Caffeine is an alkaloid belonging to the family of Methylxanthines that can be found in a number of different plants like coffee, obviously, but also tea, mate, kola nuts, guarana, and, to a lesser extent, cocoa. Although it's famous for the stimulating effect it has on the central and cardio-vascular nervous system, caffeine can also affect your skin.
When used in its pure, but synthetic, form it contains antioxidants, which help to protect skin from UV rays and slow down ageing, as well as firming and anti-cellulite characteristics thanks to its lipolytic components. It also has soothing properties which help alleviate redness in sensitive skin. But we've also discovered that caffeine contains elements that work wonders on the eye area.
Four times thinner than the rest of the body, the extremely delicate skin around your eyes is the first to give way to tiredness and signs of ageing such as dark circles, bags, and wrinkles. The properties in caffeine, our vascular toner of choice, really help to drain excess liquid from the eye area. Its anti-fatigue component injects a bit of tonicity back into the blood vessels and helps boost micro-circulation.
Since it works directly on the vessels, it drains the skin at the same time and the impact of this is particularly noticeable in the fragile eye area. Through this process of draining and firming up the skin, caffeine can also help to get rid of the unsightly bags under your eyes. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Moisturizing Eye Cream to moisturise and tone the eye contours. With regular use, crow’s feet wrinkles are reduced. Eye contour regains its firmness and looks revitalized. The Pro-Retinol A in the Revitalift Eye Cream stimulates cell renewal to thicken the epidermis to reduce wrinkles.
It's best to apply skincare onto your eye area in the evening, when your skin is clean and dry, by dabbing it in gently where the bone is using the tips of your fingers (there's no need to go over your eyelashes!), moving from the inner corner to the outer corner. The result? The caffeine in the eye creams will quickly reduce any puffiness and firm up the skin so that you look less tired and more relaxed!
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