Does Caffeine Really Help To Get Better Skin?
Jun. 1, 2020
There’s nothing new about the use of caffeine in skincare products. In fact, caffeine has been used in health and beauty products for years; it’s an age-old remedy for wrinkles and cellulite. When you ingest caffeine, it boosts your energy and aides in your concentration. However, when you use caffeine topically, the effects are a little bit different.
Caffeine is a pretty controversial ingredient in the beauty industry. It does have some positive effects on your skin, like brightening it and reducing puffiness and inflammation, but its effects on the skin aren’t better than getting a good night’s rest. With the push for more natural products, it’s easy to see why caffeine has become very popular over the last few years as a skincare ingredient.
Five Benefits of Caffeine for Skin
Studies on the positive qualities of caffeine have been a little hazy, but here are five of the reported benefits of using caffeine on your skin.
Adding caffeine to your beauty regime
When it comes to adding caffeine to your beauty regimen, you should go at it with an open mind. Plenty of products claim to help with cellulite and puffy eyes, but you should focus on the proven benefits of caffeine. Those proven benefits are its soothing properties and antioxidants. Caffeine is also great for tightening blood vessels under your eyes and reducing puffiness under them as well.
While these effects are temporary, there still some worth in using caffeine in your daily skincare routine. When you combine caffeine with things like ginseng, both products together can energize the skin and optimize cellular energy. This power combo will keep your skin hydrated, conditioned, and looking its best all day.
The major downside to caffeine is that when you stop using it topically, your blood vessels can have the same reaction as they do when you stop drinking it in the morning, and this increased circulation can cause redness. Despite these to downsides, caffeine plays well with most other beauty products and can still add value to your skincare routine.
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While innovation is a great thing and there’s always a new ingredient or technique on the scene with many skincare tips to go along with it, we all want to know the very best practices for achieving radiant skin! 💗Now, let’s take a deeper look into all the advice and time-tested information we’ve learned from skincare experts. Share the rules and tips you’ve learned and recommended throughout your skincare journey in 🏷 Derm Tips on Cherie. For example, when and where to wear sunscreen, how to save period skin, or the best anti-aging trick you learned.
Cleanse your skin like a pro
Cleansing is the first step of any skin regime, and it's essential to your skin's health that it is done correctly. Cleansing the skin removes makeup, sunscreen, and impurities/pollution built up from the day. Always use a Ph balanced cleanser to avoid compromising your skin's barrier. I generally switch out my gel cleanser for milk or balm in the winter months as my skin becomes drier. I find milk or balms more hydrating and soothing for the skin. My go-to right now is BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - Lait Vip O2 Oxygenating Milk Cleanser paired with either the mini glove Biologique Recherche or the Luna Cleaning tool FOREO - LUNA Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush Fuchsia to aid deeper cleaning and increase blood circulation while massaging the skin. Try not to skip cleansing at night no matter how sleepy you are, sleeping with your makeup on goes far beyond clogged pores. Sleeping with your makeup on in the long term will prematurely age your skin due to the breakdown of collagen from environmental pollutants left on the skin. Always cleanse your skin twice at night. Double cleansing is key in removing makeup and sunscreen effectively. Makeup and sunscreen are designed to stick to the skin, and one cleanse just not going to cut it. Use colder water, never hot water to cleanse your skin. Heat is not your skin's friend; it can cause tewl (transepidermal water loss), lead to irritation, dehydration and sensitivity. Avoid cleansing the skin in the shower, the water is generally too hot, and the shower's pressure can lead to burst vessels. Pat dry, do not aggressively rub your skin with a towel - I hear too many times people rub their skin aggressively with a dry face cloth to exfoliate the skin - stop it. Be gentle with your skin; there are better ways to exfoliate your skin - trust me. Which moves me on to P50 lotions BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE - LOTION P50 PIGM 400 Follow your cleansing routine with the correct P50 lotion for your skin type. P50 lotion is a gentle but effective way to exfoliate, hydrate the skin while maintaining the skin's Ph and respecting its barrier function. My go-to P50 right now is Pig400 which also targets hyperpigmentation concerns. More tips and tricks on cleansing the skin below https://www.kimberlydematos.com/post/the-art-of-cleansing Dm for p50 recommendations.
THE EASIEST BUN!
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What it means to blowdry down the hair cuticle!
Let’s simplify what it means when a hairstylist says to blow dry down the hair cuticle: When you think of your hair, think of the shingles on a roof. They’re all laying down but on top of each other. The cuticle of our hair is doing the same! When we blow dry up or at the hair cuticle, it causes all those little shingles to stand up- causing frizz, loss of moisture, and hair damage. When we blow dry down the hair cuticle, all the shingles can lay flat against each other and be the protective barrier that they’re supposed to be. If you’re having trouble with extra frizz or loss of moisture pay attention to the direction that your blow drying. This could make all the difference!
Tips from a derm for exercise induced acne
With a new year comes resolutions, many involving healthier lifestyles and exercise. So why let exercise induced acne hold you back from achieving these healthier choices. Exercising can cause excessive sweating-leading to increased oils, dirt, friction, and even bacteria on your skin leading to acne. This can manifest as facial or truncal acne (think backne), often known as acne mechanica or folliculitis. Cleansing properly is incredibly important for preventing exercise induced acne. It’s important to remove all makeup prior to working out. Gently shower with lukewarm water immediately after sweating. If a shower is not available, reach for a cleansing wipe. Clean, loose-fitting moisture wicking attire is key. This helps prevent friction and additional bacteria and sweat from dirty clothing. In addition to wiping down all gym equipment, don’t forget about the stuff that hits your skin regularly such as headphones, watches, and headbands. Most importantly, don’t forget sunscreen and gentle moisturizers. Favorite OTC products: Cleansers: PanOxyl - Acne Foaming Wash Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Maximum StrengthCeraVe - Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser Wipes: Simple - Micellar Make-Up Remover WipesLA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Clarifying Oil-Free Cleansing Towelettes Treatments: LA ROCHE-POSAY - Effaclar Adapalene Gel .01% Topical Retinoid Acne TreatmentDIFFERIN - 0.1% Adapalene Acne Treatment Gel Pump
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