The skin around the eyes is the thinnest on your entire body, makes it easy for the blood vessels to show through the skin, causing the appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes.
The eye area is subjected to constant movements including the approximately 20,000 eye blinks per day. The structure of the skin around the eyes is lacking in oil glands, collagen and elastin. These all contributed to the vulnerability of the area to dryness, dehydration and early signs of wear and tear such as fine lines, wrinkles, lost of firmness and elasticity.
How Caffeine helps firm and tighten the skin around the eyes
Caffeine is a natural stimulant commonly found in coffee and tea. The popularity of Caffeine in skincare has been rising in the past decades. The benefits of Caffeine in skincare are mainly due to its ability to stimulate blood circulation and protect skin against free radical damage. Caffeine accelerates the flow of blood in the capillaries which helps revitalise and firm the skin. While its antioxidant properties help protect against the environmental stress and damage.
A four week study showed that a Caffeine eye pad can reduce wrinkles and dark circles while also improve the appearance and elasticity of the skin. Another clinical study showed that Caffeine eye gel can be used effectively to reduce the puffiness.
How to care for the fragile skin around the eyes
To help maintain or improve the condition of the skin around the eyes, use a gentle eye cream such as Rosehip Eye Cream. Formulated with Caffeine and Rosehip oil, it helps revive and protect the sensitive skin from premature signs of ageing. It may also help reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Gently apply to the skin around the eyes twice a day or as often as necessary.
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Sources: The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience, John Bickle; Evaluation of Caffeine Gels on Physicochemical Characteristics and In Vivo Efficacy in Reducing Puffy Eyes, Journal of Applied Pharmaceuticals Science, 2011, 56-59; Evaluation of the clinical efficacy and safety of an eye counter pad containing Caffeine and vitamin K in emulsified Emu oil base, Advanced Biomedical Research, 2015 Jan 6, 4: 10.