Gone are the days when caffeine was just something that gave your morning coffee its kick: it's become the must-have ingredient in a wide range of beauty products, ranging from bump-busting cellulite creams to serums designed to banish eye bags. But is caffeine really the miracle ingredient it's made out to be?
When it comes to beauty products, caffeine works in three main ways: as a vasoconstrictor, an antioxidant and a diuretic.
As a vasoconstrictor, it constricts blood vessels and can therefore tighten and refine pores. Its antioxidant qualities mean it can protect the skin from free radical damage which can lead to premature ageing. Finally, its diuretic properties mean it can help to drain excess fluid from the body and therefore reduce cellulite, fluid retention and puffiness.
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