Skin treatments have advanced tremendously over the years, and newer treatments are being advertised and developed every day. Caffeine has been shown to have a number of different effects on the skin. In this article, we shall take a look at how caffeine helps skin and what caffeine can be used for when it comes to skin treatment.
How caffeine can help the skin
There has been a lot of research into how coffee can help reduce the risk of stroke and even liver cancer. While its role in these conditions is a subject of ongoing research, it appears that its antioxidant effects now have proven benefit in maintaining the health of the skin. Antioxidants are compounds that act against toxins in the body, neutralizing them. These toxins are produced in response to a variety of environmental stresses meaning exposure to dust, smoke, sunlight and ultraviolet rays.
Another property of caffeine is its ability to cause vasoconstriction. This means it can constrict blood vessels, which is a useful property to reduce inflammation under the skin that can cause problems such as dark circles and even fine lines.
More recent research has shown that caffeine may help prevent damage to the skin from ultraviolet rays, and therefore help in preventing skin cancer.
Caffeine and skin cancer
Caffeine based skin treatments that are available as creams are these days are used to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Studies in mice have been shown to prevent ultraviolet light induced skin cancer in mice. However, it is not just limited to protecting the skin from cancer – it can also prevent non-cancerous skin conditions too.
Caffeine and cellulite
Caffeine also has a property of breaking down fat deposits under the skin and can therefore be useful as a treatment for cellulite.
Caffeine has generated a lot of interest recently given its anti-cancer properties on the skin. New research is still being conducted, and the results so far are extremely promising.