Spa-goers may be getting their daily dose of caffeine in a morning coffee, but caffeine's benefits can also be absorbed during spa treatments. At esthetician Christine Chin's spa (New York City) clients can experience the Green Tea Mask, which uses the magical ingredient to reduce puffiness and dark eye circles. Check out a recent Q&A with Chin and learn more about caffeine as a skincare ingredient.
How does caffeine benefit the skin?
Caffeine is a strong antioxidant known for its anti-aging benefits. On the surface it can help to reduce redness and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
How do topical benefits differ from drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages?
Coffee and tea are naturally-caffeinated beverages, however, energy drinks are loaded with sugar and artificial preservatives. Therefore, topical application is a healthier, more direct, and fast-working way to reap its benefits.
How does the source of caffeine change its effect on skin?
Caffeine, when applied topically through masks and other skin care treatments, constricts the blood vessels and helps reduce inflammation and puffiness. It also tightens and brightens the skin, reducing wrinkles and visibly smoothing away cellulite on the body.
What specific products are included in the treatment?
Green tea, seaweed extract, powdered soybean, and potassium Alginate are included in the Green Tea Mask.
What are contraindications for treatments with caffeine?
Those with high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and bad migraine should be cautious when considering treatments with caffeine.