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It Ingredient List: Here's Why You Should Be Putting Caffeine On Your Skin

In this column, we spotlight under-the-radar skincare ingredients that ought to be in your regime.

Many of us tend to opt for caffeinated drinks to start off our day (an iced Americano in the morning, anyone?) for a quick pick-me-up. But besides having a cuppa, caffeine actually has a string of skincare benefits you ought to know about. So instead of just ingesting it, it is time you try putting some on your face.

Just like how it perks us up in the AM, it does that to our skin too and stimulates blood circulation. It is also rich with antioxidants and with constant use, it can even help ward off free radical damage from environmental aggressors like pollution and UV rays. Additionally, it also reportedly has soothing benefits to calm inflamed and irritated skin.

Caffeine is known to be a vasoconstrictor and, as it is most commonly found in eye creams, it works as an agent that constricts blood vessels — reducing the appearance of puffy eyes and dark eye circles as a result.

Above, we pick out our favourite caffeinated skincare products to add to your beauty stash.

#1: Clarins Multi Active Eye, $88
On top of its updated formula (it contains myrothamnus extract to reinforce the preventive anti-ageing effect of encapsulated teasel extract by reducing the look of fine lines), it now has caffeine and escin from horse chestnut to treat puffiness and dark eye circles. It also comes with a cyro metallic tip applicator to de-puff and brightens skin around your peepers. #2: For Beloved Girl Puffy Elimination Mineral Cloud-Silk Mask, $16 for a box of three, Sephora
This improves circulation and reduces puffiness and swelling caused by acne. Caffeine speeds up circulation and prevents reduces swelling for a more contoured appearance while potassium chloride aid in lifting facial contours to reveal a youthful V-line. #3: Chantecaille Stress Repair Concentrate, $305
Formulated with powerful plant extracts and caffeine, this eye treatment softens the look of fine lines, hydrates and provides immediate soothing effects. #4: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, $98, Sephora
These easy-to-use eye patches help to hydrate and instantly improve the look of fine lines and under-eye darkness while giving a cooling effect upon application. It contains multiple sizes of hyaluronic acid that help to attract and retain up to 1,000 times their weight in water from moisture in the atmosphere to lock in hydration. Ceramide NP, collagen and marshmallow root extract work together to smooth and soften the appearance of fine lines, caffeine de-puffs and Arnica lightens dark circles. #5: Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturiser, $50
This lightweight, oil-free moisturiser has caffeine, which supposedly helps to prevent water retention and even gives a cooling sensation upon application. Main image: Showbit.com