The health benefits of caffeine range from physical alertness and treating migraines to keeping our heart healthy and improving our memory. However, the benefits don’t stop there. Coffee and caffeine can help our skin as well.
Caffeine can tighten skin, smooth puffiness, fight free radicals, and reduce dark under eye circles. It’s fairly common to come across an eye cream infused with coffee due to all of these amazing benefits. But you don’t have splurge on expensive products when you can easily make your own coffee-infused eye cream at home!
So, how does coffee do all these amazing things for skin?
Unsurprisingly, the compound responsible is caffeine—the major part of coffee that we all know and love dearly. Caffeine is a natural antioxidant, protecting the skin from sun damage and other harmful free radicals that speed up the signs of aging such as wrinkles—combined with the other nourishing oils and butters in this cream, your undereyes will (probably) be free of fine lines for a while!
Caffeine is also a vasoconstrictor, meaning it slightly constricts blood vessels when ingested and when applied to certain areas. It’s thought that this constrictive ability is what helps the most when it comes to bringing down puffy under eyes, minimizing redness, and reducing the look of dark circles.
DIY Coffee-Infused Eye Cream
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 1/4 cup coffee infused oil (make your own using this tutorial)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 3 capsules vitamin E
- 4-5 drops chamomile essential oil
Place beeswax in a glass bowl and submerge in a larger pot of water on low heat. When the beeswax is melted, add in the coffee infused oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and vitamin e oil, stirring as you add each ingredient. Remove from heat and add 4-5 drops of chamomile essential oil, mix. Ensure to mix everything thoroughly so that there’s caffeinated goodness in every single drop!
Transfer to a storage container, or into small tin containers. Place container(s) in the refrigerator to solidify. You can keep this cream in the refrigerator since the cool temperature is also key to reducing under eye puffiness.
One of my favorite tips for puffy under eyes is rolling in a cold dab of eye cream with a jade roller, which for an extra-cooling boost is also cold from the fridge. This eye cream is perfect for using with a jade roller—its rich, moisturizing texture helps the jade just glide over the skin and smooth away any puffiness. It’s the ultimate self-care treat for the end of the day!
If you don’t have a jade roller, a jade gua sha is also an amazing skin care tool for promoting lymphatic drainage in the face—like with the roller, the gua sha perfectly complements the rich texture of this cream for a reinvigorated under-eye area.
What is gua sha? It’s a handheld tool that helps to relieve facial puffiness and relieves muscle tension. Initially used in traditional Chinese medicine to promote the flow of “chi” or energy in the skin, it now has many uses for anti-aging.
They also make great little gifts for others, since you can make a huge batch at once—and realistically, it would take you a while to get through all of them. So, why not share the goodness all around? Make them for your family and friends and I’m sure they’ll see a huge difference in their under-eyes too!
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.217