Caffeinated Products: Beauty Trend 2008

What: Now you can drink your coffee and wear it, too.

What the experts say: Linda Wells, Editor in Chief of Allure magazine, says that caffeinated products including ground coffee, green tea and CoffeeBerry, the fruit of the coffee plant, are showing up in lots of beauty products this year: “Caffeine has been found to fight wrinkles, calm redness, reduce swelling” because it’s a vasoconstrictor. It’s the most prevalent ingredient in cellulite creams, and is being used more and more in eye creams, face serums and rosacea treatments.”

What we say: Considering there are several research studies that back up the claim that coffee is good for more than just giving you a kick start to your day, it wouldn’t hurt to try some of the caffeinated products on the market. The problem is, that many of them don’t fit into a fashionista’s budget. However, we did find a few: Origins No Puffery, $20, is a cooling gel that you use as a mask or put a thin layer under makeup. Bare Escentuals Buzz Latte for Lips SPF 15 lip balm, $8, contains coffee extract. And, L’Oreal Sublime, $13.89, is an anti-cellulite gel — in an independent clinical study, 150 women lost an average of a half-inch off their thighs in four weeks. Makes that cuppa joe all the more enticing, right?

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