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Datasheet: Caffeine

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Name : Caffeine

English name
CE No.


  • Plant
  • Synthetic

Geographical origins

  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Central America
  • South America


CosIng functions

  1. Skin Conditioning Agent
  2. Masking

Non official functions

  1. Lipolytic Agent
  2. Slimming Agent


No restriction nor condition for use

Knowledge to date

As the main active used in slimming cosmetics, in particular when they target cellulite, caffeine is chosen for its lipolytic action. In addition, studies have shown that it also acts by activating skin microcirculation, which has an influence on tissue micro-vascularization and modifies the appearance of cellulite. On top of that, it is a vasoconstrictor – it contracts blood vessels and reduces their diameter – as well as a diuretic agent – it enhances drainage as well as the elimination of excess water in tissues –, which can also make it a choice decongestant active to reduce puffiness and bags or limit the visual aspect of dark circles. Lastly, caffeine has a few other acknowledged properties: it has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Also read our article, Caffeine, the all-rounder active ingredient …

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