Fans Say This $20 Coffee Oil Serum Tightens Skin "Drastically," Especially Under Their Eyes
There are few beverages more essential than coffee, especially on a weekday morning. America really does run on the stuff, and in an excellent pairing of skincare and waste reduction, one beauty brand has figured out how to take coffee grounds destined for a landfill and turn them into a face serum with remarkable skin-tightening power. If there was a skincare version of a phoenix, UpCircle's Organic Face Serum with Coffee Oil would be it.
"No more wrinkles. This product is packed with powerful ingredients, and has tightened my skin drastically, especially under the eyes," wrote one Credo shopper of the glass-bottled, cruelty-free find. Another person said they were "blown away" by the "genius" formula: "It plumps, softens and leaves my skin glowing, all with a gorgeous smell…I swear my wrinkles are less obvious."
Caffeinated skincare is on the rise and has been for several years, with celebrities like Gemma Chan even taking note of the stimulant's depuffing, skin-tightening power. According to board-certified dermatologist Michele Green, MD, caffeine contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that block damaging free radicals — and the Cleveland Clinic confirms the ingredient's skin-enhancing effect: "[It's] a vasoconstrictor, which means it makes the blood vessels constrict, or tighten. That, in turn, reduces blood flow to the skin and makes your skin look brighter and smoother."
And the caffeine in this serum does its job, according to fans who say it's helped diminish their fine lines, dark circles, and redness. "My fine lines are less noticeable, [and] black circles under my eyes are disappearing," wrote one user, while another said it's made a "huge difference" in the texture of their skin.
A strong cast of ingredients supports the focal coffee seed oil, with jojoba oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, sea buckthorn oil, rosehip fruit oil, and raspberry seed oil bringing in even more antioxidants. Rosehip oil contributes wrinkle-reducing vitamin A, sea buckthorn oil promotes skin elasticity, and raspberry seed oil harnesses both vitamin A and E to stimulate collagen production (and offers nominal UV protection, though it's no SPF).
For $20, shoppers say there's a lot to love. "Literally the best thing I have ever used on my face. My skin is rejuvenated and my wrinkles have faded, leaving my skin feeling nourished," wrote a Credo customer who saw their forehead wrinkles "disappear." The praise continues on Amazon, where one person marveled that it's the first time they've seen a serum actually work. "Skin feels soft and supple for hours, and looks younger."
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