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This post will be reviewing The Ordinary Caffeine Solution.
For as long as I can remember, my under eye area has always been puffy. I recently tried to track down what exactly was causing this. At first, I thought it was the lack of sleep but then I realised that even though I slept enough, I still got puffy eyes. My conclusion is that just like dark circles and fine lines, it is probably hereditary.
Most times, I ignore my eye area but make sure it is hydrated by extending my hydrating products there. But recently, I decided to finally try The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution to see what it can actually do for my puffy eyes.
First Impressions of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution
According to Deciem;
This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.
This is a simple eye serum that helps to reduce the appearance of eye puffiness and dark circles. Unlike your regular ‘eye creams’ which are usually a scam with no active ingredients, this one has Caffeine and EGCG from Green Tea. So, you’re definitely getting the good stuff.
Side Note: After The Ordinary released this serum, I began to see more brands step up to create eye creams with active ingredients. For instance, The Inkey List has the Caffeine and Retinol eye creams in their arsenal of products.
Consistency & Texture:
It has a gel-like texture with a semi-thick consistency. It’s not too thick and not too runny for the eye area. One drop is just fine for both eyes.
This eye serum retails for £5.80 for a 30ml pipette bottle. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Like I mentioned earlier, this is an oil-free formula with Caffeine as its second ingredient. It also has hydrating ingredients like Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Urea and Lactic Acid. Not forgetting EGCG which is derived from green tea. Just like the rest of The Ordinary products, it is fragrance-free as well.
Review of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution
We’re directed to:
Massage a small amount onto the eye contour AM and PM. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised.
What I do:
Just as we’re directed, I apply one drop with my ring finger at the last step of my AM & PM routines. This days, I started to layer an hydrating eye cream over it just to increase the hydration. Of course, this step is totally optional. I’m just being extra.
How It Worked
I used it consistently for about a week before I saw a noticeable difference in my under eye area. I was looking through a bunch of selfies I took when I noticed that eyes weren’t as puffy. So I went to look for pictures to compare both photos. Alas! I wasn’t seeing things. There was actually a difference. I was excited because it meant that I didn’t need to succumb to the pressure of wearing a concealer.
But there’s a catch!
The results are temporary. Yup! Ever since that time when I noticed that my puffiness disappeared, I started to pay more attention to it. That was when I discovered that the result of The Ordinary Caffeine Solution was temporary. Which I think is understandable because life happens. Sometimes, we don’t get as much sleep as we should and we wake up all puffy.
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution definitely works albeit temporarily. It is definitely not a magic elixir. This means that you need to get your habits in check if you want the results to be permanent. Get enough sleep at night and stay hydrated. Will I repurchase? Probably! Although, I’m thinking of trying The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream. When I do, I’ll post a comparison post of both so stay tuned!