Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG$6.70
What It Is About Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG is a lightweight, water-based serum with caffeine and EGCG.
Why It’s Special
This treatment visibly reduces the appearance of dark circles, under-eye bags, and puffiness in the eye contour area.
- Caffeine: an antioxidant that firms, tightens, and brightens the under-eye area
- Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG): a compound found in green tea leaves that provides antioxidant support
How to Use
Massage a small amount into the area around your eyes in the morning and at night.
- Size: 30 ml
- pH: 4.5-5.5
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m pregnant or breastfeeding. Is Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG safe for me?
This product is considered safe for use while pregnant or breastfeeding, but it’s best to check with your healthcare provider first.
When should I expect to see results?
You should notice a tightening and firming effect around your eyes after the first use.
How often can I use Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG?
We recommend applying it once or twice daily.
Can I use Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG with an eye cream?
Yes. We recommend waiting a few minutes for it absorb into the skin before applying your eye cream.
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AQUA (WATER), CAFFEINE, PROPANEDIOL, MALTODEXTRIN, GLYCERIN, EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATYL GLUCOSIDE, GALLYL GLUCOSIDE, HYALURONIC ACID, OXIDIZED GLUTATHIONE, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT, POLYPODIUM VULGARE RHIZOME EXTRACT, CETRARIA ISLANDICA THALLUS EXTRACT, SPHAGNUM MAGELLANICUM EXTRACT, UREA, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, POLYACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER-6, XANTHAN GUM, LACTIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, PROPYL GALLATE, DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE, ETHOXYDIGLYCOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL.
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ReviewsRoz X. May 24, 2017
A BIT MISUNDERSTOOD
Caffeine is great for constricting blood vessels *temporarily*. Caffeine topically reduces inflammation. It basically takes puffiness down when applied. That logic and physical response are part of why caffeine body scrubs are so popular. Their source is usually coffee grounds. (This constricting has been touted by some to temporarily reducing cellulite appearance, for example and that is still debated.) What is agreed upon is that is that caffeine does take down inflammation and contains skin-beneficial antioxidants.
Caffeine is present in many of my Derm's own, personal line of skincare, both for immediate results and for long-term skin health benefits. Of course this is not a dupe for what you would ever receive from a Derm; my Derm's formulations contain other beneficial skincare ingredients, many at clinical strengths, and I assure, the price reflects as such. This particular formulation, however, is an affordable way to bring some caffeine to the eyes in a manner that will be, for many, gentle, effective, and fragrance free.
The rapid response time caffeine between topical application of caffeine beneath the eye and visible result is incredibly quick; who doesn't love a skin care product where results are that rapid...where you can see a physical changes?
What I want to stress most is expectation. To understand if this product will work for their own, personal needs, this involves identifying why your eyes may have "bags" or puffiness. Is it from genetics, your facial features due to heritage, your bone structure, lack of elasticity due to maturing skin, fat pads present beneath the eye? If so, then caffeine will produce never produce a dramatic change for those particular people, at any percentage. That said, regardless of the reason WHY you may have issue with your eye area, we ALL have days when we are retaining water or are looking and feeling puffy from fatigue, etc...and for those days, this will help most anyone make your eyes look their best. So I cannot stress enough that it is always important to understand your own skin and counter that with expectation level. I did notice Mallory A., stressed that point in her review. I was delighted to see that.
Will this work for dark circles? I have always had naturally, genetic dark circles due to the manner in which my eyes are set, even as a child. I cannot say it enough: Caffeine is not a brightening agent. I knew that when I made this purchase. You may feel more awake because the skin isn't puffy so you *look* more awake, but if you're hoping for dark-circle help, Vitamin C, Arnica, Liquorice Root..those are just a few of the true, proven ingredients that will absolutely address dark circles for many who struggle with them. Unfortunately, none of those ingredients I've just listed are not found in this formulation. That's a huge bummer. None of those are exceptionally expensive and including them would have made for a five-star product that would still be affordable.
Such is my issue with many of 'The Ordinary' products. In my view, most are one-trick pony's. They are built upon the notion that you will you be layering..stacking their products. For some skincare, I'd rather spend more for a single formulation that combines clinical-grade ingredients and get them in one product that costs what easily could be the same amount spent stacking 5 products from the Ordinary. So before you dive into purchasing 7 products from any line, examine if maybe there's another product or line that will do the same in one simple application....for the same amount of money. You'd be surprised what you can find even within a drugstore.
The Ordinary" one-trick ponies, however, in many instances, can also be viewed as their strength. Sometimes you are getting a ton of beneficial ingredients elsewhere in your skincare with what you are currently using and just want to focus on bringing 1 or two "boosters" to your skincare ....or perhaps use one a 'treatment', such as this caffeine, and so you aren't forever stacking. In such cases, you can actually be saving money in the long run by cherry picking. Even this can serve as a booster when you add a drop to a moisturizer just prior to application or perhaps add a drop your toner if you have one that doesn't contain antioxidants and you want to use those products up. (In the future, I'd recommend buying products that do have antioxidants already in them, but I'm just trying to stress that this is slightly versatile.)
I do take issue with 'The Ordinary' in their claims that it reduces dark circles, however, I think this hinges on semantics. Technically, dehydration of the body and skin does exaggerate dark circles. It's why you look awful after a night of heavy drinking or have a terrible bout of sickness; you are often very dehydrated. Your skin is your largest organ and so hydration is always a win for the body, both inside and out. If your skin, including the delicate eye area,, is not hydrated, this will enhance any and every flaw. Fine lines, darkness, dryness.....all of that is amped up when skin is thirsting for moisture. This formulation does bring hydration through Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin. It feels luxurious and rewarding on the eye largely for those reasons. A hydrated, smoother eye and slightly plumper eye, in my view, will diminish any flaw, even if only a little. Maybe you're already getting that through a great moisturizer and you instead want to reserve this for when you're puffy. Really look at why you are considering the purchase and what you are already using in your regimen. I seriously do wish they would have included proven brightening ingredients that are not insanely expensive and that does reflect in my rating.
Green Tea antioxidants are present in this formulation, which I truly love! Green Tea is amazing for drinking due to ability to reduce inflammation as well as being naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. All of those benefits translate to a bonus in health and skin. Topically, Green Tea, itself, is a win for skin. If you drink it, put those used Tea bags to work! The ingredient in this, EGCG, is derived from Green Tea, and provides antioxidants within this formula. Antioxidants help skin fight free-radical damage and that's a crucial part of anti-aging, but also skin health as a whole, including combating acne, environmental effects, etc.
I do wish that 'The Ordinary' would also talk more about their ingredient sources. Not all Green Tea is created equally, for example. Green Tea Leaves harvested from Japan contain an astronomical amount of antioxidants far over Chinese-sourced leaves. So while both may benefit you, they are not identical in the level of benefit they provide. I don't want to guess in my skincare. I think that from a topical standpoint, Vitamin C is a more beneficial, powerful antioxidant, but their EGCG is unquestionably a huge plus and is an effective antioxidant.
I bought this. I own it. I have gifted it to exhausted friends who are overjoyed. I personally reserve this solely for a treatment on rare, puffy days and instead use other products that have proven highly effective in addressing my own genetic darkness. If that is your primary goal with regard to darkness, then I would suggest you do the same. This logic can be used when approaching any skincare purchase and will help you keep your skincare streamlined.
Stacking products is not for everyone and it is certainly not necessary to get great affordable skin care, including from other lines. I do sometimes like to cherry pick certain ingredients and 'The Ordinary' keeps that simple and affordable for me. If you are layering, my tip is to use this after washing and toning, and before your moisturizer. I'd treat this as I would a serum application. It wears beautifully under make-up and does not cause piling in my experience.
4 Stars for its abilities to address *certain* types of eye "bagging" or inflammation. I was tempted to give three, but because it does include hydrating ingredients and I found it to be gentle on my sensitive skin and eyes. My stars also take into consideration this price point. If it price was higher, I'd bump it down to 3 stars.
If you are very sensitive, please, test patch using a very small amount before incorporating this into your skincare. Constriction, even slight or infrequent, may irritate some people, and topically, you never know how skin will react to an ingredients, so just use caution upon initial use. That is a great idea for anything new you introduce to your skin.
On a final note, if you have puffiness frequently, elevating the head a bit when resting or sleeping, (as well as being sure to get proper sleep), watching sodium intake, drinking Green Tea, and always focusing on your health overall is certainly going to benefit you. You can always talk to your physician if you have concerns about persistent darkness or swelling. I know it's great when you find something that will temporarily help you out, but, please, consider your skin an organ and listen to it; it is often telling you that you have greater needs than what can be found in a jar.
I do feel confident recommending this, providing expectations are kept realistic. I hope that is of help to you.308 found this helpful.TeamAmy Maria Y. Mar 10, 2017
NO MORE MILIA
Did I spell milia right? I've had those little white dots around my eyes for most of my adult life. I've always had the constant battle with eye cream. Using heavier ones caused my sensitive skin around my eyes to have milia and if I used something too lightweight, I end up with wrinkly dry skin. I then had to switch over to an oil (May Lindstrom Youth Dew which is amazing too) but in the mornings, I can't wait for oils to absorb. It also did nothing for my puffy eyes. This serum absorbs so fast you actually have to plan how you want to apply it before you remove it from the dropper. I actually apply it all over my eye area and it really reduces the puffiness. It feels refreshing and doesn't mess with concealer application afterward.88 found this helpful.Heather D. Mar 09, 2017
I've been using this serum under my eyes for about 2 months & I can definitely see a difference. When I forget or am just plain lazy, the next morning my eyes are so puffy, but when I do use it (which is every night now) the puffiness is gone. Poof. As for dark circles, I haven't seen a difference with those. But if you have bags under your eyes, I definitely recommend this!48 found this helpful.Mallory A. Mar 20, 2017
Eye bags are noticeably better with this product, I have only used it for a short time so I can't see any progress on dark circles just yet. They do, however, mention on their homesite that bone structure and fats underneath the skin will cause their own shadows and dark circles that no amount of skin care can fix, so keep that in mind. The product feels great on my eyes and absorbs quickly. I can usually feel a small bit of tightening which is nice. My under eyes have felt noticeably smoother and softer and concealer looks so much better on applied already! I normally can't tell a difference with skincare but I'm a huge fan of this and for the price it can't be beat.27 found this helpful.Jes S. Mar 20, 2017
Gentle and effective at reducing puffiness
I have only been using this for about a week. What I like, is that it is gentle enough to use twice daily, and can be used underneath another eye cream (sparingly). I can wear it underneath of makeup without caking. It never causes irritation. If I apply it at night, I wake up to less swollen eyes. This is a feat as I am Asian with monolids, and as I get older, my upper eyelids are getting puffier :(
I've only been using it for a week. and in conjunction with an eye cream that reduces dark circles, so I haven't noticed any major changes in that area.18 found this helpful.Kimberly R. Mar 21, 2017
Although they only last a few hours, it does make a big visible difference when you put it on. I have really bad under eye circles and puffiness. It's not quite at the level of the Tarte "pack your bags" but at this price it really does work. Maybe over time the effects will last longer (I hope so) but it does remove bags for a little bit.13 found this helpful.