5% Caffeine Solution + Hyaluronic Acid Targeted Under Eye Serum
Revolution Skincare claims their 5% Caffeine Solution + Hyaluronic Acid Targeted Under Eye Serum can de-puff and brighten undereye darkness as the hyaluronic acid plumps to reduce wrinkles. Great claims, but regrettably the fragrance-free serum can’t deliver (at least not all that well) and the high amount of caffeine may prove irritating.
Packaged in a translucent glass bottle capped with a dropper-tip applicator, you’ll notice this very thin, water-based serum has very good slip at first, but it tends to feel drying as it sets to a matte finish. Hyaluronic acid is a super-hydrating ingredient, but the amount this contains is so low you won’t see or feel much hydration.
Oddly, second ingredient propanediol can also hydrate, but it doesn’t seem to do so here, perhaps because of the high amount of water. Once the water evaporates, skin is left wanting more.
Another ingredient that could be getting in the way of this hydrating the eye area is the amount of caffeine itself. Caffeine has pros and cons for skin, with the negatives being closely tied to the amount used. For example, concentrations at 1% or less can deliver soothing and antioxidant benefits. It’s an antioxidant in greater amounts, too, but the more you use the more skin is exposed to tannic acid, one of the primary ingredients in witch hazel which helps give this astringent plant its skin-constricting action.
The constricting effect of caffeine as it penetrates (which it can readily do on skin) can help alleviate puffy eyes from too much salt, partying, or even to some extent from allergies, but cannot reduce age-related puffiness due to fat pads underneath the eye slipping downward (this concern is commonly referred to as undereye bags).
To date, there’s no research showing 5% caffeine has compelling benefits for skin anywhere on the face; in fact, recent research has shown it takes very little caffeine to have a positive effect on skin, especially in regard to protection from UVB light. This is a good example of a higher percentage not being optimum for skin, and even less so when it isn’t paired with meaningful amounts of supporting ingredients.
Skip this one-note eye serum and look to our list of best eye serums for those with more well-rounded, gentler formulas.
- May help reduce puffiness not related to skin aging.
- Fragrance free.
- The amount of caffeine might pose a risk of irritating skin.
- Caffeine isn’t proven to help dark circles.
- Really just a one-note formula when the needs of the eye area are complex.
- Barely hydrating: you will need a separate product to moisturize around eyes.
Like a double espresso for tired eyes, Revolution Skincare Targeted Under Eye Serum contains caffeine to help de-puff and brighten the appearance of dark circles. Added Hyaluronic Acid helps to improve the look of the under-eye area and plump fine lines caused by dehydration in the delicate skin around the eyes.
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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