Green tea is one of my favorite ingredients for skin care. It has some amazing qualities that have been scientifically studied. We make our own extract for our products using organic green tea. You can also put green tea directly on your skin from your tea cup or use a spent tea bag on your eye lids. Green tea contains polyphenols such as EGCG that have powerful antioxidant activities. It is thought that these polyphenols are responsible for much of the benefits. Studies on green tea include those that have looked at green tea orally as well as used topically. And we talk a lot about benefits of green tea, but remember that black tea and white tea come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) and have a lot of skin benefits as well. More studies have focused on green tea. Here are 7 ways that green tea is beneficial:
- Studies have shown that green tea, both orally and topically, can decrease the risk of skin cancer.
- Green tea has antifungal activities to reduce athlete’s foot fungus.
- Green tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can help control acne and rosacea as well as other conditions that lead to aged looking skin.
- Green tea extracts have been shown to improve the elastic tissue in skin (a great anti wrinkle benefit).
- Tea’s powerful antioxidants can reduce oxidative stress to the skin. This stress is behind many skin conditions and also leads to aging.
- Green tea has been found to ‘quench’ free radicals and reduce inflammation by blocking UV rays. It is possible that tea extracts could enhance sun protection when used with a sunscreen.
- Green tea decreases the destruction of collagen caused by UV light and aging (another great anti-wrinkle benefit).