Here’s a fun fact: Green tea was brewed more than 4,000 years ago in China under Emperor Chen Nung. It was consumed both as a refreshing and restorative drink as well as used for medical purposes. Even in ancient times, the powerful healing benefits of green tea were understood. The only difference between then and now is that science has shown us exactly why green tea is beneficial to your body and how to best utilize its properties.
We know that green tea contains various amino acids, lipids, enzymes, vitamins and caffeine. Although the research is ongoing, green tea has been proven to play a part in reducing certain cancers, such as ovarian, breast and prostate. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Now there is one more item to add to this impressive list of benefits: Green tea’s ability to prevent and repair sun damage to the skin. Over and over again, the skincare community has proven the skin healing and anti-aging power of green tea extract.
Green Tea Protects Against UV Light
One way that green tea extract prevents and protects against sun damage is by neutralizing ultraviolet, or UV, light. Sun damage in the form of sunburn, photoaging and cancer are a result of the exposure to the UV rays from the sun, not just visible light. Whenever the sun is behind cloud cover and the visible light is decreased, some people believe they are safe from the sun’s harmful rays. In actuality, UV rays can easily pass through clouds. This is why it is important to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen everyday regardless of the season or weather.
Green tea extract has been shown to have a neutralizing effect on UV light, mitigating some of the damage it can cause. This doesn’t mean you should replace your sunscreen with green tea skin care products, but rather apply a layer of a green tea product underneath your sunscreen to boost its protective power.
Green Tea Products from Vine Vera Repairs as an Antioxidant
Antioxidants play an invaluable role in your body’s overall skin health, but especially the health of exposed skin. UV rays damage skin cells which then produce free radicals. Those free radicals are unstable and are in search of an electron to stabilize them. They often take electrons from healthy molecules they come in contact with, transforming that healthy molecule into a free radical, and the chain reaction continues and eventually causes damage to the skin cells. The sooner the chain reaction is stopped, the less damage it can cause. Antioxidants can give a free radical the electron it needs without becoming a free radical itself, thus stopping the process.
Look for Green Tea Extract or its scientific name, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, on the ingredient list of your favorite skin care products from Vine Vera.