You probably know by now that you can drink green tea for the best internal health, whether it’s for weight loss, an increased immune system or a lower risk of cancer. But the benefits aren’t only internal. Your skin can benefit tremendously from green tea’s healing properties with external application.
Many skin products are made with the benefits of green tea, from creams to body treatments. You may be asking yourself why this ingredient is so popular among the skin care industry. The truth is that there are multiple benefits from this potent ingredient that you may not necessarily be aware of.
CAFFEINE. Although it has been decried in the past as being bad for you, it’s actually one of the best things for your skin, particularly for your eyes. Caffeine increases circulation in the eye area to help reduce puffiness and dark circles. Meanwhile, on the rest of your face it helps the blood flow, which means that your skin can maintain that healthy glow.
ANTIOXIDANTS. The antioxidants in green tea have a powerful effect on the inside of your body, so it’s only natural that it has the same effect on your skin. The polyphenols in green tea fight free radicals that can cause skin damage and make your skin appear sagging and lifeless. Studies are still being conducted by various research institutions, but green tea has been shown in the past to improve skin elasticity and reduce certain signs of aging. These are also combined to help inhibit the growth of proteins that can lead to cancerous cell growths.
ECGC. Epigallocatechin gallate, commonly known as ECGC, is known for its properties in reducing disease and inflammation. This can be helpful with treating a variety of skin conditions beyond just simple anti-aging, such as rosacea, psoriasis and possibly different types of skin cancer. This chemical can also help rejuvenate skin growth and help prevent acne.
VITAMINS. The healthy vitamins C, E and K all make their presence known in green tea. Vitamin C is incredibly helpful in aiding the body in producing collagen, which restores plumpness to sagging skin and is an important building block for that youthful glow. Vitamin E interacts with cells to help destroy free radicals and prevent cancer. The less commonly known vitamin, Vitamin K, helps boost the clotting factor in the skin and helps reduce redness. Put them all together, and you have a potent mix.
The best part about green tea is that it is readily accessible and easy to incorporate into your skincare routine. It’s not only simple to do but can be downright refreshing, particularly on a warm summer day. Here are some of the best ways to include this potent ingredient into your skincare routine:
-Your doctor says to always wear sunscreen, but you can combine green tea with a zinc oxide-based sunblock formula in order to give you the maximum sun protection. Put green tea into a spray bottle and let it cool in the refrigerator. Spray onto your skin and let dry before applying your sunscreen.
-You can use that same spray as a refreshing toner. After cleansing, spritz on your face before you apply your favorite moisturizer.
-Pair with your favorite facial cleanser for antioxidant properties. Run the teabag under the warm water and open the bag. Combine with your favorite cream cleanser and apply to your face, leaving on for five minutes and then rinsing.
-Use it for a steam facial. Make green tea in a bowl, put a towel over your face and put your face over the bowl. This method will open your pores and allow the toxins to escape. Leave on for five minutes, then wash face with cleanser.
-Look for Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, green tea’s technical name, on the ingredient label of your favorite skin care products. The cosmetics industry has caught onto the massive benefits of green tea and is including it in skin care products especially those focused on eyes.
Are you ready to incorporate some green tea into your skin care routine? How are you planning to do it?