You have probably heard about how great Green Tea is for you, here I break it all down.
It’s time to go green—tea! Our whole world is changing right before our eyes. As a global community, we’re taking better care of ourselves and are more informed than ever on the vast array of natural herbal remedies available to us across the planet—including the super antioxidant powerhouse of green tea. But what makes green tea so healthy and essential for our skin? Let’s dive in.
Humans have enjoyed green tea since about…the beginning of time—and for good reason. Green tea is full of catechins—natural antioxidants that prevent cell damage and reduce the formation of free radicals. One of these catechins is a compound called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to reduce inflammation—the root of many skin disorders and diseases. EGCG is thought to have anti-carcinogenic properties, and the ability to prevent UVB-induced inflammatory responses, immunosuppression, and oxidative stress, all of which are main factors in skin cancer. Plus, EGCG fights DNA damage from UV rays that can prevent skin cancer. Because it combats DNA damage, it is also a potent anti-aging ingredient, especially when used topically.
Tired of acne? Green tea contains a bunch of polyphenols (including the aforementioned catechins), which are believed to boost digestion and brain health, as well as protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers. Not only that, but the polyphenols present in green tea reduce redness, irritation, and swelling, and also lower lipid levels resulting in less sebum production. And less sebum production = less oiliness and less clogged pores and fewer breakouts. Polyphenols in green tea also damage bacterial membranes and fight against infection, meaning it’s a useful tool for treating the bacterial growth that causes acne.
We all love the extra bit of vitality green tea gives us when we enjoy a hot cup or ice-cold glass of the tasty beverage. But did you know that the caffeine and tannin present in green tea help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, making it an effective treatment when it comes to battling puffiness and dark circles? Plus, the tannins in green tea act like an astringent, which helps shrink the look of pores.
We all know vitamins are essential when it comes to the healthy function of our bodies—and that also includes maintaining youthful, healthy skin. So it’s great to know green tea is loaded with Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E, both vital elements to a well-structured skincare regimen. As we grow older, our bodies produce less collagen, which leads to signs of aging. Vitamin B2 helps maintain collagen levels, keeping skin firm and youthful, and works symbiotically with Vitamin E to keep skin hydrated and fortified. Simply put, green tea provides a powerful 1-2 punch of essential vitamins and nutrients that have been shown to significantly help skin.
If you love green tea, now you have one more reason to love it more. And if you don’t love green tea, it’s time to start. Youthful and luxuriant skin awaits those who take the time to nourish their bodies, both inside and out. One easy way to reap the benefits of green tea is by using our Bergamot Green Tea Cleanser.
Savy Guthrie is a dermatology PA with 17 years of patient care experience and is the founder of Theoderma Skin Care.
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