Being green with envy is not a good quality to have. That’s an emotion that’s best kept under control.
Yet the color green is celebrated in the world for the hope and potential it symbolizes. The first sprouts of spring are a signal that the end of winter is drawing near. Green is the color of money. Who doesn’t love that?
Add one more reason to love the color green: tea.
What’s Up With Green Tea?
Green tea is one of the hottest trends in the skin care world, and for good reason! This ancient Asian brew boasts a myriad of health benefits to you and has been used for centuries. Touted as the healthiest tea out there, it can increase your memory and concentration, boost energy levels, improve immunity, and much more.
Japanese monks discovered green tea while visiting China centuries ago. They’ve used the tea as a daily staple ever since, claiming it gave them energy and mental focus that enhanced their meditation. It is said to help alleviate numerous concerns from headaches and depression to preventing cancer and reducing damage done to the skin from environmental aggressors and pollutants.
What Makes Green Tea So Special?
Green tea is a powerful antibacterial agent. Polyphenols in the tea damage bacterial membranes to fight against infection. It helps to kill systemic bacterial inflammation like you see with acne.
Green tea is full of vitamins B2 and E, K, and catechins. These skin-strengthening antioxidant vitamins play a role in maintaining collagen levels and supporting new skin cell growth. Vitamin E is also intensely hydrating. Antioxidants are our most powerful weapon in the fight against aging.
Catechins are especially potent. A specific catechin (EGCG) found in green tea has been found to reactivate dying skin cells.
Other antioxidants in the tea help to prevent free radical damage and encourage healing of cells.
Green tea has caffeine and tannins. These both help to shrink blood vessels around the eyes. Tannins also act as an astringent, which shrinks pores.
Green tea leaf fibers stimulate hair growth. That’s attributed to catechins and polyphenols stimulating cellular turnover in the hair follicles.
Green tea decreases oil production. Green tea helps to reduce the production of sebum (the skin’s natural oil) by the glands.
Green tea leaves are mildly abrasive. That makes them a good choice for a natural exfoliator that can remove excess oil and pollutants. They make for a clean, safe alternative to the plastic microbeads that are included in many products. They’re wreaking havoc on the environment.
Green tea can protect you from the sun. Research shows that drinking green tea can neutralize the damage done by exposure to UV rays by reducing inflammation and skin redness associated with sun exposure. Researchers suggest that green tea exerts “protection against sunburn inflammation and potentially longer-term UVR-mediated damage.”
Benefits of Green Tea For Skin
When it comes to skin health, drinking green tea has been found to delay aging, protect the skin from UV rays, improve skin tone, and reduce acne.
Perhaps not too surprising is the fact that applying green tea topically can also really benefit the skin! It has vast antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, helping to reduce issues associated with acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and many other skin concerns.
The powerful antioxidant superpower means that green tea delays the signs of sun damage, slack skin, age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. That’s because the polyphenols neutralize the free radicals that accelerate your skin’s aging process. It’s been proven to improve your overall complexion by flushing out toxins in skin, and improving the appearance of blemishes and scars.
The Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology notes that “green teas possess anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic potential, which can be exploited against a variety of skin disorders.” The researchers go on to say that “supplementation of skin care products with green tea may have a profound impact on various skin disorders in the years to come.”
Green tea has many benefits for the skin:
- Treating acne
- Unclog pores
- Fight blackheads
- Maintaining youthful skin structure and firmness
- Skin softening and nourishing
- Reduce oily skin by decreasing sebum production
- Psoriasis treatment
- Reduce rosacea redness
- Reduce dandruff
- Slow down aging
- Fights inflammation
- Treating puffy eyes and dark circles
- Stimulate hair growth
- Fight signs of premature aging like age spots, wrinkles, and sun damage
Green Tea Is Everywhere
Skin care scientists are taking notice of all the research that is piling up and incorporating green tea extract and the powerful components of green tea into many skin care products. MDSUN Hydro-Recovery Mask is one. This rich formulation restores skin after treatment through recovery, or just for normal daily protection. Rich antioxidants and intense hydration make it perfect for recovery from laser treatments, exfoliation, or other facial treatments.
Does green tea have a place in your skin care regimen? I’d say it most certainly does!