Cheerio! Bottoms up! It's tea time for your skin!
Green tea is touted for its many positive health benefits when taken both internally and when used topically. Just what is it about this leaf that makes it so special?
The Power of 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 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 ailments like headaches, help treat depression, and prevent cancer, reducing damage done to the skin from environmental aggressors and pollutants.
Tea For Your 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's many skin benefits include:
- Unclogging pores
- Maintaining youthful skin structure and firmness
- Reducing oily skin by decreasing sebum production
- Reducing rosacea redness
- Reducing dandruff
- Slowing down aging
- Fighting inflammation
- Stimulating hair growth
- Treating acne
- Fighting blackheads
- Softening and nourishing skin
- Treating psoriasis
- Protecting against sun damage
- Slowing the aging process
- Treating puffy eyes and dark circles
- Fighting signs of premature aging like liver spots and wrinkles
What Gives Green Tea Its Superpowers?
Green tea is full of vitamins B2, 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. It's thought to be 200 times more powerful than vitamin E for neutralizing free radicals which can attack and damage the DNA of the cells.
Other antioxidants in the tea help to prevent free radical damage and encourage healing of cells. It has an inhibitory action on collagenase, a collagen-reducing enzyme known to break down collagen, thereby helping to maintain firm, elastic skin.
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 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 that exposure. Researchers suggest that green tea exerts "protection against sunburn inflammation and potentially longer-term UVR-mediated damage."
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 decreases oil production. Green tea helps to reduce the production of sebum (the skin's natural oil) by the glands.
Green tea leaf fibers stimulate hair growth. That's attributed to catechins and polyphenols stimulating cellular turnover in the hair follicles.
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, which are wreaking havoc on the environment.
Find Green Tea in Your Favorite Products
Skin care scientists are taking notice of all the research that is piling up and incorporating green tea extract and the most powerful components of green tea into many skin care products. Glowbiotics offers multiple formulas that have harnessed the power of green tea. The Probiotic Multi-Brightening Anti-Aging Cream is a nourishing, firming and calming cream that is ultra-hydrating and brightening.
What do you say now? Does green tea have a place in your skin care regimen? Pass the crumpets!