What Is Green Tea?

Green tea is derived from the tea plant Camellia sinensis's leaves and buds.The active ingredients in green tea are polyphenols (also known as catechins), which are thought to support the skin due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. The best-studied catechin, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), is used both orally and topically for its many possible health benefits. Green tea also contains caffeine and tannins, which act by shrinking blood vessels and decreasing puffiness.

How Green Tea Works?

Green tea has been researched as a cure for a host of dermatological disorders, including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, viral warts, and even skin cancer, due to its multifaceted composition.

Green tea leaves or extracts have been shown in studies to have many skin advantages, including anti-aging effects, when applied topically. Green tea polyphenols have powerful antioxidant and skin-soothing effects, and they hold great promise for enhancing the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

What Green Tea Does To The Skin?

  • Anti-acne Properties: The green tea’s potential to suppress sebum, along with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, makes it ideal for acne patients and others with oily complexions.
  • Skin-soothing Properties: Green tea has the ability to minimize inflammation in several skin disorders including eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff.
  • Skin-protection Properties:  an antioxidant that scavenges free radicals caused by environmental stressors such as UV radiation and pollutants, it's a logical option to use in any anti-aging skincare treatment to protect the skin. EGCG has the ability to combat DNA damage in skin cells by facilitating DNA repair.
  • Anti-aging Properties:  it may minimize signs of sun exposure such as hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and fine lines.

Reference Sources

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2015.
  • Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2008.
  • Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, December 2001.