What is White Tea Leaf?
White tea is made from the same plant as green tea (Camellia sinensis), although it is cultivated earlier, and its taste is much sweeter and more aromatic than green tea, which can be bitter. It also needs less refining than green tea, so it can retain more antioxidant strength than green tea. The fragile leaves and buds of this young plant are used to collect the white tea leaf extract.
How White Tea Leaf Works
White tea leaves are abundant in polyphenols, which account for about 30% of its dry weight and are responsible for the green tea's natural antioxidant effects.According to studies, white and green teas have the highest concentration of antioxidant properties (via polyphenol and flavonoid content) of any tea.
White and green teas tend to contain comparable levels of the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is the major antioxidant in tea. White and green tea have almost equal antioxidant function and are also excellent antioxidants to search for in skincare products.
What White Tea Leaf does to the skin
White tea leaves are a great skincare ingredient because of the following effects;
- Fights sun damage: Research has shown that white tea extract is extremely beneficial in countering sun damage. This doesn't suggest you can abandon your SPF 30 sunscreen, but it does imply that this component will better defend against some of those dangerous UV rays.
- Helps with inflammation: Catechins, a form of polyphenol contained in green tea, have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. When our skin is inflamed, it may cause redness, which is unfortunate in the short term, but it can also cause dysregulation of collagen and elastin fibres, which can contribute to premature ageing. Both of these problems can be avoided with the use of white tea leaf extract.
Given how beneficial white tea leaf extract can be, consider using products containing even a small amount, which can help relieve environmental pressures on the skin. It's worth trying a face mask, night cream, or eye cream that contains this fantastic ingredient.
- Protects against pollutants: Antioxidants are needed in our skin care regimen to counteract free radicals, which are reactive molecules produced by our bodies and can increase when we are exposed to environmental factors such as air pollution and cigarette smoke. Free radicals can also cause tissue injury, which can result in fine lines. White tea has been found to have a high concentration of free radical-scavenging antioxidants. These potent antioxidants are not only effective when consumed in a teacup; they can also be absorbed through the skin, making skincare items containing white tea an excellent way to improve our overall health.
- Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, August 2002, pages 584–588
- Ho, Chi-Tang (2008). Tea and Tea Products: Chemistry and Health-Promoting Properties. CRC Press. p. 305. ISBN 978-0-8493-8082-2.