Green tea is one of the healthiest things to use on your skin
Green tea is one of the healthiest things to use on your skin. When it comes to skin health, drinking green tea has been found to help delay aging, protect the skin from UV rays, help improve skin tone, and reduce acne.
Amazingly, applying green tea topically to the skin can also provide a host of health benefits!
Reading on to find out why you should be adding green tea to your daily or weekly skin care routine.
If any reaction to the treatment is discovered this should be stopped immediately.
1. Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Green tea is fully loaded with antioxidants and other properties which can help fight inflammation and bacteria on the skin.
In a report(Download) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology, it was suggested that, based on some studies, ‘green teas has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic potential, which can help with a variety of skin disorders’.
The researchers also 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.’
2. Help Fight the Signs of Aging
Antioxidants are our most powerful weapon in the fight against aging, with a certain class of antioxidants – known as catechins – being especially potent. In particular, the catechin EGCG is especially beneficial and makes up a large percentage of the catechins in green tea.
EGCG has been discovered (Download) in research to reactivate dying skin cells! But these benefits are limited to the outer layer of skin (as the tea’s properties aren’t absorbed beyond that), the research suggests that these benefits are quite significant.
Other antioxidants in the tea can help prevent free radical damage and encourage the healing of cells – all of which fight the signs of premature aging such as wrinkles, age spots, and premature sun damage.
3. Treat Oily Skin
The tannins in green tea act as an astringent that can help shrink the pores. Also, tea can help (Download) reduce the production of sebum (this is the skin’s natural oil this is produced) by the glands in each of the pores. This makes it a far better option than the somewhat harsh conventional treatments for those with oily skin, which just work by removing excess oil, rather than by reducing production.
One study has, (Download) shown a 70% reduction in sebum production after participants used a product containing 3% of a green tea for eight weeks.
4. Eliminate Acne and Blackheads
Green tea used has also been shown in at least three studies to treat mild to moderate acne issues, with each study showing (Download) over a 50% improvement in symptoms during the research period.
One of the (Download), when a 2% green tea lotion was applied twice daily for 6 weeks, participants saw a 58% reduction in their total lesions and a 39% decrease in the severity of their pimples and spots.
Of course, the tea’s antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties all help to fight both acne and blackheads when applied topically, making it a safe and cost-effective alternative to other skin treatments.
5. A Gentle Exfoliator
The removal of dead skin cells (and rejuvenate the dying ones!) by utilizing the slightly abrasive texture of loose dry green tea leaves. This is an amazing exfoliator and will also help to remove excess oils and pollutants that can form on the surface of the skin, exposing the cleansed and renewed skin underneath, this will give you an instant glow.
A homemade loose green tea exfoliator is also a great alternative to a store-bought product, many of which contain tiny plastic pellets called microbeads, which are causing so many problems in the rivers and oceans around the planet so let's all consider the environment. Its estimated that approximately 19 tons of microbeads are discharged annually into New York’s waterways alone!
6. Added Sun Protection
Drinking green tea has been shown in many scientific studies to help protect the skin and neutralize the damage done by exposure to UV rays.
According to one small study (Download), the equivalent of two cups of loose green tea a day can reduce both the inflammation and skin redness associated with daily sun exposure. The researchers suggest that green tea exerts ‘protection against sunburn inflammation and potentially longer-term UVR-mediated damage’. It would be good to see more extensive studies carried out on this matter We would, of course, recommend still using a daily sunscreen factor 30 to 50 in addition to drinking tea, the rule being the more protection the better.
7. Enjoy its Energizing Scent
Wake yourself up in the morning by splashing some tea infused toner on your face, or applying a homemade green tea-rich body wash in the shower. Lots of people enjoy the uplifting and energizing effects of green tea’s aroma. Surprisingly, others find it is the perfect addition to their nighttime bath, as the scent relaxes and soothes!
8. Reduce Eye Puffiness
Swollen and puffy eyes, or dark circles underneath, indicate fatigue and a lack of sleep. When you don’t have enough time or opportunity to take a power nap, place a couple of cool tea bags or cotton balls dipped in cold brewed green tea over your eyes and just try to relax for a few minutes. The antioxidants and tannins in the tea help shrink blood vessels around the delicate eye area, alleviating swelling and puffiness.