You know when something tastes like crap but you force yourself to drink it anyway because it’s healthy?
That was my relationship with green tea until I met Pukka. I don’t know how they do it but they managed to get rid of that bitter herbal flavour that puts me (and a lot of you) off it.
I’m thrilled they did because green tea is an anti-aging elixir. It keeps wrinkles off your face, gives your sunscreen a boost and even tones redness down a notch or two.
P.S. It works just as well in skincare too. Here’s why you should add green tea to your skincare routine:
What The Heck Is Green Tea?
Green tea is derived from the evergreen shrub Camellia Sinesis plant (that’s how it disguised itself on the label, by the way). The same plant also gives us black tea and oolong tea, but through different processes. Green Tea is made by steaming and drying the leaves.
Green Tea has antiaging properties
Green Tea is rich in polyphenols, a group of antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. Polyphenols do double duty: they destroy free radicals and soothe the inflammation that causes them. The most powerful polyphenol in green tea is called Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (I know, it’s a mouthful!). It’s said to be 200 more effective than Vitamin E!
Green Tea Reduces Sun Damage
My fave green tea superpower? This little plant can reduce sun damage.
Studies show that “green tea polyphenols are photoprotective” and that applying them to your skin can help reduce inflammation and redness caused by sun exposure.
In particular, polyophenols prevent UVB-induced oxidative stress (the kind that causes wrinkles and cancer) and the depletion of your skin’s natural antioxidant force. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate goes the extra mile: it also prevents collagen breakdown.
Green tea is not a natural sunscreen, but it definitely helps give your sunscreen a boost.
Green Tea Busts Acne, Too
Turns out, green tea can help give acne the boot, too.
A 2009 study shows that a 2% Green Tea Lotion is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne. After using the lotion twice a day for 6 weeks, patients reported that “the mean total lesion count decreased from 24 before the treatment to 10 after 6 weeks after treatment, a reduction of 58.33%”.
I wouldn’t use it as the only anti-acne treatment simply because it’s very rare to find this much green tea in any skincare product. But it should definitely be part of your anti-acne arsenal.
What Are The Best Skincare Products With Green Tea?
- Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80.00): green tea + vitamin C + ferulic acid. Available at Sephora.
- MD SolarSciences Mineral Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen ($30.00): green tea + zinc oxide + titanium dioxide. Available at Nordstrom and Sephora.
- Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol ($34.00): green tea + retinol + vitamin C. Available at Look Fantastic and Paula’s Choice.
The Bottom Line
Green tea is one of the most powerful antiaging weapons in your arsenal. It prevents wrinkles, fights sun damage and even boosts your acne. Drink your daily dose and give your skin its fix too.
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