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.
It works just as well in skincare too. Here’s why you should add green tea to your skincare routine:
What Is Green Tea?
Green tea is derived from the evergreen shrub Camellia Sinesis plant (that’s how it disguises 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.
What Does Green Tea Do For Skin?
Green tea is one of my fave antioxidants. It tackles both wrinkles and acne. Here’s how:
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1. Green Tea Has Anti-Aging 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 generates them in the first place.
Translation: green tea neutralises free radicals BEFORE they give you wrinkles and dark spots.
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!
Related: What Does Vitamin E Do For Your Skin?
2. 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.
Related: How Do Antioxidants Work?
3. Green Tea Reduces Acne
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 products. But it should definitely be part of your anti-acne arsenal.
Related: Adult Acne: Why It Happens And How To Treat It
What Are The Best Skincare Products With Green Tea?
- Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80.00): available at Cult Beauty, Sephora and SpaceNK
- MD SolarSciences Mineral Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen ($30.00): available at at Dermstore and Sephora.
- Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol ($34.00): available at Dermstore and Paula’s Choice
Does Green Tea Have Any Side Effects?
Nope. Unless you’re allergic to it, green tea is safe to use for everyone.
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.
Do you use skincare products with Green Tea? Share your faves in the comments below.