Five Ways Green Tea Can Improve Your Skin
We know that green tea is good for us – but did you know that it’s particurly good for your skin? Just how good it is will amaze you. According to Dermacope magazine, there are loads of reasons to drink green tea – here are five ways that green tea can improve your skin.
The body absorbs oxygen and turns it into energy through a process called oxidation. It’s a necessary function of a healthy body, but oxidation creates destructive atoms and molecules that we know as free radicals which ultimately damage our organs (remember the skin is our largest organ).
Green tea is packed with strong polyphenols known as catechins, the most powerful of these EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) gives green tea its ability to fight free radicals and prevent the damage they cause.
#2 – It Prevents Skin Cancer
Most of the research on green tea’s ability to prevent skin cancer has been done on mice. Research in that field show that when given green tea extract in their drinking water for 50 days, and then injected with a powerful skin cancer inducing substance, 44% fewer mice developed skin tumors than those that had not been given the extract. Powerful proof and positive research for the future of cancer prevention.
#3 – It Reduces the Effects of Sun Damage
Green tea is known for its impressive results when tested on its ability to reduce the signs of sun damage. When included in a topical sunscreen formula, it has been found to lower the actual amount of sun damage to the skin. By neutralizing damage done through UV exposure, green tea actually demolishes the free radicals created by the rays, thereby reducing the inflammation to the skin.
#4 – It Soothes Sensitive Skin
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, green tea has extremely positive results in soothing sensitive skin, especially in those suffering from Rosacea, Eczema and Psoriasis. Green tea calms the skin because of its antioxidant properties and ability to fight free radicals.
#5 – It Keeps the Skin Youthful and Toned
Free radical damage eventually leads to sagging skin, brown spots, freckles and wrinkles. Some studies show that green tea has a positive effect on the skin, helping to keep a youthful appearance. One study, conducted by Dr. Stephen Hsu, Medical College of Georgia Department of Oral Biology, found that green tea can regenerate old skin cells that were at the end of their life cycle. In his report, Dr. Hsu find that “…for the first time, certain concentrations of green tea, EGCg, or a mixture of major green tea polyphenols, stimulated aging skin cellsed keratinocytes to generate energy and synthesize DNA, possibly for renewed cell division. Therefore, green tea constituents may be useful topically for promoting cell regeneration…”
Now that’s amazing news. If topically applied green tea can stimulate aging skin cells to regenerate themselves, it’s no wonder we have started to see an emergency of green tea skincare products and topical treatments.
So if the pursuit of healthy skin is your goal – then drink up and find a quality green tea topical product to help do the job.
Dermascope: April 2012; 111-113