Green tea is fantastic for the skin. With heaps of benefits, this is a natural product which you can rely on to give your skin the help it needs as it gets older.
Thanks to NaturalLivingIdeas, here’s a quick preview of just some of the many ways this magical ingredient can give our complexion a much-needed kick.
1. Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and other properties which can fight inflammation and bacteria.
In a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology, it was suggested that, based on several studies, ‘green teas possess anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic potential, which can be exploited against 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. Fight the Signs of Aging
Antioxidants are our most powerful weapon in the fight against ageing, 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 found in research to reactivate dying skin cells! While 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 significant.
Other antioxidants in the tea help prevent free radical damage and encourage healing of cells – all of which fight signs of premature ageing like age spots, wrinkles, and sun damage.
3. Treat Oily Skin
Tannins in green tea act as an astringent which shrink pores. The tea also helps to reduce the production of sebum (the skin’s natural oil) by the glands in each pore. This makes it a much better solution than harsh conventional treatments for those with oily skin, which just work by removing excess oil, rather than by reducing production.
In fact, one study showed a 70% reduction in sebum production after participants used a product containing 3% green tea extract for eight weeks.
4. Eliminate Acne and Blackheads
Green tea used topically has also been shown in at least three studies to treat mild to moderate acne, with each study showing over a 50% improvement in symptoms during the research period.
In one of the studies, when a 2% green tea lotion was applied twice daily for 6 weeks, participants enjoyed a 58% reduction in their total lesions and a 39% decrease in the severity of their pimples.
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
Remove dead skin cells (and rejuvenate the dying ones!) by utilizing the slightly abrasive texture of dry green tea leaves. This fantastic exfoliator will also help to remove excess oil and pollutants, exposing the cleansed and renewed skin underneath.
Dr. Spiller Biomimetic Skin Care Sanvita Cream is a lipid and antioxidant-rich 24-hour cream with Green Tea and Ginseng Extracts to stimulate metabolism and prevent premature ageing and expression lines. Calming effects leave the skin soft and supple with a fresh complexion.
This is an antioxidant-rich cream with Green Tea Extract to protect the skin from free radicals, Ginseng Extract to revitalize and reactivate the skin cells. Skin is well hydrated, the skin expressions are relaxed and complexion smooth.
How to use:
To be used as a day and/or night cream. Apply evenly to a cleansed and toned face, neck and décolleté after application of appropriate serum, such as Sanvita Gel, morning and evening. Massage into skin until fully absorbed.
- Green Tea Extract
- Ginseng Extract
- Panthenol/Provitamin B5
- Olive Oil