We all know that green tea is rich in antioxidants that are good for your body and your brain. With oodles of polyphenols in it, the nutritional value of green tea is super high. As with most things that are good for your insides, green tea is good for skin health, boosting skin glow and soothing your breakouts and inflammation. This revitalizing elixir has high levels of antioxidants, tannins, and caffeine that boost skin health. Green tea is excellent for skincare as it reduces blemishes and evens out skin tone. Add some green tea to your skincare routine for brighter and healthier skin. Here are the top 5 green tea benefits for the skin.
1. Protects from sun damage
Drinking a couple of cups of green tea every day can help minimize the damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. Green tea consumption has been shown to decrease the redness and inflammation commonly linked to sun damage. Consuming green tea also increases benzoic acid levels. Benzoic acid is used to soothe skin irritation caused by burns and even eczema. Drinking green tea may help to reduce the appearance of age spots caused by sun damage and even prevent certain forms of skin cancer.
2. Clears up your pores
Green tea contains tannins, which work great as astringents. Tannins also reduce the production of sebum (naturally produced oil in the skin). People with oily skin tend to release too much sebum, resulting in clogged pores and acne breakouts. Tannins minimize pores to ensure that they clog less often. This green tea can be great for skin complexion, as it evens out the color of the skin. While most products for oily skin act on the skin’s surface, green tea targets the root cause by reducing oil production in skin cells.
3. Fights inflammation
Green tea improves skin health by keeping your pores clean and inflammation-free. The catechins in green tea catechins are powerful antibacterial agents that combat acne-causing bacteria. Its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling on existing pimples—all of this at prices way less than expensive dermatologist prescribed creams.
4. Slows aging
One of the main causative factors of visible signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, is the damage caused by free radicals. These skin villains are aided by other factors such as unhealthy diet, smoking, as well as environmental factors like pollution. Green tea can help fight premature aging by eliminating free radicals. It’s the EGCG in green tea that plays the superhero in slaying the villainous free radicals. EGCG helps boost the production of fresh new skin cells, giving dull skin a healthier glow. Green tea is also chockfull of vitamin B and vitamin E, both of which are vital for skin health. Vitamin B helps in collagen production, which, as you know, increases skin elasticity. Vitamin E helps promote cell regeneration and skin hydration. Mix up green tea with aloe vera gel to prepare your own anti-aging cream.
5. Reduces dandruff
Most of us have faced this dreaded hair problem at some point in our lives. While its usually considered a hair problem, dandruff is actually a problem caused by the skin on the scalp being either too oily or too dry. Environmental factors such as extreme weather can also cause dandruff as can bacteria and fungus that grow in hair follicles. The antimicrobial and antifungal nature of green tea helps to treat dandruff caused by fungus or bacteria. Green tea soothes and calms irritated scalp with its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea can boost hair health, too. This is because the EGCG in tea helps to stimulate hair follicles, thereby accelerating hair growth rate. You can apply a decoction of green tea directly on your scalp, or mix it with oil and then apply.
Why green tea for skin complexion?
Green tea contains Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This impressive-sounding compound is a miracle worker for your skin. EGCG reduces visible signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dry or sagging skin, that are caused by free radical damage. EGCG also helps soothe inflammation and reduce dull skin giving you a more smooth, radiant complexion. Green tea also naturally contains vitamin E, which, as we all know, is pretty good for your skin. Another skin-friendly compound, catechins, have fantastic anti-inflammatory properties. These are just some of the things that make green tea good for skin complexion.
How to use green tea for skin
For best effects, use green tea, both internally and externally, i.e., drink the tea and apply it directly on your skin. Here’s how you can use green tea for skincare:
- Don’t discard used green tea bags, store it in your fridge, and use it to reduce undereye puffiness and dark circles.
- Combine green tea with lemon juice, tea tree oil, and vitamin E to rustle up an effective homemade toner.
- Apply directly on the skin to soothe an angry zit or control inflammation in acne-prone skin.
- Use it on your hair to cleanse your scalp of pesky dandruff and get lustrous locks too.
- Green tea leaves work great as a gentle exfoliating scrub.
Green tea face mask
Here’s an easy DIY green tea skin mask you can easily make at home.
1. 1 tablespoon green tea or 2 green tea bags
2. 1 tablespoon honey
3. 1 tablespoon baking soda
4. Water for brewing
How to make a green tea face mask
Brew a cup of green tea and let it rest for around 45 -60 minutes. Strain it out and remove tea leaves. If you’re using tea bags, carefully open it, and remove the tea leaves from it. Put the tea leaves in a bowl, add honey, and baking soda. If more water is needed, use the water from the tea brew.
Cleanse your face, then apply this green tea mask with gentle, even strokes. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. For optimal results, you can apply the mask one to three times a week.
If you want gentle exfoliation too, add a teaspoonful of sugar. If you want to use the green tea mask for skin whitening, add a little lemon juice.