It’s the drink of choice for some of the world’s top supermodels and with little wonder! The benefits of green tea for skin are numerous.
You may have heard how green tea benefits your health but this potent brew doesn’t just stop with the body, it can have a protective and anti aging influence on your skin.
Green tea has been a popular health drink of choice for centuries in the Far East and has become popular in the West in recent years.
What’s more the skin enhancing properties of green tea are now be used in a whole range of new beauty products.
So why is green tea good for your skin? Let’s look at the Top 3 Green Tea Skin Benefits…
1. Green Tea Promotes Youthful Looking Skin
Simply put, antioxidants are a group of vitamins, minerals and enzymes that protect the body’s cells from the degenerative process of oxidation by harmful free radicals.
Free radicals within the body damage skin cells by starving them of oxygen, which in turn breaks down collagen levels.
Collagen is an essential part of your skin’s structure and is responsible for keeping skin supple, smooth and young looking.
Of course aging is a natural process and inevitable but it is possible to slow the process down by making certain lifestyle choices.
Skin cell oxidation can be accelerated by a number of skin-aging factors such as exposure to the sun, smoking, excessive alcohol intake and poor diet.
However by increasing your intake of antioxidant rich foods, such as green tea, you can contain and control this degeneration.
Green tea contains high levels of the extremely powerful antioxidants OPCs (oligomeric proanthrocyanidins) and this is one of the most important reasons as to why we should drink green tea for skin health.
2. Green Tea Can Reduce The Damaging Effects Of Ultraviolet Sunlight
In 2009 scientists at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio revealed that a green tea skin spray could help to boost the skin’s integral immune system and ward off damage from the sun’s harmful rays.
This has led to further research in the area and now there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that green tea’s powerful antioxidants could help to prevent skin cancer.
In fact it is thought that drinking just 2 cups of green tea per day could lower the risk of developing the type of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma by 65%.
Of course it is vital that if you spend time in the sun you should also use a high factor sunscreen at all times but the news that green tea may help to prevent cellular damage to the skin and offer the skin some protection from the sun is very encouraging.
3. Green Tea Can Help To Soothe Inflammatory Skin Conditions
Green tea when applied topically has been shown to reduce redness and itching in conditions such as psoriasis, rosacea and dandruff. Drinking green tea may also help with these conditions.
Green tea’s anti-inflammatory properties come from polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant found in plant-based foods.
If you suffer from any skin conditions that cause inflammation and redness using green tea skin products and drinking green tea may benefit your skin.
How To Incorporate Green Tea Into Your Anti Aging Skin Care Regime
The following are some tips to show you how you can utilize the powerful benefits of green tea in your skin care plan.
1) The first tip is obvious – drink green tea! Between 2 – 5 cups per day is good amount and what’s more it’s not just your skin that will benefit from these daily tea breaks.
Green tea has numerous health benefits and it can help to control the appetite, which is why it is often recommended for dieters.
If you really don’t enjoy the taste of green tea then it is possible to take it in the form of supplements or powder, however it is important to only buy high quality green tea products that do not contain additives and contain good levels of green tea.
2) Make yourself a green tea toner by steeping teabags or loose leaf tea in water and letting it cool. Bottle and keep in a cool dark place.
You can use this each day applied to cotton wool to remove all traces of cleanser morning and night or simply when you feel your face needs refreshing.
You can also make a skin-boosting and soothing green tea facemask by using green tea powder mixed with water to form a paste.
Apply the green tea mask to your face and leave for 10 – 15 minutes while you relax. Rinse away with tepid water and, after patting the skin dry, apply your regular moisturizer.
3) Rid yourself of puffy eyes or treat tired, sore eyes by applying 2 moist, infused green tea bags that have been left too cool down to your eyes.
Lie down for 10 to 15 minutes and take some time to relax!
Green tea contains tannins that may help to constrict the skin’s blood vessels and have a temporary but very soothing and tightening effect on the skin.
How To Drink Green Tea
In many green-tea drinking cultures the following ‘brewing’ advice is the norm:
● Tea should be allowed to steep for three to five minutes to enable the release of the powerful skin friendly antioxidants
● It should then be drunk immediately to make full use of these anti aging properties
● Drinking any kind of tea can interfere with the absorption of iron from other food sources but you can counteract this by adding milk or lemon to your tea
● Another way to avoid this is to drink tea in between meals
So what are you waiting for… let’s put the kettle on!