Hi Beautiful People!
If you have stumbled across this blog post because you are looking to see how green tea can improve your skin, you have come to the right place!!!
Ever since having to wear the dreaded face mask due to the pandemic, my poor skin has gone through it, okay! The only time my face got a break was if I didn't leave the house for a couple of days, and of course I was not wearing my mask in the house. I tried and tried to find a skin care product that would work for me, but all it resulted in was dry skin that broke out even more. So then I said to myself, Trina, you are a DIY girl. Why are you spending money when guaranteed there is something in this kitchen that can help your issue. And voila! I stumbled upon some green tea bags! When I say green tea is heaven sent, I am not joking! Below you will find a few of the many benefits that green tea has to offer for the skin!
What is green tea?
Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis (1). Green tea components are polyphenols/catechins that contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have been proving best for skincare. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), catechin, has many potential health benefits that make green tea best for oral and topical use.
Benefits of using green tea on the skin:
- Gives protection against skin cancer:
A powerful antioxidant, EGCG, repairs the DNA damage from UV rays that prevents the development of various skin disorders like melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers, according to a study in 2013
- Makes your face acne free:
Polyphenols in green tea destroy the bacterial membranes and kill systemic bacterial inflammation. So, it can easily fight against acne and other skin infections.
- Provides relief from redness and irritation:
The high content of polyphenols confirms the anti-inflammatory properties in green tea. It helps relieve swelling, redness, and irritation. Topical use of green tea can soothe sunburn, psoriasis, dermatitis, and rosacea.
- Hydrates and moisturizes the skin:
Green tea contains all benefits and vitamins, including Vitamin E, which is best known for hydrating and nourishing the skin.
- Helps to get rid of puffy eyes:
Green tea contains tea tannin and caffeine that shrinks blood vessels, and helps with brightening the skin. Using green tea not only reduces puffiness around your eyes, but reduces dark circles too.
You only need two cold and wet tea bags to place on your eyes for five to ten minutes.
- Works as an anti-aging treatment:
Antioxidants in green tea also work superbly to fight against premature aging because of bad eating habits, smoking, and environmental factors like pollution.
One of the leading causes of premature aging is free radicals, also eliminated by green tea because it contains EGCG that reactivate or reproduce dying skin cells.
- Reduces oil production on the face:
Tannin, a natural estrogen compound, and tannin-biomolecules with amino acids in green tea work to even out the skin appearance by shrinking the skin pores and make them clog less often.
Not only that, but green tea also regulates sebum production. Oily skin produces much more sebum that results in clogged pores and acne.
- Cleans the clogged pores:
One of the main problems due to clogged pores is acne. Unsighted pimples and red skin can be hard to relieve, and prescribed medicine can have harsh side effects like depression, itching, and dry skin.
Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in green tea make it the best solution for treating acne without any severe side effects. Green tea removes the bacteria that can clog pores. It also removes swelling to minimize the existing pimple look. It may tighten the pores and lessen the blackhead.
- Exfoliates the skin:
Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells. It can prevent the skin from looking dull and lifeless. Exfoliation with dried leaves of green tea boosts the production of new skin cells that give a glowing look. The abrasive texture of green tea also helps in cleaning excessive oil and dirt.
- Maintains skin's pH level:
You can also maintain your skin's pH level and fight against skin infection. Apply the brewed water of green tea for a couple of weeks for some time, and then rinse. It also softens and nourishes the skin.
How to use green tea as a mask on the skin:
There are many DIY recipes that you can try, and most times you may already have the ingredients needed right at your fingertips. Here are a few DIYs you can try to help improve your skin condition.
For dry skin: 1 tbsp of green tea and orange peel powder, and 1/2 tsp of honey works best for dull and dry skin.
For normal skin: 3 tbsp green tea leaves, 2 tbsp mint leaves, and 1 tbsp raw honey appliance makes skin soft and clean.
For oily skin: 2 tbsp rice flour, 1 tbsp green tea, and 1 tbsp lemon juice treats the oily skin by cleaning it.
Apply the mask of your choice for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. You can apply any of these a few times a week.
The bottom line:
Green tea is one of the hottest beauty trends for skincare in the market because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to protect the skin. The fact that it has no severe side effects adds to its greatness. However, if you face a skin condition that does not seem to be treated with green tea or are not sure to select a face mask according to your skin conditions, consult your doctor.