Green Tea

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Green Tea

Known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties, green tea extract is also 20 times more antioxidant powerful than vitamin C and provides superior protection from free radical damage.

This defence against free radicals is especially important for sun protection. “Studies have shown that a product containing at least 5 percent green tea extract may help prevent skin cancer when applied before sun exposure along with sunscreen,”

So what makes green tea so successful at healing the body? Green tea’s most active ingredients are known as flavanols, polyphenols and epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG for short). EGCG is so potent, because it contains between 25 to 100 times the antioxidant power of vitamins C and A.

It’s the EGCG that might play a role in sun protection,  EGCG might shield against carcinogenesis caused by exposure to UVB rays; thereby, preventing UV radiation-induced DNA damage.

As a whole, more research is needed to provide a better, clearer picture of green tea’s role in skincare and its benefits.

Used in:

  • Anti aging Formulas ie serums, creams
  • Body Lotion
  • Toners
  • Body butters
  • Masks
  • Shower gels

Properties: Green tea may be valuable as an acne treatment. green tea extract cream is just as effective as benzoyl peroxide cream, minus the irritating side effects.

Benzoyl peroxide acts as both a drying and a peeling agent: it allows the outer layers of skin to renew themselves and clear pores, reducing much of the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts. But for those with sensitive skin, benzoyl peroxide can cause skin irritations like redness, burning and swelling. Green tea doesn’t appear to have these side effects.

Green tea might also help to heal rosacea. In one study, women who used a topical green tea treatment experienced a 70 percent improvement in their skin. You can always talk to your dermatologist about possibly adding a green tea formula to your treatment.

Since studies have shown green tea might offer increased sun protection, how can you add it to your daily routine? Applying green tea before your sunscreen,It is best to combine green tea with zinc oxide-based sunscreens because zinc oxide is chemically inert and should not react with green tea (which some chemical sunscreens might do, especially in sunlight).”