Green tea for skin health and youthfulness, can this really be a thing?
Do you sometimes wish that you could have lovely glowing skin merely just by eating certain foods and drinking drinks you actually like?
You know that healthy skin comes from the inside first, right?
You see, you need healthy juicy skin cells in order for your skin to look bright and youthful – and this starts by eating and drinking healthy foods to feed your skin cells the vitamins and antioxidants they need to stay healthy.
So it’s definitely not always about the most effective or expensive topical anti aging or skin care creams you put on your face. Yes, those do help and they do have a place in keeping your skin look as young as it can be, but it always starts from the inside with the food and drinks you consume on a daily basis.
And I’m going to start with drinking green tea for skin health.
This is what this blog post is about. It’s about the benefits of green tea for your skin and face.
So let’s start off with the amazing ingredients found in green tea…
Green Tea Ingredients
Green tea is one of the most ‘natural’ teas which ends up on the shop shelves just as natural and potent as if it were still growing in the field.
This is because of the harvesting and preparation process after the leaves have been picked from the fields. It doesn’t have rigorous extraction or lengthy storage time like most black teas have. Instead, it is steeped on cooler settings and for a shorter period of time.
While there are over 200 bioactive ingredients, these are the main live ingredients which we’re concerned about when it comes to your skin and facial complexion:
- Vitamins C, K, B & E
- Amino Acids
I’ll discuss each ingredient below with its related skin benefit.
Benefits of Green Tea for Skin
As you can probably tell from a quick glance at the above ingredients, these look like a very healthy list of vitamins and amino acids which can only benefit your skin and make it much more healthy.
Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are the real stars when it comes to rejuvenation for skin, hair, nails and health because these feed your body with the right amount of mico-nutrients.
So as you can see, you’re rejuvenating your skin from the inside here which is the most productive and effective way to get healthy skin, hair and nails.
… although you can apply green tea topically too for extra skin rejuvenation – discussed at the end of this article.
Green Tea for Skin Complexion
We should be constantly hydrating our skin to keep it soft and full of juicy moisture, and what better way to hydrate your skin than with green tea.
Of course, drinking plenty of fresh cool water each day is always recommended, but green tea has added vitamins, minerals and amino acids which water doesn’t.
Green Tea Includes Vitamin A
Vitamin A includes active compounds such as retinol, retinal and retinoic acid. These are widely known to play an important role in cell production and growth.
It also helps stimulate fibroblasts which are the cells responsible for producing tissue (in the deep layers of your skin) which keep the skin healthy and firm.
Because of this, you can see how vitamin A plays such a massive role in keeping your cells and skin young and healthy.
So if you suffer from dry skin, then you may be deficient in vitamin A.
Benefits of Green Tea for Face (Aging)
We all don’t want to see those fine lines and sagging bits of skin on our faces, but unfortunately we all know it’s going to come.
Luckily enough, there are vitamins which we can use to our advantage to help protect and repair the skin, and vitamin E is one of the most robust.
Green Tea Includes Vitamin E
Vitamin E does all it’s work in the ‘fat’ part of our cells and is classed as a great antioxidant as it also helps destroy free radicals – parasites which damage our cells.
These free radicals disturb the normal functioning of our cells and therefore make our cell tissues age faster!
Vitamin E also helps protect and repair the skin from the sun and sun damage
Vitamin E helps dissolve scar tissue on old scars (however, simply drinking green tea cannot reduce scar tissues as you will have to get a topical cream for that – but it all helps).
Green Tea for Skin Pigmentation
Skin pigmentation is when it affects the color of your skin.
Melanin is a pigment which gives your skin it’s color, and there are specific cells within the skin which make melanin.
So if these cells become unhealthy or get attacked by free radicals, then they become damaged and the melanin production will become affected. Hence changing the color pigmentation of the skin.
Green Tea Includes Vitamin C
Vitamin C has many uses when it comes to overall healthy skin, but in direct response to skin pigmentation, is its tyrosinase inhibitors which help to get the melanin production back on track.
So if you have sunburn which has changed the color pigmentation of your skin, or if you suffer from a deeper skin cellular issue – then plenty of Vitamin C will help with this.
Drink plenty of green tea, eat foods rich in Vitamin C, and even apply moisturizers which specifically have added Vitamin C in them.
Green Tea for Oily Skin, Blackheads & Acne
If you suffer from oily skin, clogged pores, blackheads or acne, then I’m sure you’re always on the look-out for products which help you to reduce these symptoms.
Luckily there are a plethora of vitamins, minerals and amino acids which can help towards getting an overall healthy skin, but did you know about the powerful polyphenol antioxidant?
Green Tea Includes The Polyphenol Antioxidant
If you have to deal with any of these:
- Oily skin
- Clogged pores
- Closed pores
… then that is probably because your skin is producing excess amounts of sebum. Sebum is the oil which your sebaceous glands secrete to moisture your hair and skin.
So the production of too much sebum can cause any of the above skin problems.
Polyphenol (a part of the EGCG compound found in green tea) is a very active and effective antioxidant when it comes to lower lipid levels, and therefore consequently, lowering sebum production levels.
Green tea has a high potentency of EGCG, and so based on this, you might want to think about drinking green tea in conjunction with eating a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of antioxidants rich in EGCG such as strawberry’s, blackberry’s, plums, peaches and kiwi.
Nine Benefits of Green Tea For Skin & Face Care
The above are the main ways in which green tea can help with your skin health overall, your skin complexion, aging, and skin problems.
So putting the benefits of the powerful antioxidants, minerals and amino acids found in green tea all together, here are the ways in which green tea benefits your skin:
- Naturally hydrates and moisturizes
- Helps fight free radicals (which damage your skin cells)
- Rejuvenates skin cells and skin health
- Gives you a healthy, glowing complexion
- Helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Hydrates excessive dry skin
- Mops up oily skin
- Restores skin pigmentation
- Helps protect and repair skin from sunburn
How To Use Green Tea for Skin
There are two ways in order to consume green tea, and that’s drinking it and applying it topically.
So in order to get the greatest benefits of green tea for skin care, why not do both!
As with anything these days, there are many choices when it comes to consumer purchase – and buying green tea and green tea-related products is no exception.
Drinking Green Tea
How do you like to drink your tea?
- Loose leaf
- Tea bags
… these are all available as green tea.
Just don’t put any milk in your green tea!
Applying Green Tea Topically
To get the added benefits of green tea for skin care why not indulge yourself in some luxury green tea products to help with your skin care rejuvenation?
This can include:
- Green tea face masks
- Rich in vitamins moisturizers
- Anti aging serums (with green tea extracts)
- Exfoliating scrubs, and even…
- Makeup setting spray!
As you’ve just read; green tea is simply amazing, and exciting, when it comes to the benefits of your skin and face care.
Because it’s loaded with potent-rich bioactive compounds (thanks to the relaxed production process), it gives you an abundance of active, live ingredients and nutrients that will work for you by nourishing your skin from the inside out.
So taking this on-board, pair drinking green tea daily with applying green tea beauty products such as vitamin-rich moisturizers and you’ll have amazing, hydrated and glowing skin in no time!
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Claire holds an advanced Diploma in Anti Aging Therapy and is the founder of At Home Beauty.
Claire has a ground knowledge of anatomy & physiology, nutrition and dietary & exercise effects on the human body. Claire uses this blog to share her knowledge and personal experiences to help others with skin care, anti-aging, weight loss, exercise and vitamins & minerals.
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