Green tea is one of our favorite drinks in the morning. It’s made from the leaves of a plant called camellia sinensis and originated in China, but is widely popular across East Asia. When ingested, green tea can help with staying more alert due to its caffeine content, but it also provides great skin benefits when applied topically in skincare.
Green tea contains a polyphenol called Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG for short. EGCG works well when combined with other antioxidants too! When paired with Vitamin C, the Vitamin C will help reduce the degradation of EGCG. On the flip side, EGCG can help enhance the effects of Vitamin C and E as well as helps with the penetration of hyaluronic acid into the skin. Since it works so well with Vitamin C, it’s perfect for pairing with sunscreen.
Fights Sun Damage and Aging
The EGCG in green tea helps fight free radicals and damage from UV rays to prevent skin cancer. This means it also helps fight signs of aging like hyperpigmentation and skin texture.
Green tea has powerful anti-inflammatory properties found in polyphenols called catechins. These reduce redness and irritation, and are great for those with eczema, psoriasis, dandruff.
The caffeine and tannins in green tea help shrink blood vessels which decreases puffiness. Perfect for tired under eyes!
Green tea is full of vitamin B2 and E. While B2 helps with firmness and maintaining collagen, Vitamin E supports new skin cell growth and is an intense hydrator for dry skin.
How To Incorporate Into Your Routine
Green tea can be found in almost all skincare products from cleansers to masks, and moisturizers to serums.
We love green tea in cleansers because of its moisturizing properties, it won’t leave the skin feeling dry or tight when it’s washed off. It’s also extra gentle and helps with redness when removing makeup and dirt.
Because green tea helps with reducing puffiness and moisturizes, it’s one of our favorite ingredients to see in our under eye products *hint hint*