While you’re sipping your favorite iced green tea, remember that the same ingredients that make it so delicious are also beneficial to your skin. Used for centuries in Chinese medicine, green tea has plenty of wellness benefits to help your body from the inside out.
We’ll cover what green tea is and talk about five powerful skin benefits you may see by adding a green tea skincare product to your skincare routine.
What Is Green Tea?
Green tea originates as leaves. Harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant, both the leaves and white flowering buds can be used for consumption and added to topical skincare products.
Because it is packed with tea polyphenols, plant compounds with known health benefits, it isn’t surprising that we find green tea in numerous forms. From your favorite matcha to the tea bag in your cup of green tea, we find formulations of green tea everywhere.
What Nutrients Are in Green Tea Leaves?
Inside the buds and leaves of green tea are plant compounds with promising benefits.
- Polyphenols: Also known as catechins, these compounds play a role in helping the cells in your body, including skin cells, protect against free radical damage. The most abundant catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin (EGCG) which helps support proper skin hydration and elasticity.
- Vitamin E: Known for its soothing properties, vitamin E is an antioxidant known to support the skin barrier.
- Vitamin C: Another powerful antioxidant ingredient found in green tea, vitamin C helps protect skin from free-radical damage and brighten skin.
The compounds in green tea are well-studied, so let’s dive into the benefits of green tea for your skin.
5 Green Tea Benefits for Every Skin Type
Whether you deal with occasional dry skin or have oily skin that is at risk of developing breakouts, green tea is a solution you can use to help maintain balance in your skin, brighten it, and even minimize signs of aging.
1. Antioxidant Support
You probably hear a lot about antioxidants, but you might not be very familiar with what they are or how they work. To fully understand, you need to know what free radicals are and what they do to your skin.
Free radicals are unbalanced molecules that seek out healthy, balanced molecules. When they find them, they rob them of an electron and damage the cell where the healthy molecule lives. That cell then repeats the damaged pattern when it regenerates.
Damage done by free radicals can result in fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer. To protect against them, you need antioxidants. Antioxidants support your skin cell health during exposure to free radicals so you can stay glowy.
Free radicals come from sources like the sun, cigarette smoke, pollution, and even some household cleaning products. Green tea is packed with ingredients that have antioxidant properties, making it a go-to solution for keeping your skin safe from free radical damage.
2. Helps Soothe Skin
Redness and irritation can wreak havoc on your skin tone, leaving you with unbalanced-looking skin that is hard to conceal even with great makeup. The tannins in green tea have been known to help soothe skin.
Using a moisturizer infused with green tea extract can help calm skin and is also a good alternative to aloe to help take the sting out of sun damage. You’ll get double points if you pair it with hyaluronic acid, a skincare ingredient that is able to hold 1000 times its own weight in water.
If you have skin that is really going above and beyond with sebum production, you’re not alone. Pimples and blemishes happen to virtually everyone, and finding an effective skincare routine that doesn’t completely strip your skin of moisture and make the problem worse can be a challenge.
Green tea may help breakout-prone skin by keeping pores clear. Using a green-tea face mask, for example, can help you rid your skin of excess oil without leaving it feeling dry and irritated.
Blemishes can also leave your skin looking red and irritated. Green tea helps calm down areas of irritated skin, giving you a more even skin tone.
4. Hydrates Skin
Struggling with moisture? Green tea helps! The vitamin E inside of green tea helps keep your skin hydrated and nourished. Vitamin E is also a great ingredient for keeping the skin soft and supple.
If you find you have sensitive skin or combination skin, using a green tea product can help rebalance your skin’s natural moisture levels, leaving your skin feeling comfortable and healthy.
5. Minimize the Look of Signs of Aging
From fine lines and wrinkles to dark circles and skin sagging, our skin begins to show our age before we’d like it to. We’re always on the lookout for products and ingredients to help tone and restore our youthful appearance, and green tea is a favorite ingredient for skin restoration.
How To Add Green Tea to Your Skincare Routine
It’s easy to add green tea to your daily skincare routine with NuFACE®. NuFACE Super Antioxidant Booster Serum is packed with antioxidants, including green tea, to help hydrate, nourish, soothe, and protect the skin.
This serum also protects against blue light from numerous non-solar sources like smartphones, computers, tablets, and even LED televisions and lightbulbs. Blue light is a source of free radicals, just like ultraviolet rays, so protecting against them is important. This is especially true since our skin is exposed to them even when the sun goes down.
Inside this serum is IonPlex®, a proprietary blend of mineral ions and glacial water that help nourish skin and enhance the antioxidant benefits of the serum. Use it before you apply your microcurrent activator to lock-in skin loving benefits.
Green tea is a well-researched ingredient that is considered safe for use on your skin. Harnessing the powerful polyphenols and plant compounds inside can help protect your skin against free radicals, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and regulate moisture levels.
For skin that looks radiant, youthful, and healthy, order the skincare equivalent of a tall green tea. NuFace Super Antioxidant Booster Serum is the powerful solution for harnessing the benefits of green tea in your skincare routine.