It isn’t easy bein’ green – except when it comes to using green tea as a natural addition to your skin care routine. Tea has long been regarded as a superfood for its healthful properties, and green tea in particular is touted for its ability to aid in weight loss, memory loss prevention, insulin and blood sugar control, and cancer prevention. In fact, it is so powerful that topical application provides just as many benefits for the overall health of your skin and complexion. Take a look at the potent super-agents below which work together to make green tea a superhero in the health and beauty world:
Age-defying Antioxidants: Green tea is brimming with antioxidants, which attack and deactivate free radicals before they cause skin damage. Harmful free radicals accelerate the appearance of aging, but the antioxidants in green tea protect your skin from their detrimental effects. These superhero agents contain polyphenols, which are antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, and antiviral. In addition to neutralizing free radicals, the anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties of polyphenols shield your skin from sunlight-induced cancerous changes.
Calming Catechins: The majority of polyphenols in green tea are catechins, which are effective anti-inflammatory agents. Their antibacterial properties help prevent mutant acne from developing and their anti-inflammatory properties soothe the redness and swelling brought on by existing acne. Catechins also reduce the production of sebum, your skin’s natural oil, and less oily skin provides a smaller breeding ground for pimples and blackheads to grow.
Energizing EGCG: Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is an especially powerful catechin because it reactivates dying skin cells. EGCG rejuvenates and smooths out wrinkles, fine lines, and other physical signs of aging on your skin. Used as part of a topical solution, restorative EGCG in green tea can tone and hydrate lackluster skin and give your face a fresh glow all year round.
Toning Tannins: Tannins are astringents – substances which cause the contraction of body tissues, most commonly in skin. When applied to the skin around your eyes, green tea tannins will shrink the delicate blood vessels located there, which reduces swelling, puffiness, and dark circles. And when applied to the skin on your face, green tea tannins shrink your pores in the same way, which gives your complexion a tighter, more toned appearance.
Are you feeling the superhero worship yet? This March only, Ageless Allure Medispa is offering a special Luck of the Irish facial, with a vegetarian green tea cleansing and exfoliating mask. Make an appointment to come in today and unleash the green goddess within.