Tea is one of the oldest beverages around. Green tea in particular was first brewed in 2737 B.C. and has been in consumption ever since. Initially well liked in Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand, the popularity of green tea has spread throughout the Western world. Today, it is drunk not only for its flavor, but also for it’s medicinal benefits. It has become known as both a “health food” and “power food”. Studies have shown that it can be particularly advantageous for the skin, which is why many people today either drink green tea or use it as part of their daily skin regime.
Benefits of Drinking Green Tea for Skin
Fights Against Free Radicals
One of the biggest advantages carried by green tea is the high amounts of antioxidants that it contains. As a result of lifestyle, diet, the environment and many other things, free radicals are formed in the body. These unstable molecules accumulate in the body and can cause oxidative damage resulting in skin cancer, premature aging and other skin damage. Green tea has a high amount of epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG which is a type of catechin polyphenol which is a powerful antioxidant. Not only does it destroy free radicals and prevent signs of premature aging, it can also help fight cancer cells without causing damage to healthy tissue.
Controls Acne from the Inside
More often than not, people deal with breakouts of acne from the outside by using topical products. However, green tea can help keep this skin disorder under control from the inside through a number of ways.
At its core, acne is caused by cellular inflammation which can be triggered by sugar and increased insulin levels. Green tea has been shown to effectively control insulin levels and lower blood sugar. Secondly, acne may also be caused by fat deposits within the skin which build up as a result of high cholesterol levels in the body. Again, green tea has been known to help increase levels of good cholesterol to help against the buildup of bad cholesterol. Lastly, this power beverage has also been linked with balancing hormone levels which can trigger breakouts of acne.
Benefits of Using skin care Products with Green Tea
Rejuvenates for Younger Looking Skin and Healing
As mentioned earlier, green tea contains high amounts of EGCG. As this helps fight cancer cells and free radicals, it also stimulate aged or dying cells known as “keratinocytes”. These aged cells are pushed to the top layer of the skin where they prepare to die and are replaced by new cells. However, with the presence of EGCG, these keratinocytes begin the process of cell division allowing them to become reactivated and rejuvenating the skin in the process. More than just contributing to younger looking skin, this makes it possible for the skin to renew faster making it possible to heal wounds, skin ulcers, aleviate psoriasis and other skin conditions.
Prevents Skin Inflammations
Not all people have the same skin type. Some may have skin that is more sensitive than others, making it prone to various conditions that may not only be unsightly, but painful, irritating and uncomfortable. Again the flavonoids in green tea found in the form of catechin and its derivatives play a vital role in reducing and keeping away inflammation in the body. Products with green tea in it can help soothe sensitive skin that is prone to redness, irritation and swelling. It can also help it deal with rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, rosacea and other skin diseases that root from skin inflammation.
Aids in Protecting from UV Light
It is a well known fact that UV light can play a major role in destroying the skin. It can bring about wrinkles, dryness, fine lines and in more severe cases, even skin cancer. Green tea has been found to help neutralize the harmful effects of these rays on the skin. However it should be noted, that this works alongside sunscreen, since green tea alone cannot shield the skin from UV rays. When used along with the right products in can aid in preventing photoaging and cancer.
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