The benefits of green tea for the skin

Written by: Kernel



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Green tea, an ancient drink with numerous health benefits, is also widely used in cosmetics.

Green tea gets its color from the fact that it is a tea whose oxidation has been stopped after harvest to maximize its polyphenol content, powerful antioxidants that help keep skin young and healthy.

Green tea has many benefits for the skin and can therefore be used in facial care as active ingredients to benefit from its antioxidant properties thanks, among other things, to this high polyphenol content.

Indeed, the many benefits of green tea come from the different elements that compose it such as polyphenols whose content can reach up to 20% (phenol acids, flavonols, tannin catechins, proanthocyanidols, procyanidols), ascorbic acid or vitamin C , caffeine or even amino acids.

Green tea can be found in the INCI list of your cosmetic products under its scientific name: “Camélia Sinensis Leaf Exract”.

1. The many benefits of green tea for the skin

1. Polyphenols:

Polyphenols constitute a family of molecules present in green tea with strong antioxidant properties to fight against premature aging of the skin and slow down the signs of aging. They help protect skin cells from oxidative stress and therefore from the degradation of collagen and elastin fibers by free radicals. Since collagen and elastin are at the origin of firm and smooth skin, the more they are preserved, the more the skin will maintain its youthful appearance over time.

Polyphenols and in particular catechins also help fight against the sun's ultraviolet rays and against the premature aging of the skin that exposure to it induces. Catechins also help fight against the destruction of hyaluronic acid which allows the skin to stay hydrated. Catechin also has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties which make tea an active ingredient perfectly suited to sensitive skin to relieve redness and inflammation of the skin.

2. Tannins:

Tannins are molecules with astringent and anti-bacterial properties. They help cleanse and purify the skin by deeply cleansing it of toxins and accumulated pollution residues. They also help regulate sebum production and fight against imperfections that could result. They will ultimately help to tighten pores and  to give more radiance to the skin.

3. Ascorbic acid or vitamin C:

Vitamin C helps increase the skin's collagen production, collagen being essential to preserve its firmness and suppleness, and fight against wrinkles. It also plays an important role in reducing brown spots due to scars or old age and restoring radiance to the skin.

4. Caffeine:

Caffeine helps reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags under the eyes thanks to its draining and stimulating actions. It improves blood circulation and oxygenation of cells, its application on the skin will help tone the skin. It also has a keratolytic action allowing the elimination of dead cells present on the surface of the skin.

5. Amino acids:

Amino acids contribute to the production of collagen and elastin to keep skin firm and supple. They also promote good hydration of the skin and cellular repair for skin with skin lesions such as acne scars. Thanks to its acidifying properties.

2. Green tea treatments are suitable for which skin types?

Green tea as an active ingredient in cosmetic care is generally suitable for all skin types and conditions: dull, tired, irritated, mature, dry, combination, oily, shiny, imperfect skin. , etc.

It is particularly suitable for combination to oily skin thanks to its properties to deeply cleanse the skin and regulate sebum production.

It is also suitable for sensitive skin thanks to its soothing and anti-inflammatory actions, and for dry skin because it does not dry out the skin.

Green tea and the skin: a summary of the benefits

Green tea is an excellent cosmetic active ingredient to incorporate into your facial care routine. Its benefits for the skin are numerous thanks to the high concentration of polyphenols and other skin-friendly molecules it contains. Its antioxidant action will help fight overall skin aging, overproduction of sebum for oily skin and inflammation of the skin which can cause pain and redness.