Green Tea: Nature’s Best Kept Secret

Green Tea: Nature’s Best Kept Secret for Your Skin

Over the past decade, green tea has been renowned for providing amazing health benefits.  It has increasingly become one of the most researched botanicals in medicine, and with good reason.  Studies have reported that consuming green tea contributes to increased brain function, faster metabolism, weight loss, as well as decreased risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and certain cancers.  What makes green tea so effective is that it contains antioxidants called Catechins, which counteract free radicals.  Free radicals are byproducts of the body that can cause damage to cells and tissues that can lead to inflammation.  The antioxidants in green tea can neutralize these free radicals before they exert harm and, when consumed as a beverage, our body reaps the benefits of this superfood.

But what benefits does it have for our skin? Well, as it turns out, green tea is just as great for your skin as it is for your body!


UV protection:

The antioxidants in green tea can help protect your skin from environmental stressors like pollution, UV rays, and cigarette smoke, all of which cause premature aging.  Living in a climate that is sunny year round means you will have much more sun exposure on a day to day basis.  Driving in your car, going in and out of work, running errands, and attending outdoor events all result in quite a bit of sun exposure.  The damage from UV rays is cumulative over time, particularly if you are not wearing a daily sunscreen.  Some studies have suggested that green tea can increase the efficacy of sunscreen by protecting your skin from UV radiation.  Regularly protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays can lower your risk for skin cancer and green tea can give your daily SPF that extra boost!  We suggest applying sunscreen daily to the face, ears, neck, and upper chest as these areas are the most sun-exposed on a daily basis.

 

Anti-inflammatory:

Topical use of green tea lotions and serums has been shown to reduce skin irritation.  This is particularly noteworthy for people who suffer from skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis.  All of these conditions are caused by different inflammatory processes in the skin.  For those who are acne-prone, green tea can reduce the bacteria and oiliness that are major contributors to acne flares.  For individuals with rosacea, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis, they will benefit from the potent anti-inflammatory and soothing effects of green tea formulations.

  

Anti-aging:

Green tea is also a powerful anti-aging tool.  As we age, we lose the collagen in our skin that gives us that smooth, healthy appearance and texture.  Collagen loss contributes to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Green tea extract can inhibit collagenase which is an enzyme that breaks down collagen.  Therefore, more green tea and less collagenase = skin that remains smooth, firm, and elastic…..basically fewer wrinkles!!

 

At Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics, we recognize the value and benefits of green tea and have included it in several of the products in our high quality skin care line.  We have a diverse set of products including cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and sunscreens, all with specific purposes to address all skin types. Whether you have sensitive skin, aging skin, or acne-prone skin, come and see us for your personalized regimen and let us help you meet your skin care goals!

 

 

Author
Angela Jones PA-C

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