Green Tea: A Beauty Secret, Apply or Drink?

February 03, 2017 9 min read 0 Comments

Green Tea: A Beauty Secret, Apply or Drink?

What makes green tea so popular nowadays? And what are the benefits of green tea on skin? For one, green tea is arguably one of the most popular healthy beverages as it has antioxidants and phytonutrients. It also contains enzymes, amino acids, magnesium, Vitamin B, caffeine and other benefits which are related to your acne, wrinkles, skin tone and other skin concerns you could think of.

 

This tea drink has been around for hundreds of years and for treating various problems from skin conditions to your digestive problems. Drinking green tea has been considered or known to be an effective holistic cure to all your health concerns, primarily the skin.

 

The green tea is made from the leaves of evergreen shrub called Camellia sinensis (or known as the tree shrub) and its production and manufacture has spread to various parts of the world, though green tea originated from China.

 

Green tea is also said to fight a number of ailments and it is considered more beneficial than the traditional black and oolong teas. One of the roles or benefits of green tea on skin is to enhance its quality and health. They say that green tea is said to be healthy for the skin in many ways.

 

Green tea is known to be a potent ingredient when it comes to skin care compared to that of a black tea. Black tea is fermented whereas green tea is more of dried and steamed. Green tea has long been used in traditional medicine throughout Asia for its ability to control bleeding, heal wounds, improve our heart health and aids digestion. 

 

Green tea can either be used as beauty masks or even drank (at least 3 to 4 cups daily) to enjoy its benefits. Green tea has been found as an active ingredient in many products from the market. There are cost effective homemade face masks containing green tea as one of its ingredients that you can try.

 

SEVERAL BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA ON SKIN

 

1. TREATS OR HELPS FIGHT ACNE

 

Known for its antibacterial agents, green tea is beneficial on skin as it fights off any acne causing bacteria and these agents regulate any hormonal imbalances in your body (which we know is one of the most important factors that cause acne) as well as reduce oil production which leads to less clogging of pores and less pimples.

 

2. REDUCES RISK OF MELANOMA

 

According to a study conducted in 2003, green tea has been concluded to be used as a pharmacological agent for preventing any skin disorder caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays.

 

3. HELPS CONTROL OILY SKIN

 

Green tea contains EGCG (or known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate) which was found to exhibit a wide range of therapeutic properties such as: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-atherosclerosis, anti-myocardial infarction and anti-diabetes. It is also known to be anti-androgenic in nature, meaning that it effectively regulates production of androgens in your body and reduces production of oil or sebum on your skin.

Green tea also shows improvement in treating your acne and oily skin.

 

4. SLOWS DOWN SKIN AGING

 

Another benefit of green tea on skin is that it slows down signs of skin aging. Topical application of green tea extracts along with consuming it has been evident in helping to improve elasticity of your skin, which then slows down skin aging. Little do we know, green tea also has a moisturizing effect on our skin and reverses any sun damage.

 

5. FIGHTS OFF SKIN CANCER

 

Did you know that you can fight off skin cancer by just drinking green tea or applying it on your face? Yes, you heard it right! Green tea is also good for prevention of skin cancer as it promotes DNA repair and fights off any damage that may be caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays.

 

There’s a debate over the fact that  green tea treats cancer. There are some pieces of evidence showing that green tea may possibly reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancers but not really completely treating them. Cancer patients drink green tea, believing that it can do wonders for them such as boosting their immune system (which they think may possibly help them fight their cancer), improving their health energy levels and well-being, getting rid of harmful toxins in their body, giving them control over their cancer and treatments and lastly, treating their cancer when no other conventional treatments can.

 

 

6. MAINTAINS COLLAGEN LEVELS

 

Green tea contains both Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E (which are both essential for skin health maintenance). The Vitamin B2 is responsible for maintaining the collagen levels for a youthful skin structure and firmness, whereas the Vitamin E is responsible for supporting new skin cell growth and acts as an intense hydrator for a soft and nourished skin. This is another  benefit of green tea on skin.

 

7. REDUCES DANDRUFF

 

Though this may not be really a type of skin issue, dandruff has been considered or known to be a major hair problem or disaster for everyone. The reason why green tea is the answer for this scalp or hair problem is that it helps you get fuller thicker hair. There’s this study that was published in Phytomedicine which states that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) also works to accelerate one’s hair growth and stimulate skin cells in the hair follicles, hence triggering hair growth. These tea polyphenols are responsible in speeding up cell turnover which helps to promote new hair growth/regrowth of the damaged hair follicles.

 

8. GENTLY EXFOLIATES

 

The leaves from the green tea are being used to gently exfoliate your skin, which gives another benefit of green tea on skin. Green tea exfoliates your skin and removes any dead skin cells which cause your skin to look so dull and lifeless. This exfoliating process done by drinking green tea or applying it triggers production of new skin cells for a youthful glow. 

 

9. REDUCES PUFFINESS AND REDNESS

 

Caffeine found in green tea and tea tannins make a great team in shrinking your blood vessels and reduce the look of puffy eyes and dark circles (which make you look like you’ve bawled your eyes out from crying). Caffeine in green tea also has its benefits on skin in a sense that it brightens your complexion and results in a glowing and rejuvenated appearance.

 

 

10. MANAGES BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

 

Another benefit of green tea on skin is that it manages your blood sugar levels. How? Drinking green tea or applying it helps keep your insulin and blood sugar level at bay, giving you a clear, glowing skin. Also, having a low GI diet aside from having green tea prevents any acne breakouts from occurring.

 

A study conducted in Japan suggests that a person drinks at least 6 cups of green tea a day to prevent or reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Here’s what they found: women who drink 1 to 6 cups of green tea per week reduced the risk of diabetes by 21% 1 to 2 cups per day reduced risk by 34% , 3 to 5 cups of green tea per day by 39% and 6 or more cups reduce risk  by 51%.

 

11. BALANCES YOUR HORMONES

 

Aside from all the benefits that were mentioned above, green tea helps in boosting your metabolism, as studies suggest. This wonder drink contains theanine as well, which is a compound responsible for reducing the release of cortisol or stress hormones.

 

Aside from being beneficial to the skin, green tea also helps manage other health concerns such as:

 

12. MANAGES WEIGHT

 

If you’re wondering whether green tea is helpful in losing weight aside from managing your hormones and fighting off acne, yes it is. Green tea is helpful in losing weight as it manages your metabolism (a process wherein the body converts food and drink into a usable energy).

 

We mentioned before that green tea contains caffeine. It also has a flavonoid called catechin –which is also an antioxidant. This antioxidant is responsible for breaking down the excess fat, while both the catechin and caffeine increases the amount of energy being used by a human body. 

 

13. HELPS YOU RELAX

 

Another possible benefit of green tea on skin is that helps you relax by giving you a calming effect on your mind. Theanine, which is an amino acid, is the one that is responsible for helping you relax and keep your stress and anxiety at bay, hence preventing acne breakouts.

 

14. MANAGES CHOLESTEROL

 

Green tea is also great for managing your cholesterol level as it contains catechin (an antioxidant) which is responsible for lowering it.

 

15. HELPS WITH TOOTH DECAY

 

A new research study that was conducted or published in Preventive Medicine shows that drinking green tea helps in improving or strengthening your teeth and gums and that those people who drink green tea are found to have great oral health compared to those who do not. Drinking green tea or oolong tea shows improvement in one’s oral health.

 

16. TREATS PSORIASIS

 

No one wants to deal with dry, flaky skin throughout his or her life. Green tea has the potential in fighting off skin disorders such as psoriasis. There’s a study conducted in the year 2007 that proves that green tea extract possesses power to remove signs of inflammatory diseases in animals as well as in human beings. This is another benefit of green tea on skin.

 

17. LOWERS RISK OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

 

Green tea both improves your brain function and protects it during old age. As we know, Alzheimer’s is a common neurodegenerative disease that people go through, leading to dementia. The bioactive compounds present in the green tea have various protective effects on the brain.

 

USES OF GREEN TEA

 

1. TONER

 

To make green tea toner, heat water over high heat until bubbles rise from the bottom. Remove water from heat to use for tea. Place green tea in an 8 to 12 fl oz. (240 to 350 mL) mug after heating to brew your green tea after heating. Put the tea bag on the bottom of the mug and drape string over side. Pour hot water over tea bag – protect your hand with a towel as you pour water slowly over the mug. Put in on a cool stove burner or towel then swish your tea bag around in the cup to distribute the green tea. Steep for about 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool for about 30 minutes. Add 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil (for oily skin or acne). Pour cooled green tea into a clean, reusable bottle. Apply it on your face or skin using your fingers after cleansing.

 

2. STEAM FACIAL

 

To make a steam facial out of green tea, simply boil 3 to 4 cups of water (Pour hot water in large bowl with lid or a facial steamer). Steep 2 to 3 bags of green tea or spoonfuls of dried loose green tea leaves for few minutes. Prepare your skin and cleanse it with a mild cleanser. Rinse off with cool fresh water and pat dry.

 

3. GREEN TEA MASK

 

Brew a cup of green tea and allow it to soak for about an hour. Let it cool then break open and separate the green tea leaves. Place leaves in a mixing bowl then add baking soda and honey to create paste. Add a few drops of water if mixture gets too thick. Cleanse face before applying the green tea facial mask. Apply evenly on your face then gently massage to remove any dead skin cells and dirt.  

 

4. FACIAL CLEANSER

 

To make a facial cleanser out of this healthy drink, pour ½ cup of distilled water into a tea kettle. Place it on the stovetop then bring water to a boil. Remove the kettle from the stove then pour into a small bowl. Add two bags of green tea to hot water. Allow to steep as water cools then remove from water as it is cool to touch (usually about 15 minutes). Add about 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar to cooled green tea in the bowl. Stir to combine sugar and green tea. Saturate cloth with green tea solution then gently massage skin with washcloth. Rinse skin with cool water after cleansing, removing all traces of green tea and sugar. Repeat this process once a week.

 

 

The reason why green tea is beneficial on your skin is that it tackles several different angles beginning from balancing your hormones to reduce inflammation and it serves as a super acne fighter. So, how do you take your green tea to help fight acne? Do you drink it or do you apply it on your face as a topical treatment?

 

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