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Ingredient Spotlight: Green Tea

Ingredient Spotlight: Green Tea

Green tea for skin? Yes! Since it’s really easy to become overwhelmed when searching for a new product, we’re here to break down the basics. Here, we’ll teach you how green tea works and leave you with product recommendations to help you with your search.

Green tea has famously been used for centuries to treat everything from belly bloating to headaches. K-beauty brands have picked up on the perks of green tea too and they’ve consistently been including it in their ingredient lists of their products, thanks to green tea’s powerful healing abilities. If your curiosity is piqued about this ancient ingredient, read on to learn how it might fit into your skin care routine.
What’s so great about green tea anyway?
There have been hundreds of studies done over the years on the positive health benefits of green tea, and many of them focus on the effects green tea has in terms of healing the skin and fighting visible signs of aging. Much of this can be owed to the high levels of antioxidants found in green tea. As you might remember, antioxidants are key players in fighting off free radicals—the environmental pollutants that can damage skin cells and rapidly age skin.
Along with those antioxidants, green tea is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and has high levels of amino acids, vitamins and caffeine, all of which have unique benefits on healing, hydrating, depuffing and detoxifying the skin.
What benefits will green tea have on my skin?
The most well-documented benefit of drinking green tea and using it in your skincare is the antioxidants it provides. These antioxidants help the skin protect itself against damage from UV rays, air pollution, and general dirt and oil that can clog pores and dull skin over time.
Along with these protective qualities, green tea is wonderfully anti-inflammatory. For those dealing with redness and irritation, green tea in skin care has a soothing, depuffing effect. It can reduce redness and irritation and calm itchiness.
Green tea’s caffeine content is also a fabulous depuffer! Tired, puffy eyes? Chill some damp green tea bags in the fridge for a bit before placing over your eyes for a relaxing treat that will help you look rested and rejuvenated, even if you’re running on little sleep.
Green tea’s antibacterial properties also help aid in fighting acne, getting to the bacterial source of breakouts and purifying the skin for a clearer complexion. The tannins in green tea also have astringent properties that can reduce excess production of sebum—the cause of oily skin.
What skin types should use green tea in their routine?
Everyone! Whether you’re sensitive, concerned about aging, dealing with acne or struggling with oil, green tea will have a positive benefit for you. Introduce the ingredient into your routine with one or two products and you will notice quick results. Green tea is powerful, but it’s not aggressive—it works wonders in the gentlest way.
What types of products feature green tea as an ingredient?
K-beauty brands seem to be having a love affair with green tea, which means there’s no shortage of ways to introduce this powerful ingredient into your routine.
A great way to detox at the end of the day is with a cleanser that features green tea. Its antioxidant properties can repair any damage from everyday life and leave your skin clean and refreshed without stripping it of its natural goodness. Try the Then I Met You Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel for a deep cleanse that gently exfoliates and breaks down makeup and dirt for purified, nourished skin.
Another K-Beauty cult favorite is the Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser. Suitable for oily, combination, and acne-prone skin types, this cleanser uses fermented green tea extract, which placates irritation, adds hydration, and creates a lasting glow to the complexion.
We’re also partial to COMMLEAF’s Zero Made Green Cleansing Balm. This oil-based cleanser also utilizes green tea seed oil to clear the skin of impurities and to subside the onset of acne.
If you’re concerned about wrinkles and sagging skin, try an exfoliant with green tea’s anti-aging benefits. The Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea‘s pads help fight flakiness, dead skin cells, and fine lines without the irritating side effects of other chemical exfoliants, all thanks to green tea’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
To conclude your skin routine, consider the Klairs Fundamental Water Gel Cream. The lightweight, water-based moisturizer deeply hydrates and strengthens skin with 63.7% Jeju green tea water to calms skin quickly, while antioxidants help to combat free radical damage keeping skin supple and youthful.
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