Green tea for skin? Yes! Since it’s really easy to become overwhelmed when searching for a new product, Ingredient Spotlight is here to break down the basics. Here we’ll teach you how an ingredient works and leave you with product recommendations to help you with your search.
Lately I’ve been trying to replace my crazy latté habit with a healthier caffeine alternative: a morning cup of green tea. Green tea has famously been used for centuries to treat everything from belly bloating to headaches. Personally, I find sipping a cup in the morning to be incredibly relaxing, but the benefits go beyond its positive effects on my inner health. K-beauty brands have picked up on the perks of green tea too and are including it in the ingredient lists of their products thanks to its powerful healing abilities. If your curiosity is piqued about this ancient ingredient, read on to learn how it might fit in to your 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. True story: One time, after breaking out in hives, I filled a spritzer bottle with cooled green tea and misted my irritated skin. It felt refreshing, and after about 20 minutes, the redness and irritation subsided.
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 results quickly. 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 will repair any damage from everyday life and leave your skin clean and refreshed without stripping it of its natural goodness. Try the Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick for a deep cleanse that gently exfoliates and breaks down makeup and dirt for purified, nourished skin.
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.
If it’s been a long week and your skin is feeling dull, irritated, puffy or tired, try a green tea-infused face mask like Skinfood’s Everyday Green Tea Facial Mask Sheet. Chill it in the fridge beforehand for even more of a soothing touch.