Whether you sip it, slather it on topically, or take it in supplement form, green tea is a powerhouse ingredient in skin care. Here are three benefits of green tea you may not have known about.
Acne Last year, a University of Miami study showed that applying a two percent green tea lotion twice a day for six weeks reduced the number of acne lesions in subjects by more than 58 percent. Green tea contains phytochemicals that are proven to reduce inflammation, which is likely the reason behind this anti-inflammatory effect.
Antiaging Green tea is extremely high in antioxidants, which protect the body against damaging free radicals—a major factor in premature aging. Green tea can also prevent lipid damage and reduce inflammation, which further increases its antiaging properties. Be aware, though, that the purported benefits of green tea are largely preventative—drinking it won’t turn back the clock, but it will keep you looking younger for longer.
There’s more than one way to get your green tea fix. Try combining different sources to get maximum benefits, and follow these guidelines:
Make sure topical products look brown; if they don’t, it means they don’t contain enough green tea to be effective. Try Replenix Power of 3 Cream.
Heat water for green tea until just below the boiling point—if the water’s too hot, the tea will taste bitter. Watch out! Tea is a diuretic so too much can lead to frequent bathroom trips. Large amounts can also make you more likely to bruise.
If you don’t like the taste of green tea, try a supplement like Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster. A dropper full is equal to 15 cups!
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