3 Ways Green Tea Is Good For Skin

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.

Skin Cancer
Multiple findings suggest that green tea has anticarcinogenic effects. Studies in mice have found that green tea inhibits the growth of tumors, and this may work in humans, too. We have heard many times that individuals who drink green tea frequently have a lower rate of gastric and other types of cancer, however, this has not been conclusively proven. As far as skin goes, much research suggests that using a topical treatment with green tea extracts before sun exposure disrupts a mechanism that can lead to skin cancer. In fact, sunscreens containing green tea have been shown to help reduce redness that occurs after sun exposure. In my opinion, there is a plethora of evidence to show that green tea has a protective effect on skin.

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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Wishing you great skin!

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