Green tea or “Camellia Sinensis” has been used medicinally in Asia for centuries, but over the last few decades, it has spread in use over the rest of the world. Because of its history, an increasing number of scientific studies have examined the overall health benefits of green tea for skin care, as well as its use as a valuable ingredient in antioxidant skin care products. If you are curious about those benefits, let Ayr Skin Care help you learn more!
A Cup a Day
Why Green Tea? Like other teas, green tea does contain caffeine, which acts as a stimulant. However, green tea is made from leaves that have not been fermented and overly processed, which allows their antioxidant levels to be higher than other types of teas. Drinking a cup of green tea every day has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation in the joints, particularly in cases of arthritis inflammation. Several studies show that it may reduce the instances of cancer in the body too, which is encouraging. Many more studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea have the potential to help lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Good reasons enough to try including a cup of tea into your daily routine.
Green Tea Use in Antioxidant Skin Care Products
In addition to drinking green tea, you may receive the benefits of the ECGC, or “catechins” applied topically to your skin. Green tea has more catechins than black tea (25% for green tea, as opposed to only 4% for black tea). These antioxidants also have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin, and ECGC works to affect the biochemical pathways that assist with the repair and renewal of cell structures. They have been shown to help work against photo-aging from UV rays. If you are beginning to see fine lines and wrinkles, it is important to use products that include green tea for skin care. Their effect upon sun-damaged skin has been the subject of many studies, specifically the use of Green Tea Polyphenols (GTP). GTP is one of the more powerful ingredients found in antioxidant skin care products. It has been shown to help reduce redness and irritation of sensitive skin with its effect against free radical damage. Polyphenols keep cells healthy and safe, so using green tea for skin care is of great interest to anyone in the skin care industry who is formulating for mature or aging skin.
Where Do We Find These Benefits In Skincare?
The oil that is produced from green tea is used by many skincare companies concerned with natural and organic skin care health. By using the raw, organic and unadulterated oil in our Tranquility Hand Cream, for example, we can take advantage of the properties of the essential fatty acid “linoleic acid” as well as other fatty acids, polyphenols, and vitamin E.
Green tea oil penetrates quickly, leaving a smooth, non-greasy finish, is highly moisturizing, and helps restore the balance of moisture to dry skin. It can improve the appearance of wrinkles by softening them, protect skin from the elements, and help minimize the appearance of scars. Used in oil form for dry, damaged, or mature skin, the benefits of green tea for skin care are unparalleled.
Another product that comes from green tea is Green Tea Extract. Green tea extract in antioxidant skin care products offers the same protection, moisturizing and rejuvenating qualities as the oil, only it is more condensed. We utilize green tea extract in our Awaken Revitalizing Eye Serum not only for its caffeine to “awaken” the eye area and help constrict the blood vessels and minimize the appearance of puffiness around the eyes but also for its antioxidant qualities.
Ayr Skin Care’s new Restore Night Cream, combines green tea with vitamin C. Studies have shown that using green tea and vitamin C for skin care works better together than they do apart. Both are powerful antioxidants, and they help the skin maximize its ability to repair itself. Night time is the perfect time for the restoration of damaged skin cells. Using green tea for skin care helps with this important function.
We hope that this helps you understand more about this wonderful antioxidant that is more than your average cup of tea!
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