Chances are you’ve already heard Green tea has a reputation for offering amazing health benefits, confirmed through various studies and trials. Among the benefits are decreased cancer risks, improved brain function, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, and decreased appetite beneficial for weight loss.
That’s because Green tea contains a high amount of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals like polyphenols. It also has B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and caffeine. And because Green tea is the least processed of all the teas, its healing properties are well preserved.
But can Green tea offer the same degree of health benefits if applied topically, like for skin care regimens?
Experts say absolutely.
Topical application of Green tea extract should be potentially effective for a number of skin-related ailments, including atopic dermatitis, acne, rosacea, androgenetic alopecia, hirsutism, keloids, genital warts, cutaneous leishmaniasis (a parasitic disease), and candidiasis, according to a Green Tea and Dermatology abstract published by the National Institutes for Health.
Skincare expert Dr. Michael S. Spicer, a Florida Dermatologist and creator of Epice Skincare, says the benefits of Green tea are so extensive he has included Green tea extract in five products of the skincare line he formulated, including his facial cleanser, recovery serum and rejuvenating night cream.
“Green tea extract is one of the ingredients I truly believe is highly beneficial for achieving and maintaining healthy skin,” says Dr. Spicer.
Green tea has a large number of catechin polyphenols. Catechin polyphenols are antioxidants that function as anticancer and anti-inflammatory agents. Clinical studies show that one of the major catechins in green tea has been shown to be the most effective agent in preventing pre-cancerous skin changes and skin inflammation.
Green tea is among the most powerful of all antioxidants and that makes it among the most frequently studied herbal agents used in medicine, according to a July 2016 Dermatology News update.
Oxidant radicals, also called free radicals, are byproducts of the body that can cause damage to the body’s tissues and cells. Antioxidants counter the effects of free radicals by binding to them before they can cause harm.
Green tea’s powerful skin benefits:
Shrinks pores. Large pores are susceptible to bacteria and thus acne. The astringent and antioxidant properties in Green tea will shrink pores and thus prevent bacterial infection and acne in many instances.
Soothes and heals. Green tea contains theobromine, tannic acid and polyphenols that neutralize exposure to UV rays and reduce skin inflammation.
Prevents skin melanomas. Green tea can inhibit the inflammation that can lead skin cancers.
Improves complexion and reduces puffy eyes and dark circles. Antioxidants and tannins shrink blood vessels at the delicate skin near the eyes.
Fights sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The polyphenols in Green tea neutralize free radicals and minimize the signs of aging.
Fights and treats acne. The Catechins in Green tea are antibacterial agents. They also regulate hormones. Bacteria and hormonal imbalances can cause acne.
So give our Hydrating Facial Cleanser, Epicell Recovery Serum and Rejuvenating Night Cream a try and discover the difference in the look of your skin.