10 Benefits Green Tea Can Offer Your Skincare Routine
Is green tea good for your skin?
"Good" might be a bit of an understatement.
The benefits of green tea for skin health are myriad, but in the interest of time, we'll talk about ten ways you can use green tea to supercharge your skincare routine.
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1. Green tea has hydrating benefits that give you a gorgeous glow
Green tea improves the skin's hydration levels, which ameliorates several skin issues. Maintaining a healthy moisture balance makes for a solid foundation for the skin.
Rich in vitamin E, green tea adds a good deal of moisture to the skin. This vitamin is known for its hydrating properties, and helps fuel green tea's ability to give you glowing skin.
JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner takes advantage of green tea's natural ability to bring moisture to the mix, and blends that with other beautifying botanicals.
Rice bran brings the benefits of vitamin B, calming the skin as it reduces redness and other signs of stressed-out skin.
Tamarind smoothes the skin, and - like green tea - helps with hydration. It also adds to the antioxidant action of the white, black, and green tea extracts in this toner's formula.
All of these ingredients, which are widely used in Indonesia, honor the ancient beauty and wellness tradition of Jamu.
Jamu takes a holistic approach to health. It acknowledges what goes on beneath the surface and beyond the individual. We hope our skincare products provide you with a starting point for self-care that also involves introspection and connection to others.
An ingredient like green tea is a great example of how we've brought the gifts of Mother Nature into the beauty experience.
2. Green tea has polyphenols that slow premature aging
If you use green tea topically, you may notice a reduction of those fine lines and wrinkles on your face.
Green tea has what many in the beauty industry describe as anti-aging properties. Of course, aging isn't anything we can or should want to resist (considering the alternative), but it's basically become the all-encompassing term for anything that reflects our skin's exposure to the elements over time.
Sun damage is a major cause of many signs of premature aging.
The sun's harmful ultraviolet UV rays cause the production of free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that steal from healthy cells. This results in oxidative stress that manifests as wrinkles, sun spots, and even skin cancer.
So how does green tea help?
It does so in a couple important ways. Green tea contains vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which temporarily firms and tightens the skin.
Polyphenols, which are plant compounds found in green tea, have potent antioxidant properties that protect our skin.
The Sweet Black Tea & Rice Moisturizer from JUARA feeds the skin a whole host of nutrients and neutralizes some of those free radicals with a little help from green tea's antioxidants. This means fewer fine lines and even a decrease in discoloration and dark spots.
Whether it's your moisturizer of choice for the morning or you layer it on before you lay down to sleep, this nutrient-rich formula is like food for your skin.
In addition to green tea, it contains collagen-promoting five flavor berry, as well as avocado oil and illipe butter, which are filled with essential fatty acids. These smooth the skin and plump up your complexion as the kombucha (fermented sweet black tea) ramps up your natural radiance.
After regular use, you'll see healthier and more youthful-looking skin.
3. Green tea diminishes dark circles under the eyes
Not only does green tea protect your skin from some of the damaging effects of the sun, but it can also brighten your complexion and decrease the look of dark circles.
This skin-brightening effect is in part due to the presence of those amazing antioxidants.
Green tea contains a catechin (an antioxidant) called epigallo-3-catechin gallate (or EGCG), which helps with skin lightening by inhibiting certain enzymes like tyrosinase.
In our skin cells, tyrosinase is responsible for triggering melanin production in the skin. Melanin generally makes the skin look darker. So when EGCG inhibits this process, the skin may remain a little lighter or brighter.
This is all going on behind the scenes (or rather, in the skin), when you apply the Miracle Tea Complete Eye Cream.
Miracle Tea Eye Creme by JUARA is a multi-tasking miracle worker (thus the name). It's a truly targeted treatment that takes into account the particularly vulnerable skin under the eyes, and all the issues associated with the eye area.
It's great for all skin types, but especially those with more mature skin.
If all the goodness in green tea doesn't get you on board with this beauty booster, there's also illipe butter, chamomile, and five flavor berry to smooth and firm the skin.
These and other traditional Indonesian ingredients help ensure that skin is nourished and protected.
This cream will address dark circles as well as the under-eye puffiness that plague so many of us. It can help take you from looking tired to totally revived. Of course, you should make sure you're getting good sleep and caring for your body in other ways as well like with the use of a body polishing scrub.
4. Green tea shrink bags under the eyes
As alluded to above, using green tea for skin around the eye area can help in a number of ways. We discussed dark circles already, but green tea can make a difference with under-eye bags as well.
Green tea has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Because green tea is anti-inflammatory, it helps reduce the temporary swelling that can cause puffy eyes.
The tannins and caffeine in green tea can also address that puffiness by shrinking blood vessels around the eyes.
Miracle Tea Eye Creme by JUARA will bring those green tea benefits to your eye area. You could also use green tea bags as an eye mask for treating puffy eyes.
Here's how to use tea bags for a super simple green tea mask for the eyes:
Brew a few green tea bags in boiling water. Let the bags steep there for 30 minutes.
Take out the tea bags and squeeze out all the extra liquid.
Place them on your eyes and allow those anti-inflammatory properties to work.
5. Green tea evens skin tone all over
The antioxidants in green tea improve skin tone. Because it can potentially affect melanin production and clear skin of troubling toxins, green tea is a great skin-clarifier and brightener.
Of the vitamins in green tea, vitamin C is known for its ability to even out skin tone and give you a vibrant complexion.
Uneven skin tone is a common skin concern for many folks. If that's true for you, you don't have to give up on an even complexion or getting glowing skin.
You may want to check out some of the aforementioned products formulated with green tea, and incorporate them in your skin care routine.
Or if you're big on DIY projects, you can use green tea powder or make your own green tea and mix it with other ingredients that support skin health.
Here's a recipe for a green tea toner:
Brew some green tea using loose green tea leaves or tea bags. Whether you go with tea bags or green tea leaves, steep it for three to five minutes, and then use the cooled tea for your DIY toner.
Take one tablespoon of green tea and combine it with two tablespoons of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey. Stir in a tablespoon of witch hazel, a few drops of vitamin E, a few drops of tea tree oil, and one tablespoon of baking soda.
Continue to stir until all the ingredients are mixed together. You can then move this green tea mixture to a spray bottle or container of your choice.
Wash your face with warm water first, so that you're applying the green tea toner to clean skin. After you're done, store it in the fridge for up to two weeks.
6. Green tea smooths the skin and improves skin’s texture
Using green tea for skin care can improve your complexion and protect your skin. Green tea benefits also included improved skin texture.
Green tea contains vitamin A, which keeps the surface of the skin looking stellar. It can speed along the sloughing off of dead skin. Green tea will help skin look less dull.
Green tea also has vitamin B and vitamin E, both of which are critical for proper functioning of the skin, and especially great for dry skin.
Vitamin B plays a part in collagen production. Collagen fibers lend the skin its strength and elasticity. Vitamin E is an emollient that makes for smoother, more supple skin.
EGCG, the antioxidant mentioned earlier, effectively works to activate the reproduction process in skin cells.
By sloughing off dead skin cells and rejuvenating dying skin cells, skin looks more youthful and refreshed.
When applied topically, a homemade face mask with green tea can give you a gorgeous glow. You can use green tea powder or brew it yourself with tea leaves or a green tea bag. The skin benefits of green tea will improve texture either way.
7. Green tea reduces redness
Green tea is sourced from the buds and leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis.
Those previously discussed polyphenols (which have a high content of catechins) in the green tea plant benefit the skin with their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity.
This is good news for folks with sensitive skin. Green tea may provide some relief for people experiencing rashes and otherwise irritated skin. It can reduce the swelling associated with skin irritation of various varieties.
Because it is also rich in vitamin B3, green tea can reduce redness, whether it be for someone who gets flushed skin easily or suffers from rosacea.
8. Green tea can dial back sun damage
Green tea (or green tea extract or powder) has shown the ability to fight free radicals and provide some protection for the skin against UV rays. However, the benefits of green tea go above and beyond that.
Green tea seems to not only prevent sun damage, but may actually be able to reverse it.
Studies have shown that the topical and oral administration of green tea has the capacity to decrease melanoma cell formation in mice. Researchers suggest that this prevention is in part due to the rapid repair of DNA.
So, if you're wondering how to use green tea for skin care and reap all these health rewards, there are several ways.
You can use a green tea face mask or moisturizer, or try this DIY exfoliating facial scrub recipe:
Use three green tea bags or one tablespoon of dried green tea leaves. If you're starting with green tea bags, take the tea leaves out of the sachets.
Combine tea leaves with one cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of olive oil, and two tablespoons of honey. Mix well and gently massage the mask onto your face. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry.
9. Green tea helps control acne by balancing oily skin
Using green tea for skin care can be especially helpful for those with oily skin.
Sebum is the oily substance that your sebaceous glands produce and it helps moisturize the skin. However, when sebum starts to clog pores and stimulate bacterial growth, you get pimples and other types of acne.
The EGCG found in green tea may help control oil. It lowers lipid levels, which can reduce the amount of sebum produced. This, along with the anti-bacterial action and antioxidants, means green tea and other tea polyphenols can be helpful in treating acne.
This DIY cream could help clarify your complexion:
Combine four ounces of cold green tea, two ounces of pure pomegranate juice, one tablespoon of aloe vera gel, and a half teaspoon of cornstarch in a bowl. Blend all ingredients together and then apply a quarter size amount to your skin every evening. Store the mix in the refrigerator for no more than three days.
10. Drinking green tea gives you overall health benefits
Consuming just about any warm beverage can have a pleasing effect all on its own, but drinking green tea can bring a smile to your face for many reasons.
There are many benefits of green tea. It's important to remember that this holds true whether you use it topically or decide to drink green tea for skin health, heart health, or other potential health benefits.
However, if you're taking blood thinners or other medication, consult your doctor before touching that tea bag. The caffeine may cause complications.
Most folks, though, should feel free to enjoy drinking green tea.
The next time you brew, save that tea bag and use it for an eye mask or other skincare concoction.
That concludes our rundown of green tea skin benefits. We'll leave you with one more recipe that only requires a green tea bag to get started.
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