Whether or not you believe in them, we live in a veritable era of superfoods. Because of this, green tea holds a place of honour - from indie cafes, to the local Starbucks (and our pantries). By now, we all know that it contains antioxidants, in spades! However, did you know that the benefits of green tea extend to our skin? That's right, your favourite palate-cleanser could also work as an anti-inflammatory.
But how does it work, and what else can green tea do? At Poko, we believe in the simplicity of natural, accessible ingredients for better skin. Therefore, we've put together a list of the benefits of green tea on your skin. Whether you take it as a supplement, drink it every morning, or simply use teabags as topicals, here's what green tea can do for you!
But first, what makes green tea so special?
Well, much like every other natural skincare ingredient, it all comes down to its compounds. Green tea contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (or ECGC) - which is a mouthful, for sure! In 2018, research indicated that ECGC could inspire a range of soothing, skin-loving properties. For example, these properties include:
- Anti-inflammatories: By adding green tea to your diet, or your wellness routine, you could see a reduction in breakouts.
- Antimicrobials: Green tea's antimicrobial properties mean that it could give you a more even skin tone. It could also stop the growth of acne-causing bacteria.
- Antioxidants: This means that green tea could play a role in protecting your skin from free radical damage.
Because of these properties, it's clear how the benefits of green tea could extend to your skin. However, green tea can do so much more than fight acne. Therefore, even if you don't have acne-prone skin, you might want to make it part of your wellness routine - and this is why!
So, what are the benefits of green tea for my skin?
At Poko, we've put together a list of seven ways green tea could encourage better skin. Whether you take an ECGC supplement, or drink a daily cup of green tea, its benefits could encourage clearer, brighter skin. You could even use green tea as a topical: pop two tea bags onto your eyes for some quick self-care (and skincare). As we mentioned earlier, green tea has clearly established its place as a superfood - and these seven reasons are why!
Is green tea extract your skin's new must-have?
Well, according to a scientific review from 2012, this could very well be the case. In fact, the benefits of green tea could significantly improve your skin's health. But what exactly can green tea do for your skin? The review indicated that green tea could positively affect certain skincare conditions.
For example, the review noted the effects of green tea on conditions like acne, keloids, and rosacea. According to the review, green tea could potentially reduce breakouts, and minimise the redness associated with rosacea. Furthermore, both topical applications and ingested green tea reduced inflammation in keloids. Therefore, green tea could be a strong addition to your skincare arsenal - especially if it benefits your skin in this way!
Green tea could help with acne-prone skin
We've established that green tea is a skincare powerhouse. However, if you have acne-prone skin, you might have one pressing question. What are the benefits of green tea for acne-prone skin? Well, we're here to tell you that green tea could help with acne in several ways. A study from 2016 explored if green tea could help with acne. We know that green tea's anti-inflammatory properties allow it to address swelling, redness, and potential breakouts.
However, according to this study, green tea can also help with excess sebum production. When your skin reduces its sebum production, it's far less likely to clog your pores. This, in turn, reduces the chances of inflammation and breakouts. Therefore, why not try adding green tea to your wellness routine? Whether you drink it, use a green tea essence or toner, or simply take an ECGC supplement, this could help with sebum production. Plus, if you have oily or combination skin, this could be a great way to tackle oil production, without resorting to harsh topical alternatives!
That's not all green tea can do to help with acne. In fact, another study from 2016 explored the connection between green tea extract and acne. In this study, participants took 1500 mg of green tea extract for a month. At the end of the month, researchers observed a significant reduction in acne-related redness and bumps. Therefore, even if you don't enjoy the taste, why not try the benefits of green tea for your skin in supplement form?
Soothe your skin with the benefits of green tea!
Green tea contains a selection of anti-inflammatories, which over time, can work to soothe your skin. Anecdotal evidence indicates that both topical and ingested green tea could potentially help with a selection of skin-irritating conditions. For example, it could play a role in addressing eczema and psoriasis. However, that isn't all - green tea could potentially also help address dandruff. Therefore, if your scalp is dry and flaky during transition seasons, why not try a green tea rinse to help with that?
Puffy eyes after a long night? Green tea could help!
Whether you're working hard or playing, we've all been there. After a long night, our eyes can appear puffy and sore. This isn't a good look - especially if you've run out of our Correcting Eye Cream. While you might not have your favourite eye cream to hand, you might have some green tea in your pantry. We're happy to tell you that this is exactly where those green tea teabags could help.
At Poko, we generally recommend against trying any sort of skincare hack. However, while this one is backed by science, there are certain precautions you should take before trying it. For example, don't use steaming-hot teabags on your delicate eye area. This might sound extremely uncomfortable, but it can also be very dangerous. Instead, after making two cups of green tea, pop the teabags into the fridge for up to 20 minutes. This will help them cool down quickly, to a more skin-friendly temperature, instead of drying them out on the countertop.
Then, gently place the cool tea bags onto your eyes for up to 30 minutes. This combines two of the most effective methods against puffy eyes - caffeine, and a cold compress. Plus, it's more than likely that you have all these ingredients at home, making this the perfect DIY way to de-puff those eyes. You'll also have not one, but two cups of hot green tea to drink while you do this!
What are the benefits of green tea for ageing skin?
Drinking green tea is a great way to boost your skin health. In fact, it could help minimise signs of ageing. When it comes to signs of ageing, green tea takes a multi-pronged approach. Earlier, we mentioned that green tea and its ECGC both contain antioxidants. Therefore, by adding green tea to your wellness routine (or using it as a topical), you could reverse and reduce free radical damage.
In fact, a study from 2013 noted that cosmetics containing green tea extract could help sun damage. The study also indicated that green tea could have moisturising properties. Therefore, by adding green tea to your wellness routine (and by extension, your skincare routine), you could see a positive change in sun damage, signs of ageing, and your natural moisture barrier.
However, that's not all green tea can do to benefit your skin. Did you know that green tea skin benefits also extend to elasticity? In 2005, a study revealed an improvement in skin elasticity, after participants used either a 10% green tea cream, or took a 300 mg oral supplement twice a day. Therefore, if you're looking to combat sagging skin, green tea could be a great way to do this.
Green tea, a new moisturising topical?
That's right, green tea could play the role of moisturiser in a pinch. As a borderless society (thanks, internet!), we've gotten used to ordering our skincare products from all corners of the world. However, running out before your latest delivery arrives can be more than a little frustrating. In this case, why not try green tea, and see how its benefits extend to your skin?
We know that green tea contains vitamins E and B2 in spades - and it can double up as a moisturiser! A study from 2013 tested this idea out, and the results were game-changing. In fact, participants reported an increase in skin moisture, and a reduction in rough textures. Therefore, green tea could work as a handy moisturiser - especially if you're in a pinch!
Get that green tea glow!
Finally, the benefits of green tea for your skin also extend to giving you that summer-glow, no matter the time of year. Vitamin C is a huge part of our skincare routines - especially if you're chasing that dewy complexion. Since green tea contains vitamin C, you could see a gradual change by adding it to your diet. Plus, this is an excellent way to treat your skin inside-out, and stay hydrated at the same time!
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