You may have some in you cupboard or like to order it when you’re out for a change. Green tea is a popular choice in coffee shops and restaurants but did you know it is also an amazing skincare ingredient? Especially for skin during your 20’s. Green tea can help to treat acne prone, sensitive and combination skin and is gentle enough to use on younger skin.
What is about green tea that makes it a great skin care ingredient? We decided to take a closer look.
The Green Tea Skin Routine You Should Be Using in Your 20s
What is green tea?
Green tea is a type of tea that has been made from camellia sinensis leaves. It’s different to black teas as the leaves haven't been through the same oxidation process so are still green.
You may have heard of the benefits of drinking it and may even regularly have a cup of green tea, but the skin health benefits of this natural ingredient are often overlooked.
What are the benefits of green tea?
Green tea is packed full of antioxidant goodness. It has epigallocatechin gallate (ECCG for short) which is a naturally occuring catechin and polyphenol, which means it has super antioxidant powers. This makes it especially good for your skin. It also has hydrating properties and has been linked to reducing melanin secretion, for more even skin tone.
Why are antioxidants important in skincare?
Well, the first thing to say is they are actually important for the health of your whole body, not just your skin! They help to fight free radicals - which can damage your cells and cause premature ageing of your skin.
How do free radicals damage your skin?
Well, free radicals are a Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) that are generated when your body is under oxidative stress. This happens often - when you exercise, when you are exposed to sunlight, stress, pollutants… in fact there are external and internal influences causing free radical generation a lot of the time. This is a problem because free radicals are unstable single atoms missing an electron. They try to stabilise by stealing electrons from healthy cells in your body - but this actually causes further damage to the cells in a chain reaction.
The results of free radical damage are cells that are chemically burnt and can have altered DNA. This can lead to increased risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease and other diseases in the body and also in the skin can lead to premature ageing. This is because free radicals attack the collagen and elastin in your skin - the stuff that keeps it plump and taut. When those cells are damaged over time, lines and wrinkles can appear and deepen and your skin can start to feel saggy.
What do antioxidants do to fight free radical damage?
Antioxidants are super stable and can ‘give’ free radicals an extra electron without becoming damaged. This neutralises the effect of free radicals and stops further damage. Antioxidants can also stop the start of free radical damage.
What else can green tea do for my skin?
Green tea is also great for:
Fighting inflammation - both in the body and on the skin, the catechins in green tea are a power anti-inflammatory and so are great for dealing with redness and sensitivity. Green tea can also help to repair skin with sun damage.
A source of Vitamin E - another amazing antioxidant, Vitamin E is a powerful protector of cells and green tea is packed full of it
A source of Vitamin B2 - this is a great collagen production boosting vitamin - once free radicals have been stopped in their tracks, this vitamin helps to stimulate new cell generation for cell repair
Puffy and tired eyes - we all can be guilty of burning the candle at both ends. Green tea is a natural source of caffeine, which is great for puffy, tired eyes - working to soothe the blood vessels around the eyes.
Green tea sounds amazing… should I drink it or apply it to my skin?
Well the short answer is… both! Drinking green tea has benefits for the body and can help to boost your body’s natural antioxidants. But to get the best direct benefits for your skin, applying green tea topically (to the skin) gives the best results. There are obviously ways to do this - it might surprise you to know that green tea extract is actually in a lot of skincare products! And if it isn’t, you can always add it!
What products is it in and how do the products work?
To give you a head start we have been doing some research at Jersey Beauty and have come up with a whole skincare routine that contains green tea goodness. Whilst every skin is unique, green tea is great for lots of different skin concerns and particularly for combination skin.
It helps to treat oily skin concerns, hyperpigmentation and dark spots, is good for sensitive skin and reducing redness and can help with clogged pores and breakouts. It is also a great eye cream ingredient and is great for rehydrating dry skin.
It is also a great ingredient for younger skin in your 20’s and 30’s, as it isn’t too harsh but builds up goodness and skin health.
A green tea routine for combination skin in your 20s
At Jersey Beauty we love a skincare routine! This is our seven steps to healthy skin with green tea products. You may want to add one or more into your daily skincare routine, depending on your unique skin concerns.
Step 1 - Cleanse
Guinot Hydra Lait Hydra Beaute (Confort) is a rich and creamy cleanser that is gentle but really effective.
Lait Hydra BeauteCleanser For Dry SkinSkincare200ml: £20.48
Salicylic acid - which helps to regulate breakout prone skin - a beta hydroxy acid, Salicylic acid can penetrate deep into the pores and cleanse skin
Hyaluronic acid - a super power when it comes to hydration, this active ingredient can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water which means it can penetrate deep into the skin’s layers with moisture and lock in that goodness
Rooibos extract - not quite green tea but a super-boosted tea extract, this contains 50x the antioxidant power of green tea
This can be used daily or a couple of times a week if your skin is more sensitive.
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Step 3 - SPF
One of the major causes of free radical generation in the skin is exposure to the sun. So it makes sense to wear a daily sun protection! Green tea extract is a powerful antioxidant and when used daily can help to protect the cells against free radicals, as well as fighting any that have been generated. Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50is a really simple way to get daily SPF sun protection, without the weight of a suncream.
This handy booster can either be directly placed on the skin or can be added to your daily moisturiser for an SPF boost.
Solar Defense Booster SPF50customisable spf defenseSkincare50ml: £40.50
Step 4 - Eye care
Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repaircontains green tea extract for a double boost for the eyes. It both works against puffy, tired eyes and also fights against free radical damage. The eye area can be tricky to treat as the skin is different to the rest of your face. Specially formulated skin care for the eye are can give your eyes a much needed treat.
As well as fighting free radicals, green tea is also a powerful skin repairing tool. Science of Skin Solution for Scarsoffers up to 40% reduction of the appearance of scars and blemishes thanks to its powerful green tea ingredient.
Solution for ScarsClinically proven to reduce the appearance of scarringSkincare30ml: £16.99
Step 6 - Moisturise
Finishing with Guinot Creme Pur Equilibregives your skin a lightweight moisturiser without clogging pores. Green tea extract helps skin to soak up moisture and other goodness in this daily moisturising cream.
Can I mix actual green tea into my existing skincare?
As well as using products that have green tea extract in them, there is also a trend for adding green tea to your existing face creams and products. This can be done by:
Using ground matcha tea or brewed green tea to add in small quantities
Directly applying green tea bags to the face
Whilst this can get some of the goodness of green tea, when you use products that have been specially formulated you are more likely to get the right amount of this active ingredient in the right form. You want to make sure that the skin can absorb the antioxidant power of green tea and products that have been developed by leading skincare companies can help this to be more effective.
Green tea can be an amazing active ingredient to add to your skincare routine. The best and easiest way to do this may be to discover those skincare products that already contain this amazing antioxidant superpower!
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