Get antioxidants working for you to destroy free radicals!
You’ve probably heard all of the news about how free radicals damage your skin and that green tea antioxidants can help. However, it’s essential to use the right products to get results. Green tea antioxidants are part of an antioxidant group called polyphenols which come from plants. And, they have been scientifically proven to provide profound beneficial effects on skin.
You can get these polyphenols from eating and drinking specific foods. And, you can also add them to your skin in high concentrations so this brings me to:
What Do You Need to Know about Green Tea and Skin Care?
Green tea is gently colored and packed with the right polyphenol antioxidants that help with purification and concentration. Plus, is has a scientific evidence behind it outlining the benefits to skin. Specifically:
Fact 1: Polyphenol antioxidants have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory properties.
Recent studies have shown that polyphenol antioxidants have antineoplastic (anti-cancer), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial (including the bacteria P. acnes that plays a role in acne), anti-acne (in ways beyond P. acnes reduction), and sebum reducing properties for skin. They have also been shown to help protect skin from UV radiation damage.
Fact 2: EGCG is an important green tea compound to look for in skin care products.
Of the different green tea antioxidant polyphenol compounds, epigallocatechin -3-gallate (EGCG). Is shown to have the most beneficial health effects on skin. EGCG in particular has been studied in the inflammatory cascade leading to acne and shown benefit (see Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology).
Fact 3: Use Green Tea to Fight UV Damage
These polyphenol antioxidants help:
- Reach into the second living layer of your skin (the dermis) where wrinkles start;
- Reduce the processes leading to carcinogenesis in the skin; and
- Decrease inflammation (think facial redness), acne and excess sebum production and more!
If you are not using green tea to have healthier skin, look for a good quality green tea product made by a trusted company using an experienced chemist to formulate their products. Mother nature has given us a powerhouse! It’s up to you to use it to get the results!
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Stephen Hsu, PhD, Green tea and the skin, JAAD, June 2005Volume 52, Issue 6, Pages 1049–1059
Santosh K. Katiyar, Anaibelith Perez, and Hasan Mukhtar, Green Tea Polyphenol Treatment to Human Skin Prevents Formation of Ultraviolet Light B-induced Pyrimidine Dimers in DNA1, Clinical Cancer Research, Vol. 6, 3864–3869, October 2000
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