We are constantly trying what’s best for us. Trying to find the most natural, healthy products we can and what’s best than what earth offers us? One of the most used ingredients that everyone is raving about is green tea. Green tea has so many benefits and they are certainly no secret to anyone. It’s one of the healthiest things you can give to your body and mind. It’s relaxing and has many properties which have been proven to be highly beneficial. While we are too busy drinking it and thinking about the effect it has on our body, green tea has many benefits on the skin as well.
Its health benefits start from preventing, heart diseases, helping in weight loss, and certain types of cancers such as:
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Lung cancer
- Skin cancer
- Stomach cancer
To treating skin diseases such as psoriasis.
Green tea is made out of Camellia sinensis nonoxidized leaves. The nonoxidized leaves contain many antioxidants and other properties.
Let’s break it down to the benefits that green tea has on the skin.
1. Anti-inflammatory Properties
If you already don’t know green tea has polyphenols called catechins which help against inflammation and bacteria. Those catechins can lower red skin, swelling, or any skin irritation. Creams containing green tea in it are very hydrating, soothing for the skin.
2. Skin Cancer
WebMD claims that research has proven green tea can prevent and help skin cancer. Applying green tea on the skin has been shown to be beneficial. Research Zigang Dong claims that drinking green tea won’t have the same effect to prevent skin cancer, only if a person is drinking more than ten cups a day. That would be a sufficient amount of polyphenols to creep through the skin. Green tea has an antioxidant that is called EGCG, that antioxidant protects DNA damage from UV rays and that prevents skin cancer.
3. Acne and Clogged Pores
Everyone has had experiences with acne. Sadly, many still struggle with it even after their adolescent years. Green tea has been proven to be very beneficial with few to no side effects. When applied topically green tea can help against both acne and clogged pores. We have already talked about its properties which are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. The polyphenols in green tea help treat and fight infections, blackheads, clogged pores, and other breakouts.
Removing dead skin cells is a great way to fully have a smooth surface. Many of the times a good exfoliator is the key for a flawless, glowing appearance. Green tea is a great ingredient for that. The antioxidant will help reduce the sebum that causes acne. You can make an exfoliating scrub at your home, with all natural ingredients. Here is how:
- 3 green tea bags
- 1 cup of raw sugar
- half a cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of organic honey
Combine the ingredients together and store them in a jar. You can use the mixture on your face in circular motions, wash it off with water and pat it dry after.
5. Sun Protection
It turns out that drinking tea not only has benefits for our health but skin as well. Drinking tea is proven to help your skin from the sun damage. We all know, lying on the beach soaking up that vitamin D is a perfect day. However, we also all know how damaging that can be. A cup or two a day can reduce the inflammation that is caused by the sun because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking green tea can help, however, placing green tea creams or lotions on the skin can make a huge difference as well.
6. Oily Skin
For people who are currently suffering from oily skin and have tried endless products, your next stop should be green tea.
Do you know that bitter taste green tea has? Well, that is because of the tannins in it. Those properties that green tea contains shrink pores and reduce the sebum production – the natural skin oils. Research shows that 3% of green tea helped with the reduction of the natural oils.
Applying hash on your scalp or on your skin, in general, should and is it not recommended. One of the best treatments you can do for yourself is with green tea. Using it can help nourish and make your hair healthier.
Here is how you can make a natural homemade remedy. This what you will need:
- Green tea
- Peppermint essential oil
- White vinegar
Make a cup of green tea by brewing it, after add 2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil and a teaspoon of white vinegar. Mix it together and let it cool down.
Massage the concoction into your scalp for five minutes and rinse it off with your shampoo. This works because of peppermint and green tea’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties.