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What’s the ‘T’ on Green Tea?

Ever noticed how many skincare products have green tea in them? You may have also read it in the ingredients list as Camellia sinensis extract. Green tea is a tradition steeped in thousands of years of history and now has supportive scientific evidence, showing how green tea’s properties work at the cellular level in the skin.

We’ve heard that green tea has a high amount of antioxidants, but what do these do? Green tea is particularly rich in polyphenols, the strongest of which is epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, which are a type of antioxidant that has several properties:

EGCG helps the skin protect itself from UV damage, and thus, aging from sun damage.

EGCG not only delivers moisture and hydration, but helps the skin’s ability to retain more moisture and hydration.

EGCG has both antibacterial and sebum-regulating properties, which can be great for acneic skin, and even eczema or psoriasis.

Lastly, the caffeine in green tea helps reduce puffiness, or minor swelling, in the skin by slightly constricting the blood vessels. EGCG then aids the caffeine to decrease puffiness with its anti-inflammatory properties.

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Koch, W., Zagórska, J.,  Marzec,Z., & Kukula-Koch, W. (2019). Applications of Tea (Camellia sinensis) and Its Active Constituents in Cosmetics. Molecules, 24(23), 4277.

Saric, S., Notay, M., & Sivamani, R. K. (2017). Green Tea and Other Tea Polyphenols: Effects on Sebum Production and Acne Vulgaris. Antioxidants (Basel), 6(1), 2.