Spring is close to springing and the drab from winter is slowly greening. The color green indicates growth and is used to describe Phil’s Better’s approach to skincare. Going green with skincare means taking a natural approach to what goes on your skin. A natural ingredient is a raw material that comes from a plant, mineral, or animal. It is a substance that occurs naturally in nature and has no added chemicals. A chemical compound that is not made by a natural process is called a synthetic ingredient.
Today we look at going green with Green Tea. Green tea has its roots in China and dates back to 2737 BC. It is made from the Camellia sinensis plant, and it is rich in antioxidants. This popular tea has gained popularity as a drink in a mainstream culture where it is marketed, bottled, and sold in stores nationwide by Lipton. It is a popular drink known for its taste and for its touted health benefits, but it can also bring benefits to the skin as well.
Green tea promotes healthy radiant skin.
Because it is rich in antioxidants green tea not only benefits your internal body but your complexion as well.
Drinking fresh-brewed green tea regularly can help your skin have a healthier glow. This result works because antioxidants work to counteract inflammation and promote blood circulation which in turn delivers vital nutrients to the skin.
Green tea with its antioxidants can also help to counterbalance the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. According to a 2003 study by Trusted Source, the polyphenols in green tea can be used as pharmacological agents for the prevention of solar UVB light-induced skin disorders in animals and humans, including melanoma skin cancer, nonmelanoma skin cancers, and photoaging.
The antioxidants in green tea have been linked to an increase in collagen production which will keep skin looking younger and decrease wrinkles.
According to a review by Trusted Source from 2016, EGCG in green tea possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties and can help to treat acne and oily skin. Participants in the trial exhibited a significant reduction in the red skin bumps caused by acne at the end of the 4-week study after consuming 1500 mg of green tea extract daily.
Not Just Down The Hatch But On The Skin
Consuming green tea isn’t the only way that it can benefit your skin.
The application of green tea essential oil has the same properties as the steeped drink.
A 2005 Trusted Source study of 80 women found that a combined regimen of topical and oral green tea improved skin suppleness.
Green tea essential oil has the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin's deepest layers. It keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized, which is ideal for those who have dry, flaky skin. This is due to the high fatty acid content of green tea seed oil.
It works as an astringent. Its essential oil of green tea contains polyphenols and tannins, which can help restrict blood vessels and lessen the appearance of pores. This is due to its vasoconstriction function, which causes skin tissues to shrink and pores to seem smaller.
In a long-term 2013 study Trusted Source of 24 participants found that topical application of cosmetics containing green tea extract decreased skin damage induced by sun exposure. Researchers proposed that cosmetic formulations including green tea extract increase skin microrelief and had significant hydrating effects.
There is no short supply of the benefits of green tea both internally and externally. Read on as we share a few ways you can mix and create your own green tea mixtures for your skin.
Use equal parts of green tea oil, rose hip oil, wheat germ oil, and aloe vera gel and apply them to the face to help with anti-aging.
For nighttime moisturizing, mix 5-10 drops of green tea oil and jasmine oil. Add ¼ cup of natural organic argan oil or almond seed oil and mix. Apply evenly over the face.
For additional benefits of green tea, try making a green tea face mask. The recipe for the mask will soothe your skin and give it a refreshing glow.
Gather the following ingredients.
1 tbsp. of brewed green tea that has been set for an hour in the bag
1 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. honey
Remove the tea bag, break it open, and separate the green tea leaves.
In a mixing bowl, mix tea leaves, baking soda, and honey until pasty. Dilute with some tea if the paste is too thick.
Apply the paste to freshly cleansed skin and gently massage it into the skin
Let the mask sit for 10 minutes.
While waiting for the mask to sit, wet a washcloth and microwave to get it steamy.
Remove from microwave and shake till it is still steamy but cool enough to sit on the skin. Test the heat on your wrist.
Cover your face with the steamy cloth and leave until it has cooled.
Rinse your face with warm water
For the most beneficial results, use the green tea mask 2 times weekly.
At Phil’s Better, we are passionate about skin and hair care. Our clients not only care about what goes into their bodies but it's equally important to e careful with what goes on their skin. We choose only quality, green and natural ingredients in our products. Whether it is learning more about the benefits of natural ingredients for a youthful complexion or trusting our products to meet your skin care needs, Phil’s Better remains committed to its mission, which means when the products are better, you feel better. Check out our natural skin and hair care products today.