In the 7th century, Japanese monks visiting China returned home with their new discovery of green tea’s wonderful healing properties. In the following centuries, drinking green tea became a staple for Japanese monks, providing them with energy and mental focus that enhanced their meditation. Today, Japanese green tea (also known as matcha) has developed a shining reputation for its high levels of antioxidants. Green tea health benefits can be enjoyed both from drinking it and applying it on skin. Here are a few reasons to use green tea:
- Drinking and or applying green tea-derived products to the skin fights skin cancer by promoting DNA repair. Rich in antioxidants, green tea fights DNA damage from UV rays as well as combats visible signs of photo damage, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and melasma.
- Green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its high level of polyphenols called catechins. Catechins reduce irritation, redness, and swelling.
- Battle acne with green tea. Green tea is a powerful antibacterial agent for treating acne and unclogging pores. Polyphenols in green tea damage the bacterial membranes and fight against infection.
- Green tea is full of other nutrients like vitamins B2 and E, which are both essential for skin health maintenance. B2 maintains collagen levels for youthful skin structure as well as firmness and elasticity. Vitamin E supports new skin cell growth and keeps the skin hydrated.
- Natural caffeine and tannins in green tea shrink blood vessels around the eyes, treating puffiness and dark circles.