Green Tea

It is hard to pick from the vast array of benefits that green tea offers. Green tea is a member of the camellia family (camellia sinensis) and prized for its various therapeutic effects. Native to China, it was originally so valued that the penalty for smuggling out these plants was death. It wasn’t until recently that its antioxidant properties were fully appreciated. It is just as good for your insides as it is for your outsides.

Green tea is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent in numerous soaps, cosmetics and home remedies.

Benefits of Green Tea for Skin:

  • Antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. Studies suggest that green tea is rich in antioxidants and cancer-fighting properties. This study, for instance, highlights the natural, therapeutic impact of green tea when applied to the skin, particularly in treating cancers and other disorders related to excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays such as melanoma.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea also contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties which help prevent your skin from developing pain, disease and inflammatory responses. That’s thanks in part to epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which, like green tea’s antioxidants, prevents skin disorders which typically results from excessive sun exposure.
  • Treats acne. Another benefit of green tea relates to its ability to treat acne. It goes to the heart of the problem when it comes to acne treatment by reducing your skin’s production of oily secretions called sebum. By balancing the oils secreted from your skin and attacking bacteria, green tea cleanses and heals, resulting in healthier, smoother skin.
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