Green & White Tea for your Skin
Camellia sinensis is the botanical name for a plant that humans have grown, cultivated and processed for millennia. It has become a focal point of relaxation, small meals and various rituals worldwide. With more and more people seeking natural solutions for their skincare concerns, green and white teas have garnered lots of attention recently due to their natural valuable compounds. There is plenty of buzz concerning the benefits of drinking tea for your entire body, but what about your body's largest organ?
Skin & Green Tea
Green tea comes from mature tea leaves that go through processing that maximizes antioxidant and polyphenol content. Green tea contains moderate caffeine content, that if tolerated isn't necessarily a negative attribute. Green tea's detoxification qualities combined with caffeine, antioxidants and polyphenols create a synergistic effect that can result in firmer, tighter skin. Green tea is high in the polyphenol known as EGCG. Although the original attention to EGCG was in the scope of weight loss and maintenance, in skin care it plays an entirely different role. EGCG rejuvenates skin cells that are close to the end of their life cycle, not only adding longevity to the skin cells that you have but creating more youthful skin as it develops. The US National Library of Medicine and National institutes of Health conducted a study to show that Green Tea and Lotus hold multiple antioxidant properties when applied to the skin. The results were that Green Tea when applied to skin control sebum, oil production, to healthy levels as recommended.
Skin & White Tea
Since white and green teas come from the same plant, it's only natural that they share some benefits. However, the differences create a unique set of boons to skin. White tea is produced from the youngest tea leaves and minimally processed. Since white tea has less caffeine than green tea, it is better at helping your body stay hydrated. White tea also encourages longer moisture retention for your skin. Combine that with potent anti-aging compounds and it's an option to consider for keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. In addition, white tea encourages cells to release toxins and flush them out of your system promptly. This can result in a brighter and more even complexion. White tea, like green tea also contains catechins which have anti-inflammatory properties.
Extracted & Topically Applied Tea
Drinking tea can provide much in the way of maintaining and improving your overall health and appearance. By taking tea internally, you're allowing its compounds easy access to your bloodstream and as a result, capillaries which are close to the skin's surface. With numerous topical products containing tea extracts entering the market, there are ways to enjoy more and even different aspects of the powerhouse that is tea. Research has suggested tea extracts applied topically to offer help with acne, scarring and even UV protection. Be sure to add tea to your beauty regimen to help you maintain a healthy glow through all stages of your life.
So, have fun incorporating tea into your skin care routine!