How does Green Tea Fare as a Skin Care Ingredient?

The word green tea quickly brings to mind the refreshing aroma of an evergreen drink that has been popular across the world for centuries. While green tea has innumerable health benefits, it can also work wonders for your skin. Let's discuss the benefits of green tea for the skin and how you can enjoy using it in your beauty regimen.

Some Quick Facts:

  • Category: Anti-oxidant (Polyphenols)
  • Benefits: Provides protective and corrective benefits to the skin.
  • Derived from: The leaves and buds of the tea plant named Camellia Sinensis.
  • Skincare applications: Moisturizers, serums, face masks, cleansers
  • What to look out for in the label: Check for the Latin name Camellia Sinensis on the product label.

An Interesting Primer on the History of Green Tea:

Green tea has its origin in the Eastern region. During the 7th century, Japanese monks who visited China to learn about Zen Buddhism returned home with a new discovery, namely green tea and its remarkable healing properties. Gradually green tea became the staple drink for Buddhist monks as it helped them meditate better by providing improved energy and mental focus.

Presently, the Japanese variety (also called matcha) is quite popular across the globe for its high levels of antioxidants. Green tea can be enjoyed both as a refreshing drink and in the form of topical application on the skin.

Let’s get down to seeing its excellent benefits for the skin.

Amazing Benefits of Green Tea when Applied on the Skin:

Green tea is a superfood with amazing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It also fights acne, enhances collagen, and protects the skin from sun damage. There are umpteen reasons why you should make it a part of your skincare routine. Let’s check them out:

#1. Enhances Skin Barrier Functions:

Green tea is rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are rich in antioxidants and offer potential health benefits like preventing degenerative diseases, sun protection, improved digestion, cardiovascular diseases, etc. On account of a high concentration of polyphenols, green tea’s topical application helps neutralize free radicals and addresses skin health issues like erythema, sunburn, etc. It helps hydrate the skin and prevents transepidermal water loss.

Epigallocatechin-3- gallate (EGCG) is another active ingredient in green tea that offers numerous health and beauty benefits.

#2. Has Anti-Inflammatory Effect:

The polyphenols present in green tea offer anti-inflammatory benefits as well. The polyphenols known as catechins help to minimize irritation and swelling.

#3. Helps Fight Acne:

Acne vulgaris is a common and irritable skin condition that results predominantly from the activity of hormones. Green Tea helps fight acne-causing P.acnes bacteria as Epigallocatechin Gallate (ECGC) is an antibacterial agent. Furthermore, green tea, on account of its astringent properties, helps decrease excess sebum production and minimizes inflammation. This property helps significantly in fighting conditions like rosacea or psoriasis.

#4. Minimize Puffiness:

The caffeine content in green tea along with the tannins helps to shrink the blood vessels surrounding the eyes. This property makes it a popular ingredient to reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Hence, one can find green tea listed as the main ingredient in many eye care products.

#5. Anti-aging and Anti-Wrinkle Properties

Green tea, through its polyphenols, provides anti-aging benefits. It helps minimize signs of aging and can reduce signs of sun damage like hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and rough skin texture.

#6. Skin Lightening:

Green tea contributes significantly to skin lightening on account of the presence of antioxidants. It helps in eliminating toxins from the body, and the skin, in turn, becomes lighter and fresh.

#7. Minimizes the risk of Melanoma:

The polyphenols present in green tea act provide natural protection to the skin from the dangerous UV rays, in addition to fighting DNA damage.

#8. Maintains Overall Skin Health:

Vitamin-E and Vitamin B2 present in green tea help in maintaining optimum skin health. Vitamin E promotes new skin cell growth while also acting as an intense hydrator making the skin soft and supple. Vitamin B2 plays a vital role in maintaining collagen levels and helps keep the skin firm and youthful.

Recipes for Skin Health:

There are various recipes for skin health using green tea. While we have compiled a small list here, one can always refer to books or online resources for more information.

Skin Whitening: Combine green tea leaves with rose water and raw milk.

Dry Skin: Combine green tea and honey in the form of a mixture and apply. Green tea can also be used by mixing it with avocado.

Exfoliation: Combine green tea with granulated sugar, coconut oil, and matcha powder and use it as a body scrub.

Skin lightening and general refreshment: Green tea and Epsom bath soak

Reduce skin inflammation: Combine green tea with whipped coconut oil and apply the lotion after a bath.

A review in 2012 stated that green tea extract has been quite useful for various skin conditions when applied topically and taken as a supplement. Some of the skin conditions mentioned in the study are atopic dermatitis, genital warts, candidiasis, keloids, rosacea, etc.


We hope this article has helped in giving you new insights about using green tea as a refreshing drink and as a skincare ingredient.

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