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Green tea for skin 101: What you should know

Mmmm, green tea–a tasty treat that you know is good for you, but do you know why? And do you know that you don’t have to drink it to soak up all the benefits it has? 

Green tea has become a superhero ingredient and for a good reason. Mother Nature really did right by us when she blessed us with this plant. Whether you’re sipping a glass of tea or using it in your favorite skincare product (and maybe not even realizing it’s there), it’s helping you live a healthier, happier, and more beautiful life. 

The benefits of green tea

Green tea (camellia sinensis) leaf extract contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a catechin and a polyphenol. Polyphenols are widely known for their antioxidant properties and the ability to prevent the breakdown of collagen. Why is this important?

Collagen is what gives your skin that youthful, plump appearance. When collagen breaks down or it’s lost your skin begins to lose its elasticity, there is a reduction in epidermal thickness, and you’re suddenly more vulnerable to damage from the sun and free radicals. Unfortunately, you also begin to physically see the breakdown as you notice more wrinkles and skin sagging. The loss of collagen in your skin is a significant factor in an aging visual appearance.

Interestingly, studies have shown that EGCG has a broad, beneficial effect on the skin, including more skin hydration, moisture retention, less wrinkle formation, radical scavenging activity, and the reduction of melanin generation. In all, that leads to healthier and better-looking skin. That makes EGCG an extremely potent ingredient in any skincare regimen, and it’s easily accessible in green tea.

Drinking green tea is good for you

Pour yourself a cup of hot green tea or enjoy a chilled glass of this natural elixir, and learn why it’s so good for you.

♦ Remember those catechins, they may help protect you from cancer.

Green tea could help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes

♦ Heart disease could also be less of a risk with a regular green tea habit.

Weight loss! With caffeine, antioxidants, and EGCG, it’s believed that green tea can aid in fat burning, improve exercises, and boost your metabolism.

Those are some pretty big benefits with positive implications for your health, but there are some other benefits from green tea, and these don’t require you to drink anything.

“Wearing” green tea might be even better

Applying a product that contains green tea to your face gives you additional benefits that will have you looking and feeling better in no time. 

♦ Caffeine and tannins shrink blood vessels for a less puffy appearance.

♦ Antioxidants fight off free radicals, which can cause skin cancer and other damage

♦ Green tea has protective and corrective abilities

♦ EGCG promotes DNA repair after exposure to sun and pollution

♦ Minimizes signs of aging like sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and fine lines

♦ Reduces excess sebum with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties

♦ Soothing quality that helps inflammation from eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff

You’ll find green tea in Simple Beauty’s Fine Line Eye Serum and Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer. The green tea extract is specifically formulated in combination with aloe, chamomile, and retinol to create an effective skin barrier for protection against free radicals, to smooth fine lines, and to help prevent collagen breakdown.

Why natural products are best

One of the biggest reasons you want to transform your skincare routine over to a more natural approach is that natural products are incredibly effective while also being very gentle. They don’t contain unnecessary fillers or irritants that can have long-term harmful effects on your skin and your health.

Is green tea all there is?

Of course not. Green tea is a great starting point because it’s powerful, well-known, and easy to find in your local grocery store and in your favorite products. But there are other plants and teas that you can turn your attention to for even more skincare benefits.

One, in particular, chamomile extract, is a favorite at Simple Beauty because it’s so powerful and soothing at the same time! This is why you’ll find chamomile extract in our Simple Beauty Trio. It appears in each product in the collection; the Daily Purifying Cleanser, Age-Defying Retinol Moisturizer, and Fine Line Eye Serum.

Another ingredient we love is aloe vera, which is also a lovely all-natural ingredient that encourages significant, visible results. We’ve made it easy for you to include this ingredient in your skincare regimen, as you can find aloe vera in all of our Simple Beauty Trio products.

To put it simply

Green tea is so much more than a tasty beverage. It’s packed with healthy compounds that are great for your body when you drink them and incredible for your skin when you use products that contain green tea. It’s one of those delightful natural ingredients that support a healthier version of you.

You can find green tea in many different products for your skin, including Simple Beauty’s Eye Serum and Moisturizer. Use these products regularly to promote skin health and beauty while adding a layer of protection to your face.

If you’re looking for more ways to boost your skin health beyond green tea, Mother Nature comes through once again with chamomile tea and aloe vera – two of our favorite ingredients.

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