green tea skin care benefits
Sipping a cup of hot tea drink calms us regardless of a stressful day but are you aware that a cup of tea could be a homemade recipe for skin care beauty?
Teas, including black, red and green are known to aid in enhancing the entire/general health and outlook of skin and hair over the years because of its richness in antioxidants, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory properties.
You are already aware that green tea is good for your health but did you know that it’s beneficial to your skin too? With a pop, the pimple goes away; thought for troubled skin folks. If you happen to find yourself jerking at this thought, then you’re surely one of us.
We have become so attached to our faces and its appearance whether tired or fresh, old or youthful.  Stress and fatigue can cause many restless nights and worrisome days to us, leading to premature aging earlier than expected and having unhealthy looking skin. But the good news is that you don’t have to live that way continuously, you can replace consumption of beer with tea instead.

The Science and Skin Care Benefits of Tea

Green and Black tea come from an Asia native tea plant called Camellia sinensis. The only difference between them is the production. Green tea leaves after being selected, are swiftly heated to avoid fermentation, then it’s rolled before being steamed again whereas Black tea leaves after being picked, are left to shrink before being rolled, after which it’s left for some time to ferment and turn sour before being steamed.
The white, oolong and other teas come from the Camellia sinensis planted in tropical and subtropical parts of the world. It’s a small evergreen tree, often trimmed to 6 ½ feet, and yields yellow-white flowers with 7–8 petals.
We are aware of the research on the health benefits of drinking green tea; like hydration of the body and fighting infections caused by viruses and bacteria. But are we aware of the several ways green tea enables us to beautify our skin and achieve a glowing, healthy look? First, you have to know your teas before discussing them.
Tea is a beverage procured by immersing dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant or any herbal infusion in a cup of hot water. Depending on the way Camellia sinensis (the ‘normal’ tea) leaves are gathered and processed, we can produce different colors of tea—black, green, or white. Nevertheless, the more processes the leaves are put through, the lesser their catechol contents (polyphenols that fight against free radicals). Black color tea is the most processed while white color is the least.
Don’t get too carried away by these solid background information. The two principal challenges from these are the end products resulting from the metabolism of collagen and elastin.

The breakdown of collagen and elastin:

Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) is an enzyme that breaks the glue that holds the skin firmly together i.e. elastin and collagen. Some activity of MMP is required, but its excessive mediation contributes to visible aging (i.e. wrinkled and sagged skin). So, it would make a great difference to inhibit MMP activity.

Free Radicals

The presence of free radicals cause damage to cells, triggering skin pores to get blocked with dead cell, debris and other toxins. Flavonoids are high antioxidant compounds found in the plant. Since some tea types are rich in flavonoids (like catechin, quercetin, and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), they are useful as panacea for the free radical quagmire.

Our Skin Care Expectations and Objectives

How about the myriad of skin problems like acne, sunburn, acne scars, wrinkles, sagging skin, allergic dermatitis, dark circles, dry skin, skin cancer, etc.
Do you aspire for tightened skin and the prevention of aging? Don’t you wish for abundant availability collagen and elastin to mitigate fine lines and dry skin? A starting point should be the inhibition of excess MMP activity.

  • Do you want to neutralize the cell-damaging effects of free radicals and the prevention of acne caused by bacterial cell death?
  • Do you want inflammation suppressed? (e.g. the redness, pain and swelling of pimples).
  • Do you want to protect your skin from the damaging consequences of Ultra-violet radiations from the sun? (Free radicals play crucial roles again).

Let us discuss the top seven tea types and their skin beauty benefits.

 

1. Chamomile tea from the Matricaria Chamomilla plant

The active ingredients of chamomile tea are alpha-bisabolol, quercetin, apigenin, and chamazulene.

  • alpha-Bisabolol is an effective analgesic, antibiotic, anti-inflammation, skin-soothing, and anticancer agent. It also tones the skin, reduces the stress of unwarranted criticism from others (and yourself).
  • Apigenin causes the death of cancerous cells.
  • Chamazulene is an anti-inflammation agent.13
  • Quercetin is an active antioxidant fighting against free radicals.

Note: Very few people are allergic to Chamomile tea. Most allergic reactions are effects of consumption of a counterfeit version of Chamomile (i.e. dog Chamomile). The FDA has classified chamomile tea as safe and healthy for comsumption.

 

2. Ginger tea from the Zingiber officinale plant.

Any tea prepared with this known rhizome contains useful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds—gingerol and shogaol. It also acts as a diaphoretic ( induces profuse sweating) which aids in cleansing the skin pores thereby, giving you a clear skin.
Note: Individuals with oxalate-precipitating kidney stones, history of gallstones or with a bleeding disorder or taking blood thinning medication are advised to avoid ginger.

 

3. Dandelion root tea from the Taraxacum officinale plant.

Dandelion tea weeds which you always dispose of, is richly endowed with Vitamins A, B, C, and D, and minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium (if you have a garden…and weeds).
Its diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties make it the most recommended by skin care ingredients.

The liver detoxifies the body of all the toxins produced in the body. The high potassium content of Dandelion makes it a natural diuretic, thus it’s useful in the removal of toxins in urine. Anything that supports the liver detoxification activity is skin-friendly.
Note: Side effects in exceptionally sensitive people could be stomach upset or skin rash which subsides once you quit the herb consumption.

 

4. Green tea from the Camellia Sinensis plant green

Ensure your colleagues at work sip green tea daily in the office, your young daughter swill it like water and even as attractive bulk offers at the supermarket. Green tea’s catechin content, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) is an effective antioxidant. These bring about its effectiveness in sun protection, prevention of acne and also as an effective skin moisturizer.

 

5. The Camellia sinensis plant white tea extract

These possess the same properties with green tea, though it is the least processed of the black-green-white trio, it has the highest content of catechin/catechol and offers protection from free radicals, sun damage, and possess unique anti-inflammatory properties with MMPs inhibition.

 

6. Tulsi tea from the Ocimum tenuiflorum plant

Tulsi tea active ingredients are ursolic acid, eugenol, and linoleic acid.

  • Eugenol posses antimicrobial properties which aids in the prevention of acne and skin ailments.
  • Ursolic acid restores skin elasticity and gets rid of wrinkles thus, leaving your skin healthy and brilliant.
  • Linoleic acid has anti-cancer effects.
  • Tulsi tea also modulate hormonal equilibrium in the body, including cortisol (the stress hormone) hence, eliminating another leading cause of skin acne.

That captivated your attention back, right? Now let’s look at other teas and skin care benefits.

7. Rooibos tea or red tea from the Aspalathus Iinearis plant.

Rooibos tea is highly furnished with antioxidants like vitamin C and active polyphenols like aspalathin, nothofagin and quercetin, thereby, effectively fighting free radicals.

Green tea is also rich in alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) and zinc. AHAs gently remove dead skin cells from your face while zinc builds cell membranes and heals bruised tissue. Because of its caffeine free property (unlike other tea types), it’s an ideal substitute for those wary of the impact of caffeine consumption to health. You are assured of a beautiful night rest after sipping a cup of sweet red cuppa. Why the wait? Grab a cup of tea now.

 

 

AUTHOR: ANDREW OKPETU