Green tea is an amazing way to get your greens in. There are many health benefits from drinking tea but also in other uses. I was, in a word, amazed at the findings when I googled green tea. Incredibly powerful, green tea is beneficial not only by drinking it, but by using it topically on your skin! Keep reading for ways to incorporate this healthy tea in your beauty routine and learn what is green tea.
Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world behind water! Now 78 percent of the tea consumed globally is black and only about 20 percent is green. However, that number is quickly changing as everyone is realizing what a healthy beverage choice tea
Did you know that Green tea has been used for centuries in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine?
Now, all types of tea, except herbal tea, are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The level of oxidation of the leaves determines the type of tea Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea. It therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols. You can read more about polyphenols and antioxidants called catechins in my blog post, "Polyphenols! ECGC! Catechins! Oh My!" Let's be clear, green tea still comes from the same Camellia Sinensis plant as does all teas except herbals. It's how the leaf is process that makes all the difference in whether it is deemed black, green or white. Yet it is green tea that carries with it some fantastic health benefits not only internally, but externally as well. The tea leaf just amazes me!
Green tea does have caffeine and you can read my blog "The Great Caffeine Debate" for further information. I say, all in moderation. Right? Right! However, I'm getting my greens in on a daily basis.
Green tea is good for your skin! After working with Matcha and my matcha face mask, I was impressed when searching more about green tea and that all green tea can be added to my beauty regimine! I learned that not only am I making a great beverage choice, but there are powerful benefits using it on your skin. (I'll be saving my steeped green tea leaves!) Here are some of what I found on the internet.
* Drinking and applying green tea fights skin cancer by promoting DNA repair. Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG that fights DNA damage from UV rays to prevent skin cancer. That means it's also a potent anti-aging ingredient that combats signs of aging when ingested or applied topically. (Count me in!)
* Green tea is powerful antibacterial agent for treating acne and unclogging pores. Polyphenols (did I spell that right?) in green tea damage bacterial membranes and fight against infection, meaning that it’s a useful tool for treating bacterial growth that causes acne. It helps kill systemic bacterial inflammation for smoother, toned skin. You can even use green tea as a spot treatment for those pesky blemishes.
* The Caffeine and tannins in green tea help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, making it a miracle for treating puffy eyes and dark circles. (This I gotta try with those green tea leaves I'll be saving after I drink my tea!)
There are many real life ways to incorporate green tea into your beauty routine. For even more good stuff check out The Magic of Matcha blog post. I've been doing those masks for a couple of years and a great skin rejuvenator!
I don't know about ya'll, but I think it's Tea Time!
Drink More Tea!