Green tea, the 'beauty tea'...
Known in Japan as 'Green Jade', you have probably heard before how green tea is a great tea to drink due to its high level of antioxidants, but do you know why is so good for your skin inside and out?
By drinking green tea and applying it topically to the skin the antioxidants will primarily fight against free radicals. Free radicals can damage the DNA of your skin cells leading to a breakdown of collagen and elastin. Environmental factors such as air pollution, the sun and smoking can all lead to a speed up in free radicals so the antioxidant on the green tea is very welcome!
Other beauty benefits are its inflammatory properties which will reduce redness and inflammation, especially helpful for sunburn, sensitive skins, rosacea and acne.
There is also magnesium in green tea which helps to lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone) which in high levels can create acne and accelerates the ageing process.
Gosh, sounds do too good to be true doesn't it, no wonder the Chinese and Japanese look so youthful!
A great tip is to pop your used tea bag in the freezer after use and use it frozen to massage on to clean skin to also give you cryotherapy (cold) benefits- use it right under the eye area to help with puffiness and dark circles.
Also find green tea in Botanicals organic hydrating mists, used in my signature facials.
I'm off to make myself a cup of green tea! ...