Green tea has long been used for its amazing health benefits in a wide range of areas, including possible improvements in digestive health, wound healing and even its potential to protect against certain cancers. Recently, green tea has been gaining attention for its uses in skincare, namely for its antioxidant, astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.
What’s Inside the Ingredient?
Green tea leaves, which come from the Camellia sinensis plant, are made up of a variety of chemical compounds that may be responsible for many of its health benefits. Some of the most notable of these include:
- Polyphenols. Polyphenols give green tea its significant antioxidant properties. Some research suggests that the polyphenols in green tea are even stronger antioxidants than vitamin C, which is another known antioxidant with powerful skin benefits.
Antioxidants are important skincare ingredients because they can help to neutralize the oxidation of free radicals caused by environmental stressors, which may otherwise lead to discoloration, lines, wrinkles and other common signs of skin aging (ISRN Dermatology).
- Alkaloids. Alkaloids such as caffeine, theobromine and theophylline are also found in green tea extract. These organic plant-based compounds have a stimulant effect, and when used in skincare, this may help to improve the appearance of fine lines and puffy under eye circles (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology).
- L-theanine. A potent amino acid, L-theanine may give green tea its characteristic calming and stress-relieving effect. While this can help to create an overall sense of relaxation within the body, it may also help to soothe and nourish the skin.
Green Tea in Anti-Aging Skincare
Because of these key compounds that make up green tea extract, it may be a beneficial addition to your anti-aging skincare regimen. Skinbetter science has included it in the proprietary and revolutionary AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream formula, which combines two gold-standard anti-aging ingredients, a retinoid and alpha hydroxy acid, to create an innovative double conjugated retinoid. This formula can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in as little as four weeks without causing skin irritation.
Green tea extract is included to provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, which may help to soothe and calm the skin while also providing protection against collagen degradation and skin discoloration.
Green tea isn’t just a great choice for a calming, warm drink. It may also bring a multitude of skin health benefits when applied topically and included in a comprehensive anti-aging strategy.
If you’d like more information about the skinbetter science AlphaRet™ formula, find a professional in your area, who will be able to help you determine the best anti-aging regimen for your skin.