Green tea is packed with nutrients that fight wrinkles. Long popular as one of the top 10 most anti-oxidant rich drinks on earth, green tea is now showing up in facial products (such as Dermadeli’s new: Green Tea Leaf Exfoliating Scrub. Why? Does green tea have any special value? Read on…..
Anti-oxidants stop free radicals from damaging collagen and elastin – the two components that provide ‘structure and smoothness’ to the skin – hence, they fight wrinkles. The anti-oxidant in green tea, Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) not only helps prevent wrinkle formation, but it also discourages inflammation. Inflammation releases many compounds into the skin that ultimately lead to wrinkles. These anti-oxidants also reduce the cell damage and photo-aging from sunlight and offers protection from UVB (burning) rays.
Acne, rosacea and psoriasis are also improved by the polyphenols in green tea. Research done in 2007 shows that green tea can reduce the flaky skin that typifies psoriasis. Because all three of these skin conditions involve inflammation, the anti-oxidants in this super food contribute greatly to improving affected skin. Products such as green tea are known to NOT cause irritation, and may be effective in reducing redness, facial flushing, and inflammation in rosacea patients.
Not only is green tea a wonderful choice for drinking, but its use directly on the skin is well supported also. Topically, green tea helps prevent uneven skin pigmentation that results from sun exposure. It is also shown to increase the epidermal (top) layer of the skin. Green tea can also help reduce the DNA damage from UVB rays if applied prior to sun exposure.
Both drinking green tea and applying it to the skin offer many skin and health enhancing benefits. Like most other antioxidants, green tea polyphenols are oxidized and lose their activity when exposed to air. This makes cream products that contain green tea polyphenols a less desirable choice than a dry product. The Dermadeli Green Tea Leaf Exfoliating Scrub delivers a dry product with the addition of other wonderful ingredients such as yogurt powder and oatmeal. It will offer a fabulous addition to your daily routine of cleansing without irritation. In fact, it will reduce any irritation or inflammation that may be present. Enjoy!