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Camellia Sinensis Leaf powder

Oh, camellia sinensis doesn’t ring a bell? How about its common name, ‘Tea Plant’? Yes, the stuff you might drink every day. You must be well aware of the benefits of drinking tea. Now let’s see if there are any benefits in skincare. But first a brief refresher on tea. There are a few tea types:

  • Black
  • Oolong
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Green

Both green tea and black tea are made from the exact same plant, the camellia sinensis. Black tea has undergone the most withering and oxidation whereas green tea the least.

But let me break it down for you so you will have an idea why it’s good for your skin.

Benefits of Green tea

Green tea is an effective skincare ingredient because it has certain compounds that nourish and heal the skin.

Important Compounds in Green tea

  • Polyphenols*: Polyphenols give antioxidant properties to green tea. They are considered even stronger antioxidants than Vitamin C.
  • Alkaloids: They are plant-based compounds. When used in skincare products, they have been shown to remove fine lines and improve the puffy under-eye circle.
  • L-theanine: It has a stress-relieving effect. It soothes and nourishes the skin.

*Green tea is especially rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This is a polyphenol that research has shown can improve acne and oily skin because of its antibacterial properties that detoxify the skin and eliminate acne-causing bacteria.

OK, enough talking about the chemicals, now let me tell you what it does to your skin.

Fights Premature Aging

Green tea is abundant in antioxidants that have the ability to restore dying skin cells. This is how it performs the trick and refreshes the once dull-looking skin. It is rich in vitamin B-2. This vitamin makes the skin look more youthful by maintaining a healthy collagen level.

Anti-inflammatory Benefits

Environmental pollutants and excessive exposure to harmful rays of sun result in skin inflammation. The polyphenols in green tea help in the alleviation of redness and inflammation associated with sun exposure. Research shows that green tea increases benzoic acid production. This compound can treat skin irritation caused by eczema or burns.

Helps in Unclogging Pores

Excess of sebum production can often lead to clogged pores, blackheads, and in worse scenarios, it can cause cystic acne. Green tea helps in controlling oil production in the skin and tightens it. Hence, it prevents dirt from clogging up the pores. Moreover, it deeply cleanses the skin leaving it purified.

Fight Acne

Green tea fights acne. The polyphenols are acute cleansers. They fight all sorts of bacterial infections by damaging their outer membrane. According to research, using a product with two percent of green tea extract and reduce acne.

Moisturises Skin

Green tea is rich in vitamin C which is well-known for nourishing and hydrating the skin. Green tea keeps your skin hydrated and fresh.

Treats Dark Circles and Puffiness

Green tea contains caffeine and tannin. When applied under the eyes, it shrinks the fine blood vessels and reduces puffiness. It also helps in lightening the dark circles.

CosIng Function – Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder

Research on Camellia Sinensis Leaf

TL;DR It is rich in polyphenols (which are free radical fighting antioxidants) that have been found to help prevent premature aging and guard against UV damage. It also appears to reduce skin inflammation.

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