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Green tea extract

Green tea extract

What is Green Tea Extract?

Green tea extract is derived from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and is rich in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and is known for its various health benefits. In skincare, green tea extract is valued for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.

How does this ingredient work in skincare?

Green tea extract acts as a powerful antioxidant, shielding skin cells from damage caused by free radicals and environmental stressors like UV radiation and pollution. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm irritation and reduce redness, making it beneficial for individuals with sensitive or inflammatory skin conditions. Additionally, green tea extract supports skin health by promoting collagen synthesis, improving elasticity, and regulating sebum production to maintain a balanced complexion and reduce the risk of acne breakouts.

How does this ingredient compare to others?

While it’s hard to compare plant extracts, since there are so many of them out there, green tea extract is certainly one with many benefits as stated above. It’s also been well researched compared with some of the other plant extracts.

Potential benefits of this ingredient for the skin

  • Antioxidant: Green tea extract provides antioxidant protection by neutralizing free radicals, which can damage skin cells and lead to premature aging. Its high concentration of polyphenols, such as EGCG, helps shield the skin from oxidative stress caused by factors like UV radiation and pollution.
  • Soothing: With anti-inflammatory properties, green tea extract soothes irritated skin and reduces redness and swelling associated with conditions like acne and rosacea. By calming inflammation, it promotes a more balanced and comfortable complexion.
  • UV protection: While not a replacement for sunscreen, incorporating green tea extract into skincare products may offer additional photoprotective effects against UV-induced skin damage. It helps mitigate the harmful effects of sun exposure, such as sunburn and premature aging, contributing to healthier-looking skin.
  • Anti-aging: Green tea extract supports anti-aging efforts by promoting collagen synthesis and improving skin elasticity, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Its antioxidant properties also help fend off oxidative damage, preserving the skin's youthful appearance.
  • Sebum regulation: Containing catechins, green tea extract assists in regulating sebum production in oily skin types, reducing excess oiliness and the risk of acne breakouts and clogged pores. This helps maintain a more balanced and matte complexion, promoting overall skin health.

Products we use this ingredient in

Mushroom B5 Toning Cocktail

References

  • Pazyar, Nader et al. “Green tea in dermatology.” Skinmed vol. 10,6 (2012): 352-5.