A sip of a warming cup of green tea, we know, can do much to soothe both our throats and our souls. But its benefits don’t end there. When applied topically, green tea can revive your complexion and comes packed with skin-loving properties. We ask experts to give us the low-down on this radiance-boosting ingredient.
“Tannins and caffeine in green tea help shrink blood vessels around your eyes and reduces dark circles, redness, swelling, irritation and puffiness. It contains a high quantity of polyphenols known as catechins, which have anti-inflammatory properties and powerful antibacterial properties, making it effective in treating acne and unclogging pores. Green tea and green tea extract can keep your skin looking younger,” says Harini Sivakumar, Founder, CEO & Cosmetic Chemist at Earth Rhythm.
When used topically, green tea is a versatile ingredient and safe for all skin types and is especially beneficial for those with oily, mature, or sensitive skin. Those with high hypersensitivity tendency should avoid using it. The formulation is key here. “Green tea is not a stable ingredient and oxidises quickly when exposed to light. There has to be a quality check to procure the appropriate levels of polyphenols from the leaves,” cautions Dr. Madhuri Agarwal, Founder and CEO of Yavana Aesthetics Clinic
Green tea works well with most skincare ingredients. “It can be combined with other products with antioxidant properties and with Vitamin C serum because of its role as a preservative for Vitamin C,” says Dr. Sushil Tahiliani, Consultant, Dermatology, P D Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre. This antioxidant property makes it a good addition to sunscreens, where it aids the benefits of sunscreen and helps protect your skin. At night, you can use it with peptides and hyaluronic-infused products to hydrate the skin. “Some particularly good combinations are green tea with caffeine, which works beautifully on puffy eyes and dark circles. When combined with aloe vera, it heals and repairs skin, and with Salicylic acid, it helps control breakouts and exfoliates dead skin cells,” says Sivakumar.
We scouted around for the best trusty green tea products you need to have on your bathroom shelf.
Earth Rhythm Clear Skin Face Masque with Matcha Green Tea