Monday, 1 February 2016

Why you should use Green Tea as a Toner

I wrote up a post a while ago on the benefits of green tea as part of my Tea for Skin series. Most of the studies I came across involved drinking green tea, while a few experimented with topical application. Here are the main benefits of green tea as a skin treatment.

Benefits
  • has a photoprotective effect, so protects against UV radiation, and
  • has been shown to improve skin redness, and UV-induced damage (Katiyar, 2003)
  • can reduce severity of acne in mild to moderate acne sufferers (L Elsaie et al., 2009)
  • green tea polyphenols possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties
  • significant improvement in the elastic tissue content (Chiu et al., 2006)
  • elasticity, roughness, scaling, density, and water homeostasis were shown to improve in a 2011, 12 week study (Heinrich et al., 2011)

Sencha at the Advanced Tea Brewing Class  by Michael Allen Smith licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

After writing that last post, I have definitely started drinking green tea more regularly. I also wanted to use green tea as a toner, and while I have a few times, I haven't been consistent. So, from tonight onwards I'll be incorporating green tea into my skincare routine.

I'm planning to use good old tea bags (because that's what I have), but hopefully graduate with something a little more substantial, like this:






I'll be showing you my results in a week's time (to start with), so stay tuned, bookmark this page or follow me on twitter, where I'll give you a heads up!

xo, Amali



Studies Referenced

Katiyar, S. (2003). Skin Photoprotection by Green Tea: Antioxidant and Immunomodulatory Effects. curr drug targets immune endocr metabol disord, 3(3), pp.234-242.

Chiu, A., Chan, J., Kern, D., Kohler, S., Rehmus, W. and Kimball, A. (2006). Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Green Tea Extracts in the Clinical and Histologic Appearance of Photoaging Skin. Dermatologic Surgery, 31, pp.855-860.

Heinrich, U., Moore, C., De Spirt, S., Tronnier, H. and Stahl, W. (2011). Green Tea Polyphenols Provide Photoprotection, Increase Microcirculation, and Modulate Skin Properties of Women. Journal of Nutrition, 141(6), pp.1202-1208.

Elsaie ML, Abdelhamid MF, Elsaaiee LT, Emam HM. The efficacy of topical 2% green tea lotion in mild-to-moderate acne vulgaris. J Drugs Dermatol. 2009;8:358–6408.

Katiyar, S. (2003). Skin Photoprotection by Green Tea: Antioxidant and Immunomodulatory Effects. curr drug targets immune endocr metabol disord, 3(3), pp.234-242.

2 comments:

  1. I absolutely love green tea - it's my first port of call in the morning. But just recently I have started sipping on fresh mint tea, have you tried that? It has so many health benefits and it tastes amazing. I just rip off some mint leaves and pour boiling water over them then leave to steep for 10-15 minutes. It really helps with bloated bellies and is a great relaxation aid.

    Liv x
    www.livymegs.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I haven't tried fresh mint tea, but have dried occasionally. I will deff be trying that, thanks for the tip, Liv xo

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