Green Tea and Skincare
What is Green Tea?
Also known as Matcha or Nokcha, green tea is a popular East Asian drink. They are made from Camellia sinensis, or the tea plant (not to be confused with tea trees), leaves. These leaves are steeped in alcohol to create Green Tea extract, which is used in foods, cosmetics, etc.
Why is Green Tea used in Skincare?
Green Tea is known to contain large quantities of polyphenols. Polyphenols, which are a class of bioflavinoids, have been shown to have antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Most of the polyphenols in green tea are catechins. Catechins, which are antioxidants by nature, have also been shown to function as anti-inflammatory and anticancer agents. One of the major catechins in green tea has been shown to be the most effective agent against skin inflammation and cancerous changes in the skin.