With the popularity of Green Tea (i.e. like matcha lattes) it’s no wonder the powerhouse ingredient has made its way into skincare.
As a drink, Green Tea may help improve blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and inflammation, amongst a number of other health benefits.
In skincare, Green Tea Extract is a popular ingredient for its ability to protect from free radical damage, calm skin inflammation, minimize sebum, and help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
What can Green Tea do for the skin?
Green Tea is a pretty universal ingredient that all skin types can benefit from. Whether you have oily skin, acne, dark spots, or inflammation, Green Tea may be a good ingredient you should look into.
For acne-prone (and oily) skin
Green Tea contains a compound known as EGCG which is responsible for the ingredient’s benefits including antioxidant protection and reduction of sebum. Oily skin types typically have an overproduction of sebum which gives the skin a shinier appearance and can also affect the look of pores. With higher levels of sebum, the excess oil can get trapped in pores and become blackheads and trigger acne breakouts.
Since Green Tea has properties that help reduce sebum on the skin, it not only helps control oil for oily skin types but also reduces the amount of breakouts caused by the excess oil.
As an anti-inflammatory ingredient, Green Tea helps provide a soothing effect for skin conditions like eczema and rosacea to help minimize irritation. Additionally, Green Tea also helps calm inflammation and redness that can occur as a result of sun damage.
Green Tea also helps minimize the appearance and irritation of acne breakouts that become red and swollen. Since this type of acne is inflammatory Green Tea helps reduce the swelling from the more “angry” looking blemishes.
For cell damage
As an antioxidant, Green Tea provides protection from free radical damage. UV rays and pollutants cause the production of free radicals that lead to the breakdown of collagen in the skin, can sensitize the skin, and impair the skin barrier. Free radical damage can alter the appearance of the skin via premature aging, redness, and enlarged pores (due to the breakdown of collagen).
Antioxidants help combat the effects of UV rays and pollutants as they neutralize free radicals and as a result help the skin barrier function as it should.
For dark spots
Long exposure to the sun without any protection can cause photo damage, which is basically damage caused by the sun. This kind of sun damage appears as premature aging, changes in pigmentation (like dark spots and sun spots), and redness amongst a couple of other signs of damage.
Now that we’ve established that Green Tea contains antioxidants, these antioxidants that help with barrier repair also help with the effects of photo damage, and reduce hyperpigmentation caused by prolonged (and unprotected) exposure to the sun.
Where you can find Green Tea Extract in Hanhoo products
Dermafix Toner and Moisturizer
Given the numerous benefits provided by Green Tea, it is featured as a one of the star ingredients in our Dermafix Toner and Moisturizer.
In our toner, Green Tea helps provide oil control and soothing benefits the ingredient is well known for. Oily skin types can generally benefit from the addition of a toner, especially one that helps with oil control, as it helps keep shine in check.
In our moisturizer, the ingredient helps keep the skin protected via Green Tea’s antioxidant properties, to help fight against free radical damage. Like our toner, the moisturizer also helps control sebum to minimize oiliness and reduce the appearance of breakouts.
Dark Spot Brightening Patch
Our Dark Spot Brightening Patch with microneedles helps fade dark spots, sun spots, and acne scars. Among the star ingredients, Niacinamide helps reduce hyperpigmentation spots with the added antioxidant protection from Green Tea Extract.
Green Tea helps to reduce pigmentation caused by sun damage further helping fade the appearance of dark spots and prevent spots from further sun damage.
With the various benefits offered by Green Tea, whether you drink it or apply it in some way on your skin, it can help improve the health of your skin. Through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Green Tea helps protect against sun damage and helps maintain the skin barrier.