Green tea or Camellia sinensis is known for its EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) which has several benefits for the body:
✓ Reduces the build-up of fats and cholesterol in your arteries
✓ Reduces the risk of a heart attack
✓ Lowers spikes in blood sugar
And because green tea can do all of these, it has a secondary effect on our skin.
It can help control oil accumulation
Too much sebum in your skin can buildup in your pores and lead to acne. So, being able to control sebum, can make things easier in controlling acne.
Fortunately, green tea is anti-androgenic. Meaning, it regulates the hormone that develops male characteristics. And one of the characteristics that can be controlled is sebum production.
It can help reduce inflammation
Since green tea is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, it can help lessen the formation of acne. It can also reduce redness and irritation in cases such as atopic dermatitis and rosacea.
It is anti-aging
Green tea is one of the strongest sources of antioxidants because of its polyphenols, which can protect us from UV-induced damage reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.
It also contains vitamin B that can promote collagen synthesis, which keeps our skin elastic and supple.
About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.