Green tea is a powerful ingredient in skin care.

The health-promoting properties of green tea have been explored extensively over the last few years. More than a comforting drink, it has proven to be a powerful ingredient that can now be found in many of your favourite products. But what exactly is green tea, why is it good for you and what are its benefits in the beauty and skin care department?


What is Green Tea?

Green tea is not a special variety of tea; it’s simply tea that is picked at a different stage of its development in comparison to “ordinary” black tea. The leaves of Camellia Sinensis, one of the two main varieties of the plant, are harvested before the withering and oxidation process, therefore distinguishing them from the leaves used to make black tea. The fact that the leaves are harvested sooner, and are not fermented like black tea, means that they retain their green colour.


Why is Green Tea Good for You?

Many green tea aficionados make claims about its ability to prevent or cure all sorts of ailments, improve brain functions and speed up your metabolism, some of these claims are still unproven to this day. However, we do know for a fact that green tea has a high concentration of polyphenols, like flavonoids and catechins, which have a powerful antioxidant effect. This can reduce the formation of free radicals, which are associated with signs of ageing of the skin. It also contains caffeine, which has an energizing and stimulating effect. So in addition to being a pleasant beverage, green tea can make you feel alert and relaxed at the same time!


What are the Benefits of Green Tea in Skin Care Products?

The trend of drinking green tea and consuming other superfoods is no surprise: in the last few years, people started to care more about where their skin care products come from and what they contain, which made them turn towards natural ingredients.

Green tea flushes out toxins from the skin, helps heal blemishes and soothes the complexion, thanks to catechins, an antibacterial agent that suppresses acne-causing bacteria and helps regulate hormonal imbalances. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help reduce redness and inflammation. Moreover, the EGCG found in green tea can reactivate skin cells that are dying due to poor lifestyle habits, exposure to sunlight and pollution, and stop the signs of premature aging, like wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines. The vitamin K it contains also relaxes tired and puffy eyes and helps remove dark circles.


How is Green Tea Processed?

Of course, there’s more to producing a skin care product by using one of nature’s wonderful ingredients, than merely picking and packaging it! One of the latest skin care ranges to make use of the power of green tea in order to purify and balance skin, is Garnier’s SkinActive Natural Range. The green tea found in these products is renewable and produced by using the process of natural evaporation. The leaves are cleaned, mixed with organic maltodextrin and spray-dried: this is how the leaves retain all their benefits when they are used in the skin care range, the toner and moisturizer maintaining these purifying active ingredients. In the toner, green tea is mixed with coconut-based foaming agents for gentle and thorough cleansing, which means that nature takes the place of additives to make a formula that effectively nourishes and balances combination to oily skin.


There may be no such thing as a miracle, but green tea is good for your health as a drink and great for your skin as part of your beauty routine. So, what are you waiting for? Try Garnier’s new SkinActive Natural range, and get ready to look and feel beautiful, naturally.