For thousands of years, the properties of green tea have been known in Asia, and used for both internal and external health reasons. In addition to its ancient status, green tea has been studied scientifically and shown to have high antioxidant levels, moderate caffeine and overall soothing effects. The production methods used to refine green tea work to preserve its strong antioxidant properties.
As you would expect, green tea can certainly be consumed internally as a hot and iced tea. A cup of green tea needs to be steeped for 6-10 minutes to obtain the maximum amount of antioxidants per cup. The hotter the water used to brew the green tea and the longer it is steeped, the more antioxidants it will contain.
Green tea consumption can help to decrease the breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin, thus reducing the signs of premature aging. Because of these properties, green tea also has been used on the surface of the skin with many positive results.
Due to its antioxidant strength, extracts of green tea can help decrease inflammation in the skin and increase healthy circulation to the surface of the skin. Green Tea Antioxidant Serum, which is carried in our office and on our website, has proven to be particularly helpful with healing broken capillaries, which are caused by facial skin damage from the sun, and with calming the effects of rosacea.
Environmental exposure to the sun and pollutants causes free radicals to build up in the skin, which then causes the damage that results in an aging appearance. Green tea has also been shown to remove these impurities from the skin. The impurity-removal property is considered to be a factor in preventing acne by improving the pores and moisture within the skin.
One other nice factor with green tea is that it can be used with very delicate skin areas, such as under the eyes and the decollete. These areas have thinner skin and can be even more damaged by environmental effects. Using green tea serums under the eyes, in the neck and upper chest can help prevent and reverse the signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
So cozy up with a cup of green tea to help heal you internally! Then, apply Green Tea Antioxidant Serum to your skin twice daily after cleaning the area.
Once the serum is absorbed, you can add your moisturizer and sunscreen for further protection. As always, if you have any questions concerning skin care, call us at (207) 873-2158 to pose your question and/or to schedule a free and confidential consultation.