When I was living with my parents, the boy next door went to Japan for his studies. A year later he came back and he suddenly looked a lot healthier and younger.
His secret? He drank green tea every day in Japan. As a result he had lost a lot of weight and his skin had a healthy glow.
So his mother, sister, my mother and I went to drink green tea en masse. That was also the moment I drank so much green tea, that I didn’t like it anymore. And I still don’t like it very much.
We didn’t get as amazing results as the boy next door. So he concluded that may be Dutch green tea was different than Japanese green tea. And yes, Dutch green tea doesn’t contain as much green tea leaves as Japanese green tea. That’s why the tea didn’t work out of us.
And that’s also the trouble with green tea. It’s a great ingredient for your body and skin, but you have to get it in the right proportion. Or else it doesn’t work…
What is green tea?
Green tea is made from the leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis. Green tea leaves aren’t fermented. This preserves the original light green color of the leave. And that’s why the tea is also light green/ yellowish in color after steeping in hot water.
Green tea is popular in China, Japan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and recently in Europe.
The health benefits of green tea
- Lowers the fat content (including cholesterol) in the blood.
- Lowers the blood pressure.
- Reduces the risk of bladder, esophagus, ovaries and pancreas.
- Reduces the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix after human papillomavirus infection.
The benefits of green tea for your skin
Green tea also has a number of benefits for your skin. The ECGC (polyphenol) in green tea is responsible for the positive effect on the skin. And it has the following benefits:
- It prevents skin damage after sun exposure.
- It works anti-inflammatory.
- It has a preventive effect on the appearance of wrinkles. But it doesn’t reduce existing wrinkles!
But green tea in skin care is not that easy…
Adding green tea to skin care products isn’t that easy. First, ECGC isn’t a stable substance. It oxidizes when it comes into contact with water and oxygen. Then it doesn’t work anymore. This is of course very inconvenient if you want to process it in skin care. So often green tea extract is used.
And if you really want to get the benefits of green tea on your skin, there must be high concentrations of green tea extract in the product. Unfortunately this isn’t always clearly stated on the packaging.
But to experience the benefits of green tea on your skin, there must be at least 2% of green tea extract in it. Here too, the more green tea extract the better. And the more expensive the product.
Besides, green tea extract doesn’t look very attractive in skin care products. The color of the extract is brown and when you add it to a product it becomes yellowish, like mustard.
Green tea in K-beauty skin care
Green tea is therefore a difficult ingredient, but fortunately skin care manufacturers are increasingly able to add it in the right way to products!
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