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Green tea (Camelia Sinesis, also sometimes listed as Camelia Oleifera Leaf Extract) in medical-grade skincare?
Having owned a tea business and being a tea instructor for 10 years, I am excited to see this ingredient in medical-grade skincare products. Knowing about its many health benefits from powerful polyphenol antioxidants; this is another super ingredient.
Camelia Sinesis, a native plant from China, has been used in skincare for several years. More and more research has been done on its powerful antioxidant EGCG, discovering some great benefits not only internally but also in topical creams, gels, and serums.
First, a quick science lesson:
The skin consists of three layers: the epidermis (outer layer), dermis (mid-layer), and hypodermis (inner layer). Green Tea polyphenols are not absorbed beyond the epidermis, so any benefits are limited to the outer layer of skin. Nevertheless the benefits are significant. When old cells (found in the other layer) are exposed to EGCG, the cells appear to start dividing. They make DNA and produce more energy. Effectively, they are reactivated.
So what can I expect from Green Tea in my skincare?
- Replenishes and restores sun-exposed skin by acting as an antioxidant to help repair skin from sun-induced free radical damage
- Cools and soothes sun-stressed skin and relieves discomfort after sun exposure (by acting as a potent anti-inflammatory)
- Hydrates, moisturizes, and replenishes without oil, film, or residue
- Prevents collagen breakdown
Besides professional products with EGCG, a few home remedies utilizing Green Tea worth mentioning are:
- Green tea compresses to soothe burned skin
- Green teabags decrease puffiness under eyes or perk up tired eyes before apply makeup
- Green teabags are also used to stop gums from bleeding after tooth extraction
- Green tea footbaths are used to aid athletes’ foot
Products we use and sell at Dermatology Affiliates that contain EGCG at clinical-effective levels:
SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum