Green tea extract is derived from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant and offers various skin benefits, whether you enjoy drinking green tea or applying it topically to your skin.
Green tea extract also exerts a sun protective effect by neutralizing free radicals, thereby reducing skin inflammation. It is for this reason that green tea extract makes for an important ingredient in sunscreen formulas.
Green Tea is a Rich Source of Antioxidants
Green tea extract is a rich natural source of antioxidants, and also has a cell-protecting function. Its strong antioxidant effect offers protection to the skin against the damaging effects of free radicals.
This herb also contains methylxanthines which stimulate microcirculation in the skin, thereby influencing the health and tone of the skin in a positive way.
Green tea extract is great for decreasing wrinkles on the skin to give your face a younger-looking appearance. It is this property that makes this extract a valuable ingredient to have in skin care products designed to slow down the effects of aging.
As an anti-inflammatory agent, green tea extract helps in the reduction of inflammations on the skin. More importantly, it offers an inhibitory action on collagenase, a collagen-reducing enzyme responsible for the breaking down of collagen.
Because green tea extract assists in the inhibition of collagenase, when used topically, it helps to promote the quantity and health of collagen, so as to maintain firm and elastic skin. Studies have found that skin gained measurably more elastic tissue content following the continuous application of skin care products containing green tea extract.