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Understanding the Benefits of Tea for Your Skin

Understanding the Benefits of Tea for Your Skin

Beyond steeping for three minutes in hot water, the leaves of the tea plant are a core ingredient in skin care and shaving products. Unoxidised and young tea leaves - white or green tea - are rich with catechins, polyphenolic compounds considerably high in antioxidant content.

White or Green Tea?

The choice between utilising white or green tea extract in skin care products is largely a choice made by the skin care company. Whilst research indicates that White Tea may have a larger concentration of Catechins than Green Tea rendering the former to be more potent, and that each respective tea may contain a different set of Antioxidants, both nevertheless work as powerful ingredients with largely isomorphic benefits. And in addition to their antioxidant content, both white and green teas have Anti-Inflammatory properties, rendering them useful for both skin care and shaving use.

Antioxidant Benefits

White tea and green tea offer remarkable benefits for the skin, primarily through their protective and reparative properties. When applied topically, the antioxidants in tea extracts counteract free radical damage - which result from exposure to pollutants in the atmosphere such as cigarette smoke and UV radiation, and can also be attributed to an excessive diet of alcohol, fats, and sugars. These factors put the body under considerable oxidative stress, and consequently this results in skin cell damage which gives the appearance of aging and general inflammation and redness. Sunspots, fine lines, and wrinkles are all examples of free radical damage. Antioxidants restore balance and work at the visible appearance of the skin by repairing it post-exposure, slowing down the visible signs of damage.

Tea products play a crucial role in protecting the Skin Cell Matrix. The enzymes in the skin function to rejuvenate damaged proteins through a recycling-like process. When the skin cell matrix effectively performs this task, the skin appears firm and healthy. Conversely, when it fails, the skin shows signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Overactive enzymatic activity, which naturally increases with age and is exacerbated by free radicals, can also harm the skin. This heightened activity is associated with the development of wrinkles. Antioxidant-rich tea products help balance enzyme production, preventing excessive activity while supporting the production of elastin and collagen. These proteins are essential for maintaining a youthful and healthy skin appearance, making tea products beneficial in the quest for anti-aging.

In light of this, look out for skin care products that contain antioxidants derived from white and/or green tea extracts, and especially look out for these ingredients in anti-aging formulations.

Jaxon Lane's Boom Cica Wow Cleanser contains green tea as part of its impressive ingredients list. It balances enzymatic activity while supporting the production of elastin and collagen. It nourishes the skin as it cleans, never stripping the skin of the good stuff. Its supremely gentle yet effective - and is further enriched with anti-aging ingredients.

Urth's Face Balm is the perfect product with a focus on preventing sun damage, utilising an SPF15 sunscreen with the addition of green tea, providing environmental protection and fighting free radical damage. Additionally, tea extracts stimulate Microcirculation, promoting a skin tone that appears happy and healthy, because it is. Combine this with a high powered serum containing a cocktail of tea-derived antioxidants and Peptides to be applied underneath a moisturiser. Like a concentrated shot of wheatgrass in your smoothie, Jaxon Lane's Super Serum reverses free radical damage throughout the day, and gets to work while you sleep in the evening. It brightens skin tone, and with sustained use, evens skin tone.


Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

The anti-inflammatory benefits of white and green tea makes it particularly effective when employed not only in skin care products, but also shaving products. Particularly desirable for those with skin of a sensitive disposition (that is, prone to irritation, redness and shave burn), botanically-derived antioxidants efficaciously intervene on inflammation reaction pathways, therefore reducing the overall appearance of inflammation as they 'step in' to protect the skin. For this reason, facial cleansers such as Urth's Face Wash, which employ white and green tea respectively, are a positive step for those with sensitive skin type that suffer from inflammation and its ensuing redness. The same principle works on the aforementioned face serums and moisturisers, and can moreover bear the same effects in the domain of shaving. The cult collection of Proraso White, which includes Pre-Shave Cream, Shaving Soap, and After Shave Balm all have the added benefit of green tea, making it perfect for sensitive skin.