Green tea is great for health all around. It is being studied in connection with cancer prevention and has been shown to lower high blood pressure. This classic brew may also help regulate blood sugar, improve memory, and lower cholesterol. Skin also reaps great benefits from green tea!
What is it?
Polyphenols are antioxidants that come from plant sources, including berries, dark-skinned grapes, purple cabbage, and green tea. As you may know, antioxidants neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals in the body which may come from a variety of environmental toxins from pollution to UV rays.
What does it do?
In the skin, polyphenols (such as green tea extract, which may be the most common form in skin care products) counteract the damage that UV rays would otherwise cause to the skin which could lead to skin aging and skin cancer. By protecting the skin cells from retaining damage, the skin cells remain healthy (vs. cancerous) and normal collagen & elastin production continues. Polyphenols are also believe to promote healthy cell growth
It works best for:
General skin care, especially in combination with sunscreen. Since green tea (& other polyphenols) protect against environmental damage, including UV damage, Dr. Beverly often recommends applying a layer of moisturizer or serum with green tea under your sunscreen for an extra boost of protection; the sunscreen will reduce the amount of UV rays that reach the skin, and the green tea will supplement this and help prevent the rays that do make contact the skin from damaging the cells DNA. Win-win!