[By Kiyora S.]
Judging from the average life expectancy of Japanese women, if ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, a daily cuppa green tea will bring you to a ripe old age. Harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant, a small evergreen tree with beautiful white flowers, green tea is undoubtedly one of the healthiest beverages on earth.Green tea is quickly emerging as one of the superhero ingredients of the beauty industry. Its rich amount of polyphenols delivers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to the skin that can help to slow the aging process, maintain the vitality of the skin, and improve its tone and glow. In addition, the catechins in green tea, especially EGCG, act as antibacterial agents that detoxify the skin and eliminate acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation in the pores and decrease excess sebum production.Are you going green with envy over the dermalogical benefits of green tea? Here are 5 great beauty products you should get your hands on.
Boscia green tea oil free moisturiser
Suffering from oiliness, breakouts and blemishes as summer’s fast approaching? This lightweight oil-free solution from Boscia filled with antioxidants of green tea, marine complex and wine yeast extract might be what you’re looking for. Japanese green tea significantly reduces sebum production, while burdock root helps absorb excess oil and prevent shine throughout the day, leaving skin smooth and mattified. In addition, green tea extract is known to naturally nourish, calm redness and protect against free radical damage, helping skin maintain its elasticity and tone.
Available from www.sephora.com
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea
Just as the name suggests, the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea is made with a blend of antioxidant-spiked ingredients to help soothe skin whenever your lacklustre complexion needs a rejuvenating boost. Hydrating heavy hitters like aloe vera-leaf juice and cucumber lock in skin’s moisture, peppermint-leaf water helps reduce sebum production to control oiliness while green tea extract acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to calm redness and soothe the skin. With its cocktail of energizing botanicals that wakes up the skin in an instant, this perfectly sized facial mist should find its way into both your working tote and evening clutch.
Available from www.amazon.com
Hardy & Co Matcha Latte Skin Polish
A dual-action skin replenishing and pore-refining facial scrub made from antioxidant powerhouse Matcha enriched with pure olive squalane. Hardy & Co Matcha Latte Skin Polish with its multi-action jojoba beads exfoliates dead cells expertly without stripping skin of its natural protective barrier. Its innovative, non drying formulation allows a spectrum of green tea antioxidants to deeply penetrate and purify skin, leaving your complexion nourished, refreshed and dewy-soft.
Available from www.sloaneshop.com
Lina Hanson Global Treasures Eye/Neck Treatment + Balm
This nourishing balm blend together luxurious and high quality beauty treasures from Japan and Korea ancient skincare traditions for its wide range of skin benefits.Packed with powerful antioxidants to soften wrinkles, restore elasticity, stimulate and rejuvenate skin cells, it repairs dull and uneven skin while brightening the complexion to restore its youthful glow. Notably, matcha green tea demonstrates superb detoxifying and anti-inflammatory benefits, helps protect your skin against free radical sun damage, soothes sunburns and puffy eyes while battling against dark circles. In addition, 24K gold extract reduces the appearance of fine lines and improves blood circulation for enhanced skin brightening effects while Pearl is known to regenerate collagen that leads to accelerated new skin growth with improved elasticity.
Available from www.linahanson.com
Sloane Inc Skin Superfood Match
Fast gaining a cult following amongst beauty insiders, the Sloane Inc Skin Superfood series made up of a small collection of extraordinary beauty gems infused with carefully selected, naturally occuring anti-aging superheros, recently added an anti-oxidant rich powder face mask derived from fresh matcha and green tea extracts to its skin changing repertoire. This skin restoration mask when energized by its accompany vitamin-rich counterpart, Skin Activator II, helps to detox and clarify distressed, tired skins instantly as the lush benefits of matcha deeply revitalizes aging skin cells. The ‘mix when ready to use’ preparation might take a little more effort compared to DIY paper masks and pre-mixed formulations, but this ensure optimal shelf life of the active ingredient to realise the full potential of its skin changing benefits. After 10 minutes, your skin is instantly refreshed, looking bright and dewy as if you’d just clocked a full 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep!
Available from www.sloaneshop.com