Inlight organic skincare products have been perfected through 30 years of meticulous research by founder and skin guru, Dr Mariano Spiezia, MD. So when we wanted to learn more about the ingredient of the moment, Green Tea, we knew exactly who to reach out to.
The last few years have seen a huge shift in consumer habits and interest. Products like superfoods and natural ingredients in both food and cosmetics have come centre stage which is great news. More and more people are becoming aware of what they are putting in their bodies and on their skin, starting a growing eco-conscious movement. But what about superfoods which can be used in both food and cosmetics? Let’s take a look at a popular ingredient.
The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, is native to China (since the 10th century BC) and South East Asia, and has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat all sorts of issues, from headaches to depression.
Records show that green tea has been used in South East China for over 3,000 years in both beverages and cooking, but it was only in the 16th century that tea reached the West as explorers visited Asia.
There are numerous varieties of green tea, and they differ based on the growing conditions, the process of production, and the time of harvest. Green tea is simply the non-fermented tea plant.
A Real Superfood
Green tea can be classed as a superfood as it contains more than 700 chemicals, among which are:
- Amino acids
- Vitamins C, E and K
These all have powerful antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-radiation properties and thanks to its tannin content is also cooling and astringent. Drinking green tea has been known to help protect brain cells from free radical damage, promote bone health and lower blood pressure to name a few of its extraordinary benefits.
The Wow-Factor For Your Skin
The ‘wow’ factor of green tea lies in its content of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), one of the most powerful anti-oxidants which studies have shown can reactivate dying skin cells. When it comes to skin health, drinking green tea has been found to delay ageing, protect the skin from UV rays, improve skin tone, and help reduce acne.
Choosing skincare with green tea amongst the ingredients is another way to support your skin’s health. The astringent properties in green tea act as a toner, helping to draw out impurities, giving your skin a healthy glow. It even helps keep your skin hydrated, which is essential for healthy skin and can help to shrink blood vessels, which in turn can reduce swelling and puffiness, great for the eye area. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory property of green tea helps reduce the redness and inflammation brought about by acne.
Did You Know?
In Japan, it is believed that powdered green tea, matcha, affects our bodies not only physically, but also spiritually. Inlight Beauty’s dual action Face Cleanser contains organic green tea as a star ingredient, supporting the product’s deep cleansing and detox action and helping to hydrate and calm the skin leaving it free from impurities, glowing and nourished. Just one more of nature’s wonders!