Commonly referred to as green tea extract. Acts as a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging ingredient improving the elastic tissue content of skin.
Camellia sinensis is cultivated in many tropic and sub-tropic regions of the world, but native only to the Indian Subcontinent and East, South and Southeast Asia. Today it is cultivated across the world in tropical and subtropical regions. Camellia Sinensis (Green tea) is produced from the leaf and leaf buds of the evergreen shrub.
It reduces skin’s oxidative stress and increases its enzyme and amino acid activity. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties ensure that it helps slow down the development of some of the visual signs of aging, as well as, improving the elastic tissue content. Green tea also works to reduce UV-induced inflammations.
The EGCG (the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate) found in Green tea indirectly acts as a sun-protecting ingredient by quenching the body’s UV-induced free radicals, and in turn, preventing the breakdown of collagen; thereby, reducing the skin’s UV damage. In fact, Green Tea has been shown to enhance and work synergistically with other UV absorbing ingredients. It’s even proven an extremely effective treatment for reducing the redness and irritation associated with rosacea. The antibacterial properties of green tea support cleansing of the skin to reduce skin blemishes and acne. Its astringent components help to reduce the size of skin pores and tighten the skin.
There’s very little doubt surrounding the preventative anti-aging benefits of Green Tea, particularly when it is used in conjunction with sunscreen ingredients.