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Green Tea Benefits for Skin

Updated on August 13, 2012

Green Tea Benefits for Skin

Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and if you are interested in beautiful skin, you simply cannot ignore the green tea benefits for skin. This type of tea is a light green drink that originated from China and derived by boiling green tea leaves in distilled water.

Numerous researchers have, in the past decade, discovered the many green tea benefits for skin. Green tea contains as many as 200 bioactive compounds - most important of these are chemical compounds called polyphenols, which contain flavonoids. Flavonoids are a vital class of anti-oxidants, and this is the major reason for the many green tea benefits for skin.

Green tea also contains Vitamin B and Vitamin C. An adequate amount of Vitamin B, especially B12 is key for skin regeneration. Vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen, a protein which enhances the firmness of skin and helps your skin repair itself.

Green tea benefits for skin
Green tea benefits for skin

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Green tea guards against various skin problems, including;

1. Anti-aging. Green tea benefits for skin have long been treasured as an anti-aging secret in Asia, where most old people look younger than they actually are. As it is rich in anti-oxidants, green tea is a great anti-aging remedy that helps you ward off wrinkles by fighting free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that are formed by exposure to UV radiation from sunlight. These free radicals are dangerous because they damage your healthy cells by stealing electrons from them. The anti-oxidants in green tea also heal damaged cells that may otherwise lead to wrinkles, blemishes, spots and other similar skin ailments.

2. Fights skin cancer. Drinking at least two cups of green tea every day can help avert skin cancer in the long run. A study found that green tea, which contains rich anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties may help heal the pre-cancerous scaly keratosis. Scaly keratosis is a skin ailment that people who are affected by unnecessary and chronic exposure to sun may develop. It also helps treat skin, keeping it immune to serious damages like skin tumors. A study conducted in the UK in 2007 discovered that adding lemon juice to green tea boosts its anti-cancer properties. To obtain green tea benefits for skin, go ahead and add a few drops of lemon juice to your green tea to help your body strengthen its anti-cancer properties and prevent skin cancer.

3. Acne. One of the main green tea benefits for skin is in clearing out acne. Many people have had success in curing their acne with green tea. Green tea contains catechins, which are natural anti-bacterial agents that suppress acne-causing bacteria. As well, the anti-inflammatory action of green tea helps reduce any swelling caused by acne. Green tea helps smooth out your skin, prevent further breakouts and leaves your skin with that radiant glow, which will leave all your friends envious. A simple face mask can be made by mixing organic green tea leaves with honey or milk and applying it gently to your face. Keep for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly. This will flush out the toxins found deep in your skin and leave it feeling softer than ever before.

4. Protection from sun's rays. Green tea is a natural sunscreen that you can use without having to worry about the artificial ingredients that may be in manufactured sunscreens. Most of us are exposed to direct UV rays from the sun during the course of the day. These rays from the sun loosen the skin causing oxidation to take place by stealing free electrons from your healthy skin cells. The free radicals lodge between skin cells and with time weakens the healthy protection system of your skin, which will cause wrinkles from the sun to form on your skin. This is why one of the major green tea benefits for skin is its natural shield that protects your skin from harmful UV rays.

5. Skin disorders: Green tea extract can naturally treat warts, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea among other skin ailments. It nourishes affected skin and heals it from within. You can apply green tea extract on the affected parts for gradual relief. Drinking green tea over a long period of time naturally heals the severe sunburn damages caused to the skin by prolonged exposure to the sun's dangerous UV rays.

Green Tea Benefits for Skin - How to: Green Tea Facial Scrub

Where to get green tea?

You can get green tea from your nearest supermarket. No need to look for expensive fancy brands, just pick a simple genuine green tea brand that shouldn't cost you too much. Make sure you don't buy de-caffeinated green tea as most of the beneficial anti-oxidants may have been stripped off.

Perhaps you're not a fan of the slightly bitter taste of green tea. Well, you can't let that stop you from enjoying the green tea benefits for skin. You can always mix 2 teaspoons of honey to your simmering cup of tea and enjoy the sweetened taste. Otherwise, the taste of green tea is not at all off-putting; in fact it is quite mild.

Enjoy the many green tea benefits for skin by having green tea in the morning while it's hot and watch your skin gradually become radiant and glowing.


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    • MaharshiRudra profile image

      Maharshi Rudra 

      6 years ago from India

      very Interesting.

    • Riviera Rose profile image

      Riviera Rose 

      8 years ago from South of France

      How interesting - I drink loads of green tea, about three large mugs each afternoon. Very happy to learn I've been doing myself such good!

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      Tim Nichol 

      9 years ago from Me to You

      Very informative article on green tea, Rehana. I also have 2 cups of green tea each day. I don't like it really strong, so I use 1 bag in a teapot with 2 cups of less than boiling water, and let it brew for about 10 minutes. I save the other cup (refrigerated, and reheated) for later in the day.

      One thing I've been adding to the green tea, for the last few months, is freshly grated ginger root (1 tsp per cup). Not only is it delicious, it helps with digestion.

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      9 years ago

      @Maryhoneybee, thanks for the comment!

      @Annaglomesh, thanks for visiting! I drink at least 2 cups of green tea a day. I've completely replaced tea and coffee with green tea and it makes me feel great. Try out mint-flavored green tea, it's sensational!

      @Thank you, Sasha. Green tea with lemon is a popular flavor and offers the benefits of green tea as well as lemon. But to get the full benefits of lemon, take lemon juice/lemonade. Vitamin C is great for the skin, along with Vitamin E, so just increase your intake of foods containing these two vitamins. Take plenty of dechlorinated water too, that should help keep your skin look more hydrated and less leathery.

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      9 years ago


      I've read your article on the benefits of green tea and I think it's wonderful! I love drinking green tea in the morning.

      Recently I've started drinking Lemin flavoured green tea, and I was wondering what are the benefits from the lemon flavour? I'm looking for something that will heal my skin as on my face it's like leather skin with a few marks, I love the taste of the lemon flavoured green tea but wanted to know how and what else would be great for my skin?

    • annaglomesh profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Great Hub..I drink one cup a day but will up to two. I have been putting on my face for a while. I love it!

    • maryhoneybee profile image


      9 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      I was oblivious to most of these benefits of green tea. I suppose I was always focused more on its metabolism-boosting ability, haha. Very informative article. So glad I came across it. Thanks!

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      9 years ago

      Hello Arusho! Welcome to the hub above and thank you very much for adding your insights! Cranberry green tea does sound interesting and since cranberries are nutritious and have numerous benefits, I'm not surprised that they help prevent acne as well. Green tea really is very helpful, I'm having mine right now! Hope to be hearing from you again soon.

    • arusho profile image


      9 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      I have been drinking almost every day for the last 4 months. My favorite one is Cranberry Green Tea, I had no idea it was so helpful for acne. I am a former serious acne sufferer, I took Accutane in college, but I still get some acne today. I will definitely keep drinking my Green Tea, and I do add some sugar too it! Great hub!

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      9 years ago

      Yes, I am branching out, right? Many thanks to people like yourself...I'm thinking of writing more diverse hubs as well - all in due time!

      Extremely glad to hear that your Hollow Earth hub made it to Page 1 of Google! Wow, that is really something great! Well deserved!

      Linking to social networking and sharing sites is important for driving traffic to you hubs, but I rarely do it. I've only linked 2 of my hubs on Stumble and I have about 10 visitors from there collectively.

    • somethgblue profile image


      9 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Well that certainly narrows down the location and is a good thing, so when you post a new hub, how many different sites do you link it too?

      So far and I have only been doing this lately I post a link on FB, Imparte, sometimes I go to Yahoo news related articles and now more recently Reddit and StumblUpon.

      Also my Hub on Hollow Earth made it to page one of Google which really helped. But I think that had more to do with how I edited it.

      It is really good to see you branch out and look forward to reading more articles like this, although I would still like to read one about the local culture you live in, I think that would be really cool.

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      9 years ago

      Hahahaha...You have me laughing to the point of tears here! Good thing I identify with your kind of humor. Weird is always better than normal for me! Where I live, there aren't any nuclear plants for miles around and I never realized how grateful I am for that. In fact, there is only one nuclear power station on this entire continent.

    • somethgblue profile image


      9 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      But I do, 'cause it is my own and I'm partial to it!

      I never knew Green Tea had so many benefits, however I drink it cause I like the taste, of course I drink it cold not hot cause I'm weird and weird works for me.

      I have noticed that I'm radiant and glowing and thought it was due to living near a nuclear power plant, but it must be the green tea.

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      9 years ago

      Hi Somethgblue, welcome to the article above and thank you for your humorous addition to the hub!

      What would I recommend if I like crusty, hairy skin? I don't like crusty, hairy skin - but that's just me.

    • somethgblue profile image


      9 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      What would you recommend if you like crusty, hairy skin?

      Sorry I just had to ask, although I drink green tea everyday I never gave my skin much thought.

      Good Hub . . . don't let Nutards like me ruin it for you, I just have a weird sense of humor.

    • Rehana Stormme profile imageAUTHOR

      Rehana Stormme 

      9 years ago

      Thank you fucsia for your prompt comment! Glad to know that you found this article useful! Hope to see you again soon.

    • fucsia profile image


      9 years ago

      Very interesting Hub! I like drink green tea but I did not know that it can be uses in other ways. Thanks for sharing that informations and the video.


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