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Ingredients Truth: Anti-Aging Benefits of Green Tea

by kelly / July, 19 2017 01:30

Green tea in a cup and jar on a wood table

Iced green tea is one of my go-to drinks when I’m in the mood to be refreshed and energized on a hot day. So of course I was happy to make it a key ingredient in our suncare products. Not only does green tea rejuvenate me – it has some powerful benefits for the skin. Here’s just a tidbit from Truth in Aging on green tea:

“…there's very little doubt surrounding the preventative anti-aging benefits of green tea, particularly when it is used in conjunction with sunscreen ingredients.”

Rich in Antioxidants

Green tea or Camellia Sinensis (it’s official scientific name listed on product labels) contains EGCG polyphenols, which are compounds that offer antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties.

In fact numerous studies highlighted in Truth in Aging, one by the American Association for Cancer Research and the other by Preventative Medicine demonstrated the benefits of drinking green tea as it relates to preventing the formation of cancerous tumors. That’s why I try and drink at least one cup of green tea a week!

Reduces UV Inflammation

Green tea is also anti-inflammatory. A 2003 study in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry showed that green tea worked to reduce UV induced inflammation. According to Truth in Aging based on a 2005 study in Journal of Dermatological Science:

“EGCG indirectly acts as a sun-protecting ingredient by quenching the body's UV induced free radicals, in turn preventing the breakdown of collagen and reducing the skin's UV damage”

Moisturizes Skin

A final bonus of green tea is its ability to reduce skin roughness. A 2013 study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health showed that the topical application of green tea increased skin moisture and improved skin microrelief. You can’t beat silky smooth skin.

Block Island Organics & Green Tea

As you can see we love this powerhouse ingredient and made it a featured ingredient in our two sunscreen products – our Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 and Natural Face Moisturizer SPF 30. Nothing is better at preventing skin aging than wearing sunscreen and formulating it with skin pleasing ingredients.

Ingredient Truths

For even more information on our ingredients check out our Ingredient Truths series or our ingredients page.

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