Can’t get enough
It seems like the world’s caught green tea-fever. It’s been around for over 5000 years but has only recently exploded in popularity in the Western world.
The fable goes that green tea was born when a stray leaf tumbled down into an emperor’s tea cup. One of the very first tributes to this magical beverage was the eleventh century book Kissa Yohjoh Ki ‘Maintaining Health by Drinking Tea’ which, amongst many things, named it an excellent hangover cure. Today, it is widely touted that the health and beauty benefits of green tea are incredible, whether ingested or applied topically as an extract. Out of all the tea variations, green tea undergoes the least amount of processing. Simply put, it is tea in its most natural form. It is highly rich in polyphenols: anti-oxidants that lend green tea its bitter astringency. Of these, the majority are what are called catechins. The most abundant and important catechin is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (what a mouthful!) - strong anti-oxidants which we can thank for most of the beverage’s fantastic health benefits.
A cup a day?
Drinking a cup of steamy green goodness a day is, amongst many other things, purported to be able to:
- boost the immune system
- lower blood pressure
- reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer
- Improve metabolism
Green tea and the skin
It’s little wonder then that green tea extract makes a special appearance in modern skincare and beauty products. Youthphoria’s Revitex Facial Cleanser and AHA Exfoliating Face Scrub both contain green tea extract, nestled in a slew of other naturally derived ingredients like jojoba and witch hazel. The anti-oxidants present in green tea extract work on our skin by scavenging free radicals produced at our cell membranes. This helps counter the very damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays which cause premature wrinkling and pigmentation. The anti-oxidants in green tea are, incredibly, fifty times more powerful than Vitamin E and can work towards maintaining the skin’s collagen and keeping it supple and elastic. It may also offer anti-inflammation benefits.
What’s there to say no to? The world can’t get enough of green tea and neither can we.