One of the more interesting uses for green tea is to battle skin problems. The Chinese have been drinking green tea for thousands of years, so much so it’s become known under the alternative name Chinese tea. Its only natural those using it for such an epic period of time should be aware of all of its herbal properties and the things it’s good for. While science conducts lots of research to catch up on ancient knowledge, we can make the most of any potential benefits in the meantime.
The main compound k thought to be responsible for this is a polyphenol known as EGCG. This appears to reactivate dying skin cells on the outer layer, known as the epidermis. Though the effects are limited to this layer it’s still an very profound effect that not only holds the promise of more youthful skin but also may help in healing scars and of course helping the skin recover from acne.
Among the components of green tea that are especially good for battling the bacteria and microorganisms responsible for acne, are anti-oxidants, EGCG, and tannic acid. These all work together killing the micro-organisms while the tannic acid brings down swelling, and the EGCG stimulates the skin cells causing a rejuvenating effect.
The easiest way to take it to help with acne is to replace one of your cups of normal tea every day with the green variety instead. Remember when making green tea that it needs to be made at cooler temperature than western varieties of tea.
An alternative to drinking it is to dab it on the face either by dipping the tea on cotton wool or a cloth, or by holding the teabag against the skin once it has cooled sufficiently. Holding this to the skin until ten minutes have passed and the tea has dried sufficiently will give all the good compounds a chance to be absorbed into the skin.
The third alternative is of course to concoct, or buy, a facial mask that uses green tea as one of the main ingredients. To make one is easy, just boil green tea as usual then leave it until it’s cooled. While that’s close to being ready, break an egg in a bowl and extract the yolk to leave the egg white. Mix the boiled tea with the egg white until it has the desired constancy. Practice is the key to good results. A couple of tries and getting it right should begin to come naturally.
Having been around for such a long time, it’s only natural that all the different ways of harnessing the properties of green tea have come about. Putting them to good use means getting a hold of a remedy that is far more natural than many of the natural remedies out there, yet at much lower costs.