Green Tea Benefits for Skin

by Mary Gray ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Guzzling green tea has long been a habit of the health-conscious. But studies show that the miracle beverage may have even more unexpected benefits. Beyond lowering your blood pressure, fighting against allergies and generally boosting your immune system, green tea can lessen your risk of skin cancer and leave leave you with glowing skin.

Skin Specifics

Green tea is well known for its cancer-fighting elements. The natural antioxidants found in green tea, called Polyphenols, help block the development of skin-cancer cells. Its breakout-busting properties have also been documented. Beauty magazine "Allure" reported that in a pool of 35 people suffering from chronic breakouts, acne decreased by 80 to 90 percent over eight weeks with daily application of a cream containing ECGG, an antioxidant from green tea. Simply applying green tea bags to the face is not likely to help because the amount of ECGG is too low, but cosmetic products with at least a one-percent concentration of ECGG are likely to boast the same benefits. In addition to zapping zits and squashing skin-cancer risks, green tea can also soothe irritated skin and is a common ingredient in dark under-eye circle correction creams.

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About the Author

A pop culture junkie, Italophile and chronic sufferer of the travel bug, Mary Gray is an arts, entertainment and travel writer. Based in Florence, Italy, she is the Tuscany news editor of "The Florentine" English newspaper, co-manages social media for an international tour operator, and has been published in Italian daily "La Repubblica."