A new way to use tea to help your skin

March 20, 2015
Volume 3    |   Issue 12

If you regularly enjoy a cup of tea, whether it's black, green, or white, you're hydrating your body while also benefitting it with the antioxidants found in tea leaves. Drinking tea is a great habit. And while drinking tea can benefit your skin from the inside out, new research is showing that tea also can benefit your skin from the outside in!

Tea extract can be a powerful ingredient in skincare products because of its antioxidant properties. A recent study, published in Toxicological Research, investigated the effects of tea extracts on wrinkles.

For this study, the researchers used green, white, and black tea extracts. They subjected hairless mice to UVB photoaging, and then treated them with the extract. They found that the tea extract significantly inhibited wrinkle formation in the mice. Not only that, the mice had more collagen and elastic fiber content, both hallmarks of skin restoration. Plus, they had a lower expression of MMP-3, which is an enzyme that degrades collagen. The researchers believe that the tea extract's effects on the mice reveal that it has great promise for human use.

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Another study, published in the Journal of Veterinary Science, found that these extracts can help prevent melanin accumulation. In fact, they worked even better than some commonly used depigmenting ingredients. This suggests that tea extracts may be of use in treating issues that involve excess pigmentation, such as melasma or dark spots.

If you like drinking tea, keep it up! But you may also want to consider including tea extract in your beauty routine. I've been so impressed with tea extract's results that I've included a remarkably premium quality white tea leaf (Camellia sinensis) extract in the Système 41 Eye Serum, the Gentle Purifying Cleanser, and the Day Crème. The Moisturizing Hand and Body Crème includes green tea extract. Give them a try to see the hydrating, healing, and luxurious effects tea can have from the outside. You can find all of them at the Système 41 website.

To your health, naturally,







Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25643794

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25584148

http://www.dermadoctor.com/blog/why-is-white-tea-extract-beneficial-for-your-skin/