2018 was the year of groundbreaking ingredients and in 2019; there is only more to come.
Hyaluronic acid came back with a vengeance to help save dry, dehydrated skin and is now one of the main ingredients we see on our products every day. Retinol closely followed and was quickly dubbed the miracle ingredient to help minimise the signs of ageing but retinol was also first debuted as a wonder ingredient to dramatically reduce acne scarring. Now it’s time to meet the new it-ingredient; green tea.
Known as the healthiest drink on the planet, green tea, also known as cameillia sinesis, has all the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties to help fight acne, rebuild collagen and repair cells, particularly from sun damage. Here’s why you shouldn’t think twice about involving the ingredient in your routine:
Whether you’re drinking it, eating it or applying it to your skin, green tea serves as a powerful antioxidant, molecules that help fight damage from free radicals. Free radicals are molecules from the environment (air pollutants, chemicals and cigarette smoke) that damage your skin by clinging to your collagen and weakening elasticity. Antioxidants neutralise those free radicals to protect your skin from damage, which plays a huge part in the ageing process. But that’s not all, antioxidants also help improve rosacea, prevent dermatitis and manages pigmentation.
Anti-ageing & Anti-acne benefits
Due to the high concentration of polyphenols in green tea (phytochemicals that prevent oxidant damage), topical application of the ingredient also possess anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that slow or completely prevent the ageing process and reduce the P.acnes (propionbacterium acnes) bacteria on the surface of the skin, resulting in a decrease in excess sebum, reduced inflammation and soothed complexions.
Miracle ingredient for puffy eyes
For tired, puffy eyes – or as a savior for inflamed, puffy skin from the night before – green tea is the next best thing with its anti-inflammatory properties. Infused with vitamin K, antioxidants and tannins within green tea, it helps get to work by reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness in the eye area (what late night?).
Green tea infused beauty
For the latest green tea infused beauty products, have a look below:
Image’s Bio-Peptide Crème is the perfect overnight restoring product that provides the skin with antioxidants and anti-ageing properties to regenerate unbalanced skin. Pair with the Balancing Antioxidant Serum for restoring hydration.
Transform your skin with a double cleanse of the Smoothing Cleanser formulated to replenish and hydrate a lackluster complexion whilst maintaining overall skin health. Teamed with the Bamboo Face Cloth this takes cleansing to a whole new level of self-indulgence.
If you’re looking at green tea as your next hero ingredient for troubled skin, then this is the one for you. Scientifically proven to reduce redness and scarring, this rescue treatment is developed, by founders Dr. Ardeshir Bayat and Mr Douglas McGeorge MBE, to tackle spots, blemishes and acne scarring and redness caused by spot breakouts.
Made with 100% konnyaku root and enriched with gentle natural ingredients, this benecos konjac sponge will be your go-to beauty tool for achieving a clear and radiant complexion with daily use. It will also soothe irritation, whilst hydrating the skin.
Reap the benefits of green tea with this 18-in-1 natural soap that is a favourite with the likes of Kate Hudson, Lady Gaga, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore and Bobbi Brown commenting ‘’It’s probably the finest soap in the universe. I’m obsessed with it. I cannot get enough of it!’’
Best used with a cloth, towel, loofah or sponge you can use it to clean your body, mouth & teeth, your fruits & vegetables, your bathroom and kitchen, your clothes and make-up brushes and even your pets – this formula can be used for literally anything!
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Text: Laura Ward
Images: Dr. Bronners, Benecos, Science of skin, Tropic, Ormedic, Up and coming health