Chances are at some point in the day, we treat ourselves to a comforting sip of tea, especially when the weather outside is cold. Green tea seems to be a popular drink of choice but what exactly is it that makes this ingredient so stellar? Polyphenols.
Green tea, harvested from the Camellia sinensis plant, contains polyphenols which are antioxidants that protect the body from oxidative damage. Specifically, the polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) naturally found in green tea, is what makes green tea extremely effective as an antioxidant and also an anti-inflammatory. Research has shown that green tea polyphenols are potent suppressors of carcinogenic activity from UV radiation. As a result, it protects skin from UV-induced damage such as sunburns and photoaging.
As a topical ingredient in skincare, green tea is ideal for common skin concerns. In acne and other inflammatory conditions, it can be used as an anti-inflammatory; in aging, it provides excellent antioxidant properties against sun damage.
So what about white tea? The same benefits from green tea apply, except white tea is said to have a higher concentration of polyphenols.