For centuries, coffee has been the staple of morning routines but recently, tea has claimed the title of most widely consumed beverage—second only to water.1 Across the globe people are ditching their coffee mugs and reaching for a cup of green tea to achieve some incredible health benefits. Among those benefits—beautiful, healthy-looking skin.
There are 3 types of tea—green tea, black tea, and oolong tea. Of the 3 types, studies indicate that green tea has the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols.1
Polyphenols, such as those found in green tea, work to neutralize free radicals in the body that contribute to the aging process and a number of other health concerns.1 Green tea may be used to help combat the effects commonly seen in people with sensitive skin conditions, such as rosacea.2
Rosacea is a common sensitive skin condition evident through facial flushing, pimples, and broken blood vessels. The anti-inflammatory properties found in green tea may complement a skin care treatment such as the Obagi Rosaclear® System. Anti-inflammatory products such as green tea are known to not cause irritation, and may be effective in reducing redness, facial flushing, and inflammation in rosacea patients.2
Now that’s enough to make coffee green with envy! Of course, it’s important to remember that to maximize the benefits of green tea consumption in addition to your current skin care regimen, it’s recommended to consume 2 to 3 cups of standardized green tea extract per day. If you’re a coffee drinker, green tea is a great alternative. Once you make the switch, you may begin to notice improvements in the appearance of your complexion and you won’t even have to give up the caffeine.
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1. Ehrlich SD. Green tea. University of Maryland Medical Center Web site.
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/green-tea-000255.htm. Reviewed October 14, 2011. Accessed October 30, 2012.
2. Sensitive skin. American Academy of Dermatology Web site.
http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/s.... Accessed October 31, 2012.