Shannon R., SELF magazine
You probably know that a green tea fix is awesome for your body (green tea is packed with antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals). But--news flash!--putting green tea on your skin is beneficial, too!
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Green tea is made from unfermented tea leaves and contains a very high concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols. Remember how I said that these antioxidants help protect the body from those nasty free radicals? Well, the antioxidants protect your skin in a similar way. There has been some research suggesting that when green tea extract is applied directly to skin it reduces sunburn.
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Obviously don't replace your sunscreen with green tea. But the evidence suggests that antioxidant skin care products may enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen. We all know the dangers of sun exposure so the idea that antioxidants can help your sunscreen work better is great news! Green tea polyphenols function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatories so it makes sense that it's such a superstar skin care ingredient!
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Green tea has great health benefits whether you drink it or apply it to your skin. And using it along with an SPF 30 helps to punch up your protection!