Green Tea & Skin
How many times has someone told you green tea is good for you or tried to convince you to switch from your morning Caffe Misto Grande to a piping hot cup of Genmaicha? If you're a cancer survivor like me, my guess is you've heard it more times than you can count. So, what's the big deal with the green stuff?
Green tea has high levels of catechins (a subtype of polyphenols) and catechins help fight damage caused by free radicals. To keep it short and sweet, free radicals are bad. There are multiple reasons free radicals form in our skin, but the most common reason is due to UV radiation (surprise, surprise). A day at the beach and your skin is free radical central!
Many green tea studies have been done over the years, looking at green tea taken orally as well as topically, and they all seem to say the same thing, green tea is GOOD. It may not be a miracle drink, but it's the closest thing we've got. As a beverage, it has no calories and is loaded with antioxidants. Drinking 3-10 cups per day of this catechin rich drink has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects on the skin and has been proven to give you added protection against skin cancer. As a cream, it has anti-bacterial properties and no side-effects.
I still drink my morning coffee, but by afternoon it's all about the green! (Try Genamicha loose green tea, with its roasted brown rice. It tastes like liquid popcorn! Or for a cold tea to replace your afternoon soda, try Trader Joe's Unsweetened Green Tea.)