As a beverage, the green tea is a very popular health and beauty ally, the second most consumed drink after water in the world. Its panoply ofantioxidants and its multiple benefits have attracted the curiosity of the laboratories of major skincare brands who have incorporated it into their formulas.
What are the benefits of green tea for our skin?
Maestro of purification
“Its high content of tannins with astringent virtues, allows green tea to absorb excess sebum, toxins, pollution residues, in short it cleanses the skin texture, tightens dilated pores. After its passage, the dermis is clarified, the complexion gains in radiance “, explains Lucile Battail, founder of Laboté, natural cosmetics.
“In addition to detoxifying the skin, ultra-concentrated in polyphenols including catechin, it neutralizes free radicalsresponsible for skin agingpremature “, adds the pharmacist. Its molecules boost the production of collagen, make it possible to preserve the elasticity of the skin, with delayed dermis relaxation.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it comforts the epidermis of sensitive skin. As a bonus, its amino acids optimize the regeneration of the skin barrier.
“Green tea stimulates the mechanism of lipolysis which optimizes the fat removal“, indicates Lucile Battail. In addition, while its tannins boost skin tone, its caffeine content offers a draining action.
Green tea: for what type of skin?
Green tea has the advantage of serving all skin types, with at the top of the list, oily skin for its sebum-regulating effect.
Sensitive skin appreciates it for its soothing action. Very effective for cleaning, it is ideal as a lotion for the radiance of the complexion, whether the skin is normal, combination or prone to dryness since it does not dry out.
Which green tea to choose to detoxify your skin?
It’s hard not to lose your head in the face of the abundance of varieties of green teas. In order to put all the chances on his side, we bet on matcha tea, 137 times richer in antioxidants than other teas. We choose it organic to avoid the presence of pesticides.
“But be careful, it is important to understand its composition, we ensure the concentration of active ingredients, the presence of titrated extracts guarantees that the green tea is well concentrated, a guarantee of effectiveness!”, Affirms Lucille Bataill.
Three DIY recipes based on green tea to detoxify our skin
Green tea lotion
- 75 ml of distilled water
- 1 bag of green tea
- 20 ml of vodka
- 5 ml of vegetable glycerin
- 3 drops of grapefruit seed extract
- In a saucepan, pour distilled water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and slip the tea bag in to infuse it.
- The infusion is allowed to cool and is poured into a clean bottle fitted with a hermetic cap.
- Add vodka, vegetable glycerin, grapefruit seed extract. The bottle is closed and shaken vigorously to mix the preparation well.
- We let the lotion stand for 3 hours before using it. We impregnate a cotton ball with the lotion which we massage delicately on the whole face.
This recipe is taken from the book Making natural cosmetics is easy! Cyrille Saura-Zellweger, Éd. Youth. € 8.70.
Advice from Lucile Battail, pharmacist
“Red alert on the preparation of this lotion, it is imperative not to let it rest too long before using it! This step would risk leaving room for a potential development of bacteria. It is preferable to incorporate all the elements in boiling water to limit the risk of contamination, place it in the fridge to cool and use it within 3 hours maximum.
It is a good option for skin exposed to pollution as a protective barrier. It will also delight skins with an oily tendency and / or lack of radiance. Use in the morning as a tonic to wake up the complexion and in the evening to finish off make-up removal and cleansing. ”
Matcha tea antioxidant mask
- 1 C. teaspoon matcha tea
- 1 C. tablespoons of white clay
- 2 tbsp. rose hydrosol
- In a bowl, we pour the matcha tea then the white clay and mix. Add the rose hydrosol and mix until a smooth cream is obtained.
- With a brush, we apply the mask on the face, clean and dry skin. Leave on for 10 min, then rinse with water.
This recipe is taken from the book Super Easy Natural Cosmetics, Emilie Hebert. Ed. Mango Green. € 12.95.
Advice from Lucile Battail
“This mask is very interesting for its three actions: anti-shine by its green tea content, anti-redness by its contribution of white clay and anti-aging by rose hydrosol. It helps to rescue a very common type of skin that suffers from its three problems.
During the preparation, it is necessary to exclude the use of metal utensils which would render the white clay inactive. We choose a well concentrated rose hydrolate, undiluted in distilled water to ensure its effectiveness. Use in the morning once or twice a week. ”
Antioxidant Cucumber Serum
- 1 C. organic green tea
- 100 ml of water
- 100 g of cucumber
- 4 tbsp. aloe vera gel
- 1 C. tablespoons of organic coconut oil
- 2 tbsp. tablespoon of honey
- The green tea is infused in 100 ml of water brought to a boil. Let cool and filter the infusion.
- In a blender, pour the tea infusion, organic coconut oil, honey, aloe vera gel, and place the diced cucumber.
- The mixture is mixed and transferred to an airtight flask.
- Apply the serum to the face, on dry and clean skin. For a decongestant anti-dark circles treatment, cut a cotton disc into two half-moons. They are impregnated with serum and placed under the eyes. Leave on for 15 min, remove the cottonseed cream residue and rinse with cool water.
This recipe is taken from the Healthy & Beautiful book, Zoé Armsbruster. Ed. First, € 9.90.
Advice from Lucile Battail
“This serum is recommended for dry and / or dehydrated skin. The mix of coconut oil and honey moisturizes and nourishes in depth, the cucumber provides a soothing boost.
It is applied to the entire face, morning and evening. On the other hand, it is better toavoid the eye area, the application of too fatty substance on this area could have a counter-effect, causing bags under the eyes. In addition, the dose of caffeine contained in green tea is not enough to offer a real draining treatment. ”