The obsession with matcha has resulted in a number of beauty brands launching green tea skin care products, but white, black and even fruit teas can be found in many different beauty products. While it may be easy to write off tea-infused skin care as another overhyped wellness trend, using the ingredient actually goes way back. Geisha have long used green tea as part of their skin care routines thanks to its skin-perfecting benefits. And unlike some trendy skin care ingredients, there is a lot of research backing up the claims of black, green and white tea’s skin-soothing properties, according to medical esthetician Jordana Mattioli.
And it’s time the rest of us realized tea’s full potential. Board certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Karyn Grossman says tea can help protect skin from UV-induced damage and help prevent fine lines, pigmentation and sagging. She adds that polyphenols in tea also fight inflammation, soothe skin and treat acne. (Ready to slather a tea bag over your face yet?)
When it comes to the specific types of teas, Mattioli adds that green and white tea are particularly well-known for being rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), one of the most powerful antioxidants that targets free radical damage and has anti-inflammatory properties that can improve sun damage. Furthermore, both teas have antibacterial properties and are naturally astringent, which make them effective in treating acne and managing excess oil.
Black tea contains a high concentration of caffeine, which makes it an effective ingredient for reducing puffiness and fluid retention. Because of this, it’s often found in eye creams. It’s such a hero ingredient that Fresh even has a whole Black Tea range.
Even the biggest coffee drinkers will come around to the benefits of tea for skin when they try these tea-infused skin care products.