You’ve probably born witness to the fact that green tea is all around us. Available as an added ingredient in health drinks, as a health supplement, as an ingredient in Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Moisturizer (non-comedogenic), not to mention plenty of other forms that you can imagine.
Have you ever just taken a moment to ask yourself; “Why in the heck is there so much out there?” or my personal favourite; “What’s with all the hype?”
According to people who are much smarter than me, the ingredients in green tea, including cell-protecting polyphenols (I will explain), provide your skin with nutrition.
These polyphenols can help reduce inflammation while providing antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects.
In a review of evidence published in the “Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry,” green tea was shown to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and other cancers.
Bella Terra’s Moisturizer has something to fight cancer?
Yup! Green tea helps your body fight skin cancer. A 2006 review of evidence in the “Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry” found that green tea’s antioxidant EGCG protects your skin from ultraviolet radiation and prevents tumors from forming.
- Skin cancer is typically caused when UV light goes all the way through the epidermis.
- The DNA in chromosomes becomes damaged, and mutates uncontrollably causing little clumps.
Green tea boosts the production of chemical interleukin-12, which repairs DNA, according to a 2007 study published in “Cancer Research.”
Q: What does EGCG stand for?
A: No idea. BUT
Did you know: The antioxidants in green tea may also help your skin fight carcinogens, according to a study in the “Archives of Dermatology?” According to them supplementing skin-care products with green tea might benefit people with skin disorders. By making something like a Green Tea Toner you can really help your skins cells regenerate better, more healthily, and faster…
You Mentioned Polyphenols; Are They Only in Green Tea?
Green tea is made from the unfermented leaves of the plant Camellia Sinesis.
I have often wondered to myself why they don’t just call it “Camellia Tea”, that just seems so much more appropriate, and don’t even get me started on how feminine, and sophisticated it sounds…
To answer your question, Green tea contains a higher concentration of polyphenols,–which is a type of powerful antioxidant,–than any other known source.
Polyphenols fight free radicals. In addition to antioxidants, green tea contains caffeine and two other alkaloids that stimulate your body — theobomine and theophylline.
The tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine.
I’m not letting this EGCG thing go! What does it do?
That’s just fine with me.
So basically, when the Medical College of Georgia (USA) conducted a study in 2003, they proved that green tea rejuvenates old skin cells!
Here’s the thing: In certain concentrations, EGCG stimulates keratinocytes–which are aged cells that form a barrier against environmental damage–to produce biological energy and synthesize (make use of) DNA, for the division, and renewal of cells.
Ergo Science: 1, Skin Cancer: 0
Products that use Green tea extract are able to completely reverse the aging process at the cellular level, so if you start using the Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics Moisturizer you can probably prevent your skin cells from deteriorating any further…
Remember it is easier to prevent than to fight against the aging effect. Used regularly, skin products containing green tea increases the elasticity of the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
But how did you get to this “Anti-carcinogenic conclusion?”
Multiple findings including the ones that I have already mentioned suggest that green tea has anti-carcinogenic effects. Studies in mice have found that green tea inhibits the growth of tumors, and this may work in humans, too. As far as skin goes, much research suggests that using a topical treatment with green tea extracts before sun exposure disrupts a mechanism that can lead to skin cancer.
In fact, sunscreens containing green tea have been shown to help reduce redness that occurs after sun exposure.
I am just going to state my opinion here, but come on; there is heaps of evidence showing that green tea has a protective effect on skin!
If I have Acne will Bella Terra’s Moisturizer make it worse?
As I have already mentioned before, Bella Terra’s Moisturizer is non-comedogenic, and that means that it won’t clog your pores, which is the final cause of a break-out.
If you think that it’s no big deal, think again! Acne is a skin disease that affects many people under the age of forty, so just because you’re in your thirties, doesn’t suddenly make you immune to it!
Friends of mine, and I sometimes joke about the fact that soon we’ll be using wrinkle creams, and acne creams at the same time!
After a couple of uses, green tea will make your pores even smaller, and leave your skin a lot smoother. I personally have really large pores from all those years of mistreating my skin–I was a sporty teenager!
In addition to the beneficial properties that I have already listed above, the catechins in green tea are anti-bacterial, and they also regulate hormonal activity.
Green tea regulates hormonal activity? That’s a first!
I couldn’t make it up, it’s too wonderful!
Yes. According to a 2003 study; Green tea cream is as good as any cream that contains benzoyl peroxide, but without any side effects.
So if you really dislike the high acidity of benzoyl peroxide (oxides are known to starve acne of the oxygen that it requires to go forth, multiply, and colonize your face), you can supplement creams that are based on that ingredient, for something milder like Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Moisturizer, after your cleansing routine.
Did you know: A University of Miami study showed that applying a two percent Green tea lotion twice a day for six weeks reduced the number of acne lesions in subjects by more than 58 percent.
Why does it matter that Bella Terra’s Moisturizer has Green Tea Extract?
Traditionally, many types of make-up, lotions, creams and beauty preparations have used chemical antioxidants, or vitamins A, C and E as preservatives for their products. Now, with research indicating that green tea has even more antioxidant properties than these powerful vitamins, Bella Terra wanted to take the more natural route in healthy skin.
Don’t you just feel better knowing that there’s a company that puts nature above synthetics?
Will Bella Terra’s Moisturizer contra-act my whitening acid?
As a matter of fact; Green tea acts complementary your whitening cream. This glorious ingredient will not only protect your skin, and rejuvenate your cells, creating a protective barrier against ultraviolet radiation (which we know is the cause of activating our melanin), but as part of a long-term whitening regiment, the extract can whiten and soften the skin, as well as rejuvenate it as well…
What about wrinkles, and other signs of aging? Can green tea help?
By now, you and I are aware of green tea’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, it has been found that polyphenols are likely to slow down the development of some signs of aging.
In a 2005 study, forty women with moderate photoaging (aging caused by the sun) were randomized to either a combination regimen of 10% green tea cream and 300 mg twice-daily green tea oral supplementation or a placebo regimen for 8 weeks.
Histologic grading of skin biopsies showed significant improvement in the elastic tissue content of treated specimens.
What does that all mean?
There is preliminary evidence that shows that green tea may inhibit matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), the enzymes whose excessive activity contributes to age-related degradation of the skin matrix.
In a 2009 in vitro (test tube) study, green tea extract was shown to inhibit two key subtypes of MMP, collagenase and elastase.
I am not trying to plug products, or make you think like me. If you want to give Bella Terra Mineral Cosmetics’ Moisturizer a go, and then good! It means someone out there is as curious as I was.
If you are not yet ready, but would like to test the abilities of green tea, head over to your kitchen cupboard, brew yourself a cuppa, have a drink, and then go cleanse your skin.
After cleansing, apply the green tea on your face with the teabags, as a toner.
Continue with the rest of your Beauty Basics steps, and repeat this for about 3 months. I guarantee that you’ll start to see an improvement.
Whether what you seek is on the inside, or outside, just remember;
That B word is actually for Beauty!
If you have any questions about products, or simple skin issues, send an email to:
And I will get back to you in a reply, or turn your question into a post!
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