White Tea in Skincare and how it Protects your Skin

In a nutshell, white tea extract (also known as Camellia Sinensis) keeps your skin looking younger by protecting it from damage. As the least processed tea, white tea retains more of the plant's natural goodness than do black and green teas; giving rise to white tea extract's incredibly potent antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

White Tea in Skincare and how it Protects your Skin

Health Benefits of Camellia Sinensis

When taking care of the skin, it is important to consider both what you put into your body as well as what products you apply to the skin. An ideal skin care program will target this interaction between inner and outer body processes. Consuming adequate amounts of water and eating a well balanced diet rich with fruits and vegetables is a must and will give a boost to all the cells in your body, including skin cells. Also beneficial is camellia sinensis tea. Consuming 2-3 cups per day on a regular basis may produce visible benefits for your skin.

There is much research on camellia sinensis and how it affects the body. Several of these studies were reviewed. Even then, one reported it to be useful for a variety of human skin disorders. Today we have even more information and many of the beneficial constituents have been identified.

Professor Declan Naughton, from the School of Life Sciences at Kingston University in South West London, carried out tests on the health properties of 21 plant and herb extracts and said the research showed white tea had anti-ageing potential and high levels of anti-oxidants which could prevent cancer and heart disease.

Results showed white tea prevented the activities of the enzymes which breakdown elastin and collagen which can lead to wrinkles that accompany ageing. These enzymes, along with oxidants, are associated with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Professor Naughton said: “These enzymes and oxidants are key components of normal body processes. However, in inflammatory conditions, suppressing the activities of these excess components has been the subject of decades of research. We were surprised to find such high activity for the white tea extracts in all five tests that were conducted.”

Is White Tea as good as Green Tea?

Tea is a drink made from the leave of a plant Camellia Sinensis. Most of the harvested leaves undergo various degree of processing, which changes the chemical composition of the leaves and, among other things, reduces the content of catechins. (Catechins are a subtype of polyphenol anti-oxidants believed to be responsible for some of the tea's health benefits.) The most active catechins here called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, and provide greater antioxidant effects than Vitamin C. A study showed that in conjunction with Vitamin C, the availability of catechins for the body to absorb is increased significantly. Conversely, the catechin antioxidants in camellia sinensis are flavonoids, which help the body body absorb vitamin C, so a synergistic action is in effect here.

The most common and the most processed type of tea is black tea. Green tea is generally not fermented but its leaves are subjected to air drying, leading to some loss of catechins. Still green tea is much richer in catechins than black tea. White tea is the least processed type of tea and has the highest catechin content. It is made of young tea leaves or buds steamed immediately after harvest to inactivate polyphenol oxidase, the enzyme that destroys catechin.

White Tea Skin Benefits

What does this mean for your skin?

Skin cells can be altered by free radicals (unstable molecules), which seek out cells and alter their DNA, causing them to die. These dying cells rise to the surface of the skin and cause the appearance of wrinkling and ageing. Antioxidants slow down the oxidation of cells and re-energise them, thus improving the texture and tone of the skin.

White Tea Skin Benefits

All types of skin can benefit from a regular dose of camellia sinensis; mature and acne prone skin especially seem to benefit.

  • Mature Skin; in addition to the antioxidant effects mentioned above, it promotes collagen formation, an important component for keeping the skin firm and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

  • Acne Prone Skin; you may benefit from its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, which target blemishes and redness. It soothes the skin and has been shown to increase the rate of healing. Its extract is an important ingredient in some advanced skin care products.

Camellia Sinensis can be incorporated into your daily skincare routine in many ways. You may choose to drink the loose tea, take standardised supplements or apply topical skincare products containing the extract. A moderate combination of these methods, along with good nutrition will most likely produce the best results for younger, healthy looking skin.

Face Mask

Lozano Skincare's SkinTea Active Renewal Masque is suitable for all skin types - including mature and acne prone skin. With antioxidant rich White Tea alongside moisture binding Hyaluronic Acid, exfoliator Lactic Acid and Collagen stimulant; Glycolic Acid, together they will help remove dead skin and pollution from your skin, unclog pores, reduce those visible signs of wrinkles and make your whole face look brighter.

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