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In celebration of spring, I’m excited to unveil a long-awaited article addressed to one of the most invigorating and pioneering ingredients in Asian culture and worldwide skin care: green tea.

My goal is to explore through green tea a powerful and potent way (method) to nurture our inner vitality and well-being, while enhancing our skincare routine, thus taking care of all aspects of self-care. 

How Green Tea is Prepared?

Did you know that various types of tea including green, black, white, and oolong tea, all come from Camellia sinensis? The key distinction lies in the different processing methods for each tea type. 

Its unique processing method distinguishes green tea from other types of tea, offering a refreshing and health-promoting drink prized for its taste and potential health benefits. 

The process of making green tea begins with harvesting young leaves and leaf buds from the Camellia sinensis plant, followed by whitening, a secondary process, vital in retaining their vibrant green color and preserving their natural compounds. For the third step, unlike other types of tea that undergo oxidation (fermentation), green tea leaves are immediately heat-treated or steamed to halt oxidation, because green tea is known for its numerous health benefits due to its unoxidized nature. 

Next, the leaves are rolled to shape and further reduce moisture content. They are then dried to ensure they maintain their distinctive flavors, aromas, and health-promoting compounds. 

So, it’s clear that with green tea isn’t just a casual pastime in gardening; it is truly a mastery, passed down through generations and cultivated in the lush landscapes of subtropical and tropical regions, particularly in China and Japan.

Recent studies on Green Tea

Green tea is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and other bioactive compounds that have been studied for their positive effects on skin health, most notably catechins, like EGCG (a type of catechin). Even if catechins are the best studied compound of the plant origin, we still don’t have conclusive results, being difficult to find and isolates catechins conjugates from the leaves. There might be benefits that have not yet been proven through research.

Green tea is a source of phenolic compound as caffeic acid, and many other groups of compounds like amino acids, proteins, minerals, caffeine, and vitamin K.

Green Tea’s Health Benefits

Green tea has been consumed for thousands of years for its health properties and pleasant aroma being one of the most popular drinks in the world.

Green tea has a long history of being valued in ancient Chinese medicine. It’s known for its many benefits, like helping with stress, reducing anxiety, boosting memory, possibly acting as a gentle diuretic, keeping you alert and focused, and even potentially lowering cholesterol levels.

  • Antioxidant properties

Studies have shown that the application of green tea extracts topically can enhance the antioxidant defense system of the skin, protecting it from environmental stressors.

  • Anti-Inflammatory effects

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a major component of green tea, has demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects when applied topically, for skin conditions like acne and rosacea.

  • Photoprotective effects

Some studies suggest that green tea may provide a degree of protection against UV-induced skin damage, including sunburn and photoaging.

  • Anti-Aging benefits

The antioxidant content in green tea may contribute to its anti-aging effects. EGCG, specifically, has been studied for its potential to improve skin elasticity and hydration, promoting a more youthful complexion.

  • Wound Healing and Skin Repair

Green tea has been investigated for its role in promoting wound healing and aiding in skin repair. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of green tea may support these processes.

Green Tea Side Effects

Emerging research indicates that excessive consumption of green tea may pose risks of hepatoxicity, potentially causing liver damage if not consumed in moderation. Additionally, gastrointestinal disturbances are commonly reported, while rare side effects may include insomnia, elevated blood pressure, and occasional skin reactions.

Green tea in different Asian cultures

Green tea’s rich history traces back to its origins in China, where the first Camellia Sinensis plant was cultivated. This marked the beginning of a diverse array of tea options derived from the Camellia Sinensis plant, giving rise to a beloved tradition known as tea culture, or “cha wenhua,” celebrated as the art of drinking tea, or “chayi.”

Similarly, Japan shows its own elaborate tea etiquette, highlighted by the revered tea ceremony. This ceremonial practice encompasses not only green tea but also matcha and various other types of tea.

The meticulous rituals and customs surrounding tea in both cultures reflect a deep reverence for the beverage and its significance in various life events. From serene moments of reflection to joyous celebrations, tea culture bridges generations and binds communities together in a shared appreciation for the art of tea.

Matcha Powder

As I was mentioning earlier, one noteworthy derivative of green tea that holds significant importance in both skincare and consumption is matcha powder. Known for its exceptional properties, matcha stands out as a versatile ingredient that offers a multitude of benefits for your skin and overall well-being. 

For instance, matcha powder, originating from dried and finely ground green tea leaves, has potent antioxidant properties that help combat free radicals, promote a youthful and radiant complexion. Moreover, matcha’s natural anti-inflammatory properties can soothe and calm irritated skin, making it an ideal choice for sensitive skin types.

Beyond skincare, matcha powder is equally used for its role in hot beverages. Whether incorporated into lattes, smoothies, or baked goods, matcha infuses a vibrant green hue and a distinctive flavor profile. Rich in nutrients and boasting a subtle caffeine note, matcha serves as a nourishing and energizing addition to your daily routine.


Description: Green tea extract, rich in polyphenols, is enjoyed for its flavor and energizing properties.

Main Benefits:

  • rich in antioxidants with the ability to combat free radicals
  • can reduce inflammation, anti-inflammatory
  • photoprotective
  • protects the skin from damage caused by environmental stressors
  • was believed to tighten pores
  • helps maintain skin elasticity
  • anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, smoothing fine wrinkles
  • soothe irritation

How to apply:

  • mist, toners, serums and masks for all skin types
  • for mature, wrinkled, aged, lacking in vitality and radiance skin
  • daily skin care subject to urban pollution and external aggressions: wind, cold, sun

Plant Extracts: Camellia sinensis. Family: Theaceae

Side Effects: insomnia, occasional skin reactions


This article provides only informational data and is not applicable to everyone. For further application of green tea extracts, please consult a skincare specialist. If you need oral supplements and nutrition facts, consult your medic. Keep a record of all contraindicated and beneficial ingredients you have been taking, along with your health care provider.

I don’t promote brands or their products, nor do I provide sponsorship or affiliate links in my articles.

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