Ingredient Breakdown: Green Tea

By now, most skincare fanatics know that miracle, fix-it-all ingredients don't really exist. In fact, science shows that a beauty routine that incorporates several high-powered ingredients is the best way to combat signs of aging, skin damage, and all those other fun things we deal with on a daily basis. But, how do you know which ingredients are worth the hype? We're making it easy! Welcome to our new series: Ingredient Breakdown. In this series, we'll give you the must-know info on both trending and mainstay ingredients. Today we're spotlighting green tea.

Though Green Tea has been around for centuries, it doesn’t have to just be a part of your drink order. There are plenty of products on the market that incorporate green tea and extracts to keep your skin glowing. 

The Ingredient: green tea

Also known as: Camellia sinensis plant. 

Quick take: redness-reducing, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antibacterial

Claims to fame: Green Tea contains polyphenols—a magical antioxidant that can soothe skin and flush out toxins (read: prevent acne). Ending a long day with Green Tea-infused skincare products will combat redness and irritation, while extracts can hydrate your hair. Many products have powdered Green Tea because of its smooth texture, making it a safe option for those who have sensitive skin. This ingredient can be found in a variety of cosmetics, so we decided to seek out some calming and clarifying options.

Where to find it:

1. Origins By All Greens(TM) Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask, $36 at Sephora

This all-natural mask, inspired by detox juice cleanses, gently clears the skin without drying it out.

2. Boscia Blotting Linens 100 Sheets Green Tea, $10 at Sephora

These blotting linens are a great product to toss in your handbag for when you need an on-the-go touch-up. The Green Tea extract soothes the skin while the soft fibers remove excess oil without smearing your makeup. 

3. Kate Somerville Nourish Daily Moisturizer, $65 at Sephora

Though a bit pricier, this light moisturizer promises to brighten all complexion types and prevent signs of aging.

4. St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Scrub, Green Tea, $4.79 at Walgreens

This freshly scented scrub will exfoliate away the oils and clear pores.

5. Garnier® Whole Blends™ Green Apple & Green Tea Extracts Refreshing Shampoo, $3.99 at Walgreens

Garnier's Refreshing Shampoo, with a crisp scent, will revitalize locks and give them shine.

Are Green Tea infused products a part of your daily routine? Which ones do you love?