Green tea for better skin have boomed in the market all around the world.
Today, we can see so many skin products with green tea as an ingredient featured in it. Cosmetic companies are also joining in the bandwagon as organic makeup start to sprout in shelves everywhere.
Seems like a fad, but there is sense to it. I promise.
In fact, we have featured tea for skin for a while now. Others too (ie. How-Tos) have done this by suggesting green tea as a toner-like product you use after washing your face.
To back these claims up, we have rounded up some sources of scientific-research-based information.
Green Tea As Cure To Psoriasis
Green tea may hold promise as a new treatment for psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions, including dandruff and lupus-related skin lesions, according to a U.S. study.
Medical College of Georgia researchers found that green tea slowed the growth of skin cells in rodents genetically predisposed to psoriasis.
The findings were published in the Aug. 18 issue of the journal Experimental Dermatology.
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“Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease, causes the skin to become thicker, because the growth of skin cells is out of control,” lead investigator Dr. Stephen Hsu, an oral biologist in the MCG School of Dentistry, explained in a prepared statement. “In psoriasis, immune cells, which usually protect against infection, instead trigger the release of cytokines, which causes inflammation and the overproduction of skin cells.”
Previous research has shown that green tea helps suppress inflammation.
SOURCE: Medical College of Georgia, news release, August 2007
Green Tea Cuts Risk Of Skin Cancer
The findings, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, show tea appears to protect the body against squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas.
These types of tumours are not as dangerous as malignant melanomas, which have a high mortality rate, but do affect nearly 70,000 people in Britain every year.
They are usually caused by too much exposure to the sun’s rays and grow slowly over a period of months or even years.
Squamous cell carcinomas normally appear on the face and turn into an ulcer-like growth that does not heal.
Basal cell carcinomas normally show up as a painless lump that gradually expands in size.
Although they do not normally spread through the body, they still need to be removed through surgery.
Tea is packed with powerful disease-fighting chemicals and its ability to ward off illness is well known. Studies have found it can protect against heart disease, ovarian cancer and stress.
By Pat Hagan, The Scotsman.com, April 2007
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