ingredient spotlight: green tea
one of the world’s most-consumed beverages, second only to water - green tea is said to have originated in china from the camellia sinensis plant. tea has a rich cultural history surrounding it, from the boston tea party to the traditional japanese tea ceremony to ancient medicinal uses. as one of the least processed types of tea, green tea is rich in antioxidants and micronutrients, making it a popular natural remedy for many ailments. let’s take a look at all the benefits these tiny leaves have to offer.
green tea health
rich in antioxidants and vitamins, green tea can provide an array of health benefits simply by drinking 3-4 cups a day. green tea has been linked to reduced risk of cancer, hair loss, and heart disease due to the abundance of antioxidants – mainly catechin flavonols including epigallocatechin gallate (egcg). it also goes further by boosting skin hydration, blood flow, and oxygen delivery meaning nutrients are delivered faster throughout the body. one study showed up to 29% increased blood flow and oxygen delivery after just 12 weeks of consuming green tea extract supplements.
an added bonus - green tea is a natural caffeine boost, making it a perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
green tea in hair & beauty
these tiny leaves are becoming increasingly popular in hair and beauty products beyond just drinking tea because of their natural benefits and diverse uses.
in hair products, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Polyphenols help to bolster hair luster and add softness. according to some studies, green tea may even prevent hormonal hair loss by inhibiting the effects of testosterone which can cause hair loss if levels are too high. the egcg in green tea also helps prolong the hair growth phase while slowing down hair shedding (hello, more hair!) polyphenols in green tea stimulate hair follicles and promote a healthy scalp by protecting against free radicals that damage cells, resulting in increased hair growth and regrowth.
when it comes to green tea in beauty products, the antioxidants and hydrating properties make it an effective natural ingredient. the free radical-fighting polyphenols are also excellent for anti-aging products. according to board-certified cosmetologist Michelle Green, the antioxidants found in green tea also help unclog pores, treat acne, and help improve skin's ability to retain moisture, making it perfect for cleansers and treatments and moisturizers. even the caffeine properties help depuff and tighten by shrinking blood vessels making it highly effective for eye creams and patches.
green tea & privé
when it comes to privé products, green tea is a key ingredient in our powerhouse blend because we believe in using natural ingredients free of harmful toxic preservatives. you deserve healthy, effective hair care you can trust. the abundance of polyphenols and vitamins makes hair softer and more lustrous, but they also help create a healthy scalp and increase blood flow which is the foundation to grow healthy, beautiful hair.
whether it's hair, skin, or overall health, keep it simple and natural by making green tea your go-to.
by: Leslie Berlin, guest writer