Green Tea has been used for thousands of years by Asian medicine to fight the effects of aging. Western medicine is only just now beginning to acknowledge the benefits of Green Tea. Much research still needs to be done to determine the scope of Green Tea to human health.
Still, the sun protection benefits of green tea are particularly well documented, so it could make sense to apply a green tea moisturizing formula under your sunscreen when venturing into the sun. It may also be useful to incorporate green tea into your skin maintenance routine to possibly slow down skin aging.
However, simply buying a green tea cream may not be the best way to go. Like most other highly effective antioxidants, green tea polyphenols are oxidized when the come in contact with free radical chemicals such as those found in environmental pollutants like cigarette smoke and car exhaust (this is how antioxidants work...it is why they are useful to us). Unfortunately, these same antioxidants also lose their activity when unnecessarily exposed to air. This is especially true when the antioxidants are held in a moisture-laden state. So, whether prepared commercial green tea creams can retain their antioxidant properties over time is unclear. Most likely the products will vary widely from brand to brand.
What is known for certain is that ingredient freshness is very important when working with antioxidants. Here at Above and Beyond Day Spa we have developed a green tea facial massage mask (we call it the Jade Green Tea Facial Massage Mask because of its beautiful green color).
We use only the best green tea, Matcha Green Tea like what is in tea ceremony, in our mask formula. Our Matcha Green Tea is made from fresh green tea leaves, freeze dried and ground to a baby power-like consistency to expose as much of the rich inner tea leaf as possible.
Next, our Jade Green Tea Facial Massage Mask is mixed fresh for each treatment and will deliver the finest quality green tea antioxidants possible directly to your face and neck. We use this mask on ourselves and know you will feel the difference it makes in your skin.