By Jill Sterling
According to research, green tea is regarded as an antioxidant
that has been found to be very beneficial to the skin, mainly in
the prevention of skin cancer and skin cell damage due to UV
"Antioxidants are those agents which can counteract
the effects of oxidant radicals. Oxidant radicals -- or free
radicals, as they are commonly called -- are byproducts of the
body that can cause damage to cells and tissues," says Hasan
Mukhtar, PhD, professor and director of research in the
Department of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University in
Cleveland. "There may be some benefits of green tea in the human
skin products," he added.
So, if green tea counteracts damaging byproducts in the skin,
reviewing soaps, sprays and lotions containing it can’t be a bad
experiment. Bath and beauty product manufacturers have definitely jumped
on the green tea bandwagon and I tried a LOT of them – from bath
gels to body lotions; I’d say I got a good sampling of what’s out in
the marketplace right now.
What I found most fascinating about trying all these different
green tea bath and body products was the vast difference in each one with regard to
scent (each one defines the "green tea" smell differently),
overall quality and effect on the skin.
I know it’s unfair, but
I tend to gravitate to the more expensive products because I
personally think they perform better in all categories (scent,
delivery and effect).
The Healing Garden
The Other Elizabeth
Cheri’s Country Cottage
Wake Up Your Feet
After trying all these products – enjoying some more than others
– I have to say that if you’re looking for products boasting the
positive effects of green tea – you’ll most certainly find them
in the marketplace.