Also known as Green Tea, this herb extract is rich in polyphenols. The infusion and decoction of green tea for drinking goes back to China in 2737 B.C. It is documented Turkish traders introduced tea to the western world in sixth century.

Green tea contains flavanols such as catechins, flavonol glycosides such as kaempferol, quercetin and kaempferol that account to its health benefits. For example, Epigallocatechin-3-gallate is the major polyphenol in green tea that shows potent anti-tumor effects.

Skin uses:

  • Reduce erythema following UV exposure
  • Reduce lipid peroxidation 
  • Antioxidant
  • Photoprotective against UVB damage
  • Inhibit collagenase, the enzyme that degrades collagen


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