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Should You Buy Green Tea Masks… Or Nah?

Browsing through World Market, wandering down the face masks aisle – the norm for me – there were two items on sale: a green tea mask for hair, and a green tea hair conditioner.

Now, I love a good cup of green tea. And yes, I am aware that it’s in beauty products. But I’d never taken the time to ask… why

Something good for your insides can be good for your outsides a lot of the time, in the form of topical products. Think: vitamins, minerals, omegas. But what in drinkable green tea would make it a good face mask, or a good shampoo for your hair?

 
 
 
 
 
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The answer: actually, a lot! And after a quick search on google, I bought both products to try out (and, okay, I can’t deny a good sale).

Here’s the 411 on green tea and why you should be using it on both your face and in your hair.

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Before The Benefits, Green Tea: The Deets

Tea leaves come from the Camellia sinensis. Based on the process, the result is black, green, white, or oolong tea. Yup – allllll of your teas come from the same source, from that chai to that caramel (though let’s be real, it’s not like tea is pure sugar… most of the time. No judgement of what you put in your cup). 

Green tea comes from laying out and drying the tea leaves and using sun exposure, therefore stopping processes like fermentation and oxidation. The lack of processes, and solely the sun drying, is what gives green tea its grassy, nutty, never-bitter taste. Different types of green tea undergo variants of the drying and exposure process; for example, matcha receives its rich taste in part due to its pre-harvest leaves receiving 90% shade exposure.

The biggest benefit is the burst of antioxidants you receive. One of green tea’s compounds is a flavonol, and in green tea, this particular flavonol is called a catechin. These catechins are filled with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which can help protect your body from ailments like heart disease and some cancers.

Because of its high antioxidant count and protective nature on the inside, it has been added to products for hair and skin – aka, taking care of the outside, too.


Green Tea For Hair: Does It Work?

 
 
 
 
 
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The main reason hair companies include green tea in their products is due to the concept that it helps with regrowth. The idea: the EGCG stops hormonal hair loss and encourages growth through stimulating follicles.

There have been studies supporting this theory. For example, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone can cause hair loss; in one study, EGCG helped to slow this. In another study, mice that received topical treatment of EGCG-filled green tea experienced less hair loss.

There have also been studies suggesting that EGCG helps with growth. One small study (like, small – only three participants) saw topical green-tea-derived EGCG extract increase hair growth in the three participants. Another study, this time with mice, found that 33% of the test animals experienced hair growth following consumption of green tea after six months, while those in the control group saw no difference.

Of course, the studies are small – and one is on mice – so it’s hard to tell whether the growth itself was coincidental or correlated.

Regardless, it doesn’t hurt to add green tea to your hair products. There are many shampoos, conditioners, and masks out there, and we recommend these:


Can A Green Tea Mask Help My Skin?

 
 
 
 
 
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As we mentioned, green tea can help protect against specific cancers. One of these: skin cancer. That’s because EGCG can help fight and fix damage from UV rays, therefore protecting you from skin cancer. EGCG can also help with anti-aging; the antioxidant has been shown to help revitalize dying skin cells while also protecting from free radicals, therefore keeping skin from looking dull.

You’ll find green tea in a lot of face masks meant to get rid of, or at least soothe, inflamed skin, and even acne. Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help calm the inflammation. On top of that, people use it to treat conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and rosacea. Green tea is also antimicrobial, zapping excess oil and bad bacteria. The result: no more zits.

And while you may think that green tea doing all of this would lead to drying out your skin, it actually does the opposite! Green tea moisturizes the skin with its abundance of vitamins, including vitamin E. Hello, hydration.

Looking for masks? There are mud masks, clay masks, and mixed masks that can target different problems. Try one that works for you!


So, Will My Green Tea Mask Work?

The answer to this: yes! But as with any topical product used to receive nutrients, you should be ingesting green tea, too. After all, if you’re looking to prevent skin cancer, it helps to protect from the inside.

Still, I’ll be investing in these masks more often. Green looks good on me, anyway.

tess wearing a green tea mud mask


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