Saturday, 11 March 2017

In Beauty: Green Tea


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When I was living in Hungary I couldn't understand why people around me drank pure water or a juice late at night. For me, it was really strange because in Poland and in Germany I always got my tea served couple times per day. Now when I'm older I enjoy every type of tea but today I'm going to focus on green tea and how it works for our skin.

What can we find in green tea?
I'm sure you already know that green tea is an antioxidant, it means we can use it in our cosmetics but this lovely ingredient has a very good effect if we drink it or eat it. Some of you may ask me now - wait, eat it? HOW? When I was a teenager one of my best friends were (and she still is!) fascinated with Japan and Japanese culture, you can already guess how often I had to go and eat sushi (which I didn't like because eating sushi in Poland is not the same as eating it in Japan or eating homemade fresh sushi at home). The only good thing about this sushi bar where we always had to go and I barely eat nothing were green tea and green tea ice cream. There's also a Czech gluten free brand who sells... pineapple-matcha (green tea) pudding. 


Just to mention - I'm living in Poland and I still can't understand why other Slavic countries use variations of word чай/cha for tea, some countries like Germany uses some variations of word Tee/Tea, even Asian countries uses "cha" and here's Poland - HERBATA... In polish language name "herbata" for tea came from latin language (finally, my Italian studies full of ancient languages are useful). We also have чай - 'Czaj' but it's used for very strong tea.

Going back to all the good things in green tea, it's a source of catechins and flavonoids (that's why it's an antioxidant). It is told that green tea contains vitamins such as vitamin C or vitamin A, but remember that cup of green tea doesn't equal a portion of vitamins per day.

Green tea meaning in culture
Camellia Sinensis is well known in Traditional Chinese Medicine - it is used for depression, digestion or to remove toxins from your body. Personally, I can admit that cup of green tea makes me calm and it helps with my stomach after eating something bad. In Japan, powder green tea called matcha has a very important meaning to the culture - tea ceremony is very sublime and it has very long history. 


Meaning of the green tea for our skin, body & hair

As all antioxidants, Camellia Sinensis helps with wrinkles and skin ageing. Because a cup of green tea contains almost 100% of water, this herbal drink gives you more skin moisture and elasticity. If you've got problems with acne then you already know the tea tree oil. Green tea is a multifunctional ingredient - it works for dry skin, it works for oily skin, it works for wrinkles and acne. Even if you drink a cup of tea every day you can see some effects. Green tea gives our skin a UV-protection - but it's a very weak protection.

Did you know that green tea works not only for our skin but also for hair? If you have hair loss problem then you can use green tea in your haircare routine. Just put 3 tea bags (or couple teaspoons of green tea) to 1/2 litre of boiling water and leave it for one hour. Then just pour the liquid into bottle or cup and massage it into your scalp.

When I was a child drinking green tea were very popular - I'm not 100% sure but I think local Sephora were selling some green tea drops which you had to add to the water and drink to lose fat quicker. Yes, green tea can help you with your diet.


How to find green tea in cosmetics?
If you want to find green tea in your cosmetics we have to search for Camellia Sinensis. Unfortunately, Camellia Sinensis can mean different types of tea at the same time, that's why it's important to read what's in the brackets - usually, there you can find the differences between tea type. I'll focus on tea ferments, white tea and black tea in a different post.
Usually, we can find some tea in forms of:
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Catechins
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Infusion
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Oil
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Powder
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Powder Extract
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Water
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Oil
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Root Extract
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Seed Extract
- Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Seed Oil


My personal green tea favourite product is Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum, the whole series is pretty interesting and full of products, this series is recommended for many skin types. Another nice series is Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea - it's one of the best Tonymoly series in my opinion because of the ingredients.
If you prefer the smell of the green tea then Elizabeth Arden got something for you - a green tea fragrance. Another interesting series is made by Neogen - their Green Tea foam cleanser, gauze peeling or cleansing stick are almost always sold out in online shops where I live. Going back to Europe, if you read this blog from the beginning then for sure you know The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea series - I can recommend you the peeling and the bath tea, the smell is mild, only bath tea has an intensive smell. I'm a little bit shocked to find this lovely ingredient in Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher Serum.
If it comes to haircare then John Masters Organic has the answer for you - green tea hair mist or rose & apricot hair milk (it contains green tea leaf extract). 


What kind of green tea should we choose?
There are many different types of green tea such as Sencha, Bancha or Matcha, but I'm not going to talk about that - even if I love tea I don't know everything about it. What's important for me is the type of tea - if it's in tea bags or tea leaves. I do not recommend tea bags - you have to read descriptions before, a lot of teas in tea bags can contain non-natural aromas.

And do you like green tea? Do you have this ingredient in your cosmetics? Is there any ingredient you would like to see in this series of posts?



44 comments

  1. This products seems so nice.
    You did a great review! Love the photos too.

    Following you! :)

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  2. Lubię zieloną herbatę, ale chyba nawet bardziej białą :)

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  3. Świetny post, zdjęcia są rewelacyjne :) !!

    Buziaki,
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  4. Chciałam pić zieloną herbatę ze względu na jej właściwości, ale później miałam dziwne objawy alergii.

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  5. This is such an interesting topic, thanks for sharing these products :)

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  6. Herbatę lubię pić tylko czarną, ale mój mąż jest od zielonej uzależniony i pije bardzo często. :-) W kosmetykach znam i lubię. :-)

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  7. Ja mam 2 kosmetyki z serii green tea z Innisfree i bardzo je lubię (serum i balancing lotion).
    A wiesz, że olejek z drzewa herbacianego nie ma nic wspólnego z herbatą? To jest olejek z drzewa rosnącego w Australii, z którego liści marynarze kapitana Cooka robili sobie napary i w ten sposób powstała jego nieco błędna nazwa. A swoją drogą olejek bardzo lubię i zawsze mam jego buteleczkę w swoich zbiorach!

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    1. Dziękuję za zwrócenie uwagi :) A sama próbowałam dowiedzieć się czemu zapisałam na kartce z planami na bloga ten składnik osobno, chyba zdecydowanie czas zmienić pracę, bo nie dosc, że zdrowie mi nie domaga to już i pamięć siada.Serum jest bardzo fajne, ja czaje się na sleeping pack

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  8. Bardzo lubię zieloną herbatę w kosmetykach i bardzo często sięgam właśnie po takie produkty :)

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  9. Your post was very informative! I love how detailed you are. I love green tea beauty products because they have so many benefits, and I use them often, but unfortunately I absolutely HATE the taste of it (or any tea for that matter) so I don't drink it.

    xo, Sarah
    http://www.hustlababy09.blogspot.com

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  10. Bardzo ciekawy wpis, z którego dowiedziałam się masy nowych rzeczy :) Nie miałam pojęcia, że czaj oznacza po prostu mocniejszą herbatę tj. znałam to słowo i wiedziałam że odnosi się do herbaty, ale nigdy go nie używałam i po prostu nie zagłębiałam się w konkretne znaczenie :P

    Ogólnie, uwielbiam zieloną herbatę i potwierdzam że ma wiele cudownych właściwości dla organizmu, ale nie można z nią przesadzać bo wypłukuje magnez ;)

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  11. Nie wiedziałam,że zielona herbata ma wpływ na włosy ! Mam w domu kilka torebek muszę zacząć ją pić :D

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  12. Uwielbiam herbatę :) Piję wszystkie rodzaje :D Ja niestety też nie wiem wszystkiego o herbacie, mimo że ją uwielbiam, dlatego zamówiłam sobie książkę o herbatach i za miesiąc ją powinnam zrecenzować :)
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  13. Uwielbiam zieloną herbatę! A po kosmetykach z nią jest zawsze tak super wygładzona twarz <3

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  14. Z tego wpisu dowiedziałam się bardzo dużo ciekawych rzeczy. Bardzo podoba mi się, że napisałaś o społecznym aspekcie picia herbaty. Pozdrawiam ;)

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  15. Szczerze mówiąc nie wiem czy w moich kosmetykach jest zawarta Zielona herbata, natomiast często robię sobie esencje i moczę maski w skompresowanej kapsułce i nakładam na twarz :)

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  16. Love organic products. The smoothie looks delish.

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  17. Lody z zielonej herbaty ♥ Ciekawe podsumowanie. Swoją drogą, krem pod oczy z zieloną herbatą od Innisfree fantastycznie się sprawdził, kiedy całe zmęczenie i zanieczyszczenie spowodowane wielkim chińskim miastem pokazywało mi się na twarzy...

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  18. Ja to lubię zieloną herbatę pić, najlepiej w postaci "Green Tea Latte" dość popularnej w Azji :) pycha .

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  19. Ja uwielbiam zieloną herbatę w słodyczach!

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  20. Bardzo lubię zieloną herbatę popołudniami <3

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  21. O tym sposobie przeciw wypadaniu nie wiedziałam, będę musiała wypróbować tą metodę.Bardzo interesujący post :-)

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  22. I love green tea, it's so yummy, even though I prefer it when it's in combination with another flavor. Perhaps mint or lemon! And love it for beauty products too! Xx

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  23. fajny pomysł na posta :) ja zieloną herbatę uwielbiam, generalnie wszelkie zioła są dla mnie :)

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  24. Polubiłam się z zieloną herbatą już dawno, gdy zaczęłam bardziej aktywny styl życia. Jest niezastąpiona! :)
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  25. Uwielbiam zieloną herbatę zawsze i wszędzie ♥

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  26. zielona herbata jest super, swietnie wpływa na zdrowie, sylwetkę i samopoczucie

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  27. Yes, green tea is amazing. Unfortunately I don't feel very well when I drink it. It causes me headaches.
    But it is very good for skin and hair, like you mentioned!

    It's funny - I never drink juice at night. Only plain water AND tea. And water is always the last thing I drink before sleeping.
    By the way, in Portugal the word for tea is "chá". We should use it only for Camellia Sinensis products, but we use it quite generally.

    Experiências e Constatações

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  28. I have a green tea soap and I really love, it's wonderful to our skin!
    xo
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  29. I never try
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  30. I didn't know all these things about green tea.
    And I actually had a cup just this morning :)

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  31. Great post dear*_* i love green tea soap))

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  32. Uwielbiam zieloną herbatę do picia. W kosmetyce jeszcze jej nie stosowałam. Może następny post z tej serii napiszesz o śluzie ślimaka? SKIN79 tak się szczyci tymi ślimakowymi formułami, jestem ciekawa czy ma się czym chwalić ;)

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  33. Zielona herbata bardzo często gości u mnie w domu! Uwielbiam - jako codzienny napój, okład na zmęczone okolice oczu i w składzie kosmetyków.
    Zaskoczyłaś mnie bardzo, że pojawia się w składzie serum Idealist.
    Ja przepadam za antycellulitową solą do kąpieli marki Tealogy. Uwielbiam jej zapach, właściwości detoksykujące. Szkoda, że podobno marka znika stopniowo z polskiego rynku.

    Pozdrawiam
    Paulina
    www.paulinejournal.pl

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  34. Pić zielonej herbaty nie lubię (chyba że smakową), ale lubię jej zapach w kosmetykach :)

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  35. I really like green tea! This is so nice <3
    The Fancy Cats

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  36. I'm really not sure if I ever used a beauty product that contained green tea. Perhaps I did, but I forgot. I do drink green tea and I drink it fairly often. I started to drink green tea hoping that it will make me need less coffee, but that didn't really work out the way I planed. Now I drink both green tea and coffee often. I guess I'm just a caffeine addict.

    It was really interesting to read about green tea. I know some of these facts you listed, but not all. I didn't know that green tea protects from UV rays- even if it only offers a little bit of protection, it is still an interesting fact. I did know that there is a long history of green tea in Japan....

    ...speaking of which, can you believe that I have never tried sushi? not in a restaurant and not home made....in either shape or form, I yet have to try it...another thing I would like to try is green tea ice-cream:)...I would love to learn how to use green tea in cooking:):). Besides being a coffee and tea addict, I'm also a foodie:).

    I had no idea that tea was called herbata in Poland. Is there some Polish brand of tea that is called herbata? that actually sounds familiar now that I think of it...perhaps some tourists gave it to me or something like that? My favourite Polish word is samohod! In Croatia, we call tea čaj. Same goes for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.

    Anyway, very informative post. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Uwielbiam tę markęKoreańską.... jest inna niż wszystkie

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  38. Love this type of post!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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  39. Looks so tasty ! Thanks for sharing)
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  40. i love grean tea!

    x
    dahi
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  41. mam tyle herbat, że nie dokupuję nowych i obecnie zieloną piję tylko w domu , a co do kosmetyków nie używałam żadnego z zieloną herbata

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