Active skincare ingredients have grown more popular in recent years, with transformative ingredients like vitamin C (Read: 3 Reasons Why Your Skin Needs Vitamin C) and retinol taking center stage, especially for skin conditions like acne.
These actives work best when complemented with soothing ingredients that contribute to skin repair — enter Camellia Sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, a soothing botanical ingredient that packs a serious antioxidant punch!
Read on to find out what this ingredient contains, how it works, and what we use it in:
What is Camellia Sinensis leaf extract?
Also known as Green Tea, Camellia Sinensis leaf extract is derived from the green tea plant and used in a variety of consumable and cosmetic formulas for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Camellia Sinensis leaf extract is rich in vitamin A and contains catechins, flavonoids with antioxidant properties that work well with other actives (Read: Ingredients We Love - Niacinamide).
What does Camellia Sinensis leaf extract do?
Camellia Sinensis leaf extract has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and is known to help combat and repair free radical damage, soothe redness, and eliminate skin dullness.
Green tea is rich in vitamin A as well as catechins, a group of flavonoids with powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. These catechins interfere with the molecules and receptors that trigger inflammation, inhibiting their function in order to reduce the skin’s stress response.
Skin that has undergone oxidative stress from UV and other environmental damage sources can greatly benefit from Camellia Sinensis leaf extract, as it can help calm irritation, soften skin, balance moisture, and even out the discoloration that comes from exposure to environmental stressors. Incorporating Camellia Sinensis leaf extract into your skincare routine may also help improve your skin’s structure and reduce TEWL (Trans-Epidermal Water Loss), ensuring your skin maintains a healthy moisture balance.
In addition, Camellia Sinensis leaf extract helps improve the skin’s microcirculation, which in turn encourages collagen production for a plump, glowy skin finish!
What we use it in
You can find Camellia Sinensis leaf extract in the Stay Fresh Facial Mist and Setting Spray, the Original Glow BB Foundie, as well as the deeply nourishing and petroleum-free Beauty Balm!
In the Stay Fresh mist, the antioxidant-packed Camellia Sinensis leaf extract works synergistically with several other skin-loving botanicals like Cica (Read: Ingredients We Love - Cica / Centella Asiatica), and Pyrus Malus (apple fruit) extract to soothe irritation, brighten skin, repair damage from oxidative stress, minimize redness, and eliminate dullness.
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