Did you know that Green Tea has been named 'The Skin Tea'? It has been so named due to properties it holds that can do wonders for your skin. Is clear, youthful, invigorated skin something you could live with? Then do read on and you will discover just how "in the tea leaves" your skins future is! Green Tea originates from China and dates back as far as 4,000 years ago. It is made from the dried leaves of the pretty plant that is Camellia Sinensis, a perennial evergreen shrub. The tea leaves are dried out using steam, which prevents destruction of the hugely important antioxidants found in this 'skin tea'. These antioxidants are scientifically known as catechin polyphenols, the main catechin being in short terms EGCG. This EGCG takes prevalence over the rest as it has such vast effects on the body's health as a whole. Your skin has a life cycle of 28 days. When new cells are formed from stem cells, it takes them about 20 days to travel to the very surface of the epidermis (outer layer of skin). They then stay there and are ready to die. However it has been shown that EGCG appeared to react with these dying cells and they began dividing and renewing themselves again. So if dying skin cells can be re-energised, then the skin in turn will improve in condition and will naturally look and feel renewed. A two year study recently released by Stanford University revealed that, with Green Tea drinking volunteers, the EGCG's (antioxidants) found in Green Tea showed, smoother skin, reduction in pore size and a reduction of 'red vein' look. It also appears to inhibit the release of histamine, reducing the skin sensitivity and redness, and can significantly reduce the appearance of Acne Rosacea. Other Facts You Should Know - Harvard Medical School state that "in test tubes, catechins (antioxidants) are more powerful than Vitamin C and E in halting oxidative damage to cell". In fact, EGCG catechins are 100 times more effective than Vitamin C and 25 more effective than Vitamin E. - One cup of Green Tea produces 10-40mg of catechins, which has a greater antioxidant effect than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots and even strawberries. - EGCG quenches Free Radicals, the 'unpaired' electrons that destroy cell membranes. Because of this, Green Teas antioxidants can work in conjunction with sun protection creams in saving the skin from UV radiation. It does not form a barrier; rather it kills off these free radicals when they enter the skin. Very interesting fact to know, considering that UV radiation is the cause of 90% of all signs of anti-ageing. -Vitamin B - Riboflavin, is also found in Green Tea, and is responsible for keeping the tissues of the skin, hair and nails in good condition and to heal and protect the tissues of the skin. It is easy to see why, from the above information, Green Tea has been classed 'The Skin Tea'. There seems to be no limit to the good it can do for you. As well as its immaculate collection of powerful ingredients, it has the most vibrantly refreshing taste. Add to your cup some freshly squeezed lemon juice and this boosts its anti cancer properties for you as well.