I always encourage my patients to kick their coffee addictions and opt for green tea, a much healthier alternative. This beverage, whether served hot or cold, is key to not only healthy skin, but also to overall health in general. Green Tea contains compounds known as polyphenols which help to eliminate inflammation-producing free radicals. Recently, researchers have found that these polyphenols protect healthy cells from cancer causing DNA damage, while ushering cancer cells to their death. Another remarkable finding is the power of green tea polyphenols known as EGCG to reactivate dying skin cells. In fact, researchers consider this amazing energizing of dying skin cells to potential benefit skin diseases including rosacea, such as psoriasis, ulcers, wounds—and even wrinkles.
Have you made the switch from coffee to green tea? If so, what has the effect been on your skin?