Winter's first cold blast of crisp freezing air can be so refreshing—unless you're dealing with dry, red, inflamed skin! The harsh weather this time of year can wreak havoc on certain skin types, which is probably why so many men prefer to grow out their winter beards. If you're not already invested in a healthy skincare routine for men, now's the time to introduce yourself to a skincare ingredient that will fight all the concerns your face will face this winter. We're talking about green tea.  

What is Green Tea? 

No, we're not referring to the beverage, but go ahead and pour yourself a hot cup of green tea if you like. The truth is the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, is used as an ingredient in a huge variety of skin care products thanks to its many benefits, from fighting acne to soothing irritation. 

That's not all—men's skin care products can be formulated with green tea, white tea, and black tea based on the treatment. While each of these types of tea are derived from the same plant, their names are determined based on their different harvesting and processing methods. Green tea, unlike other types of tea, is not exposed to the wilting and oxidation process that turns tea leaves brown. This gives what keeps the tea's color green and also infuses it with special properties that can help alleviate certain skin concerns.

How is Green Tea Good for Men's Skin?

The question should be—how is green tea NOT good for men's skin? Whether you're an athlete, a lumberjack, or a regular Joe, we believe your skin will love one of the many benefits offered by the natural skincare ingredient known as green tea. 

Fights Acne

Green tea is known for exhibiting antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties which helps in the treatment of acne by soothing the irritation of red bumps and reducing the presence of pimple-causing bacteria.

Reduces Inflammation

Redness, swelling, or irritation of the skin, especially in winter, can be easily alleviated with the use of green tea skin care products. This is because the active components of green tea known as polyphenols produce an anti-inflammatory effect and will soothe such skin conditions as eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff.

Helps Oily Skin

Let's say you're on the opposite end of the spectrum, and instead of dry winter skin you've got a greasy, oily skin type. Green tea is effective at combating excess sebum which can not only leave you looking shiny, but can clog pores, produce black heads, and lead to acne breakouts.

Protects Against Aging

Antioxidants are a big deal because they protect your skin against free radicals, which are basically unstable atoms bouncing around that break down healthy skin cells. Green tea is naturally rich in antioxidants, so it's perfect for protecting the skin from the aging effects of oxidation caused by free radicals. It can even reduce signs of sun damage, such as hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and fine lines.

Depuffs Tired Eyes

Does your skin get puffy around the eyes? Look to green tea for help in reducing under eye bags and swelling. Aside from being anti-inflammatory, green tea also contains caffeine and tannins, which work by shrinking blood vessels and decreasing puffiness.

How to Build Green Tea into Your Routine

If you're not already following a Dermatologist recommended skincare routine that includes the wonder ingredient known as Green Tea, you should take a step back and consider how to incorporate this king of antioxidants into your regime. Now that you better understand the range of skincare concerns that can be addressed by green tea, start by choosing a product that complements your current routine. Men's skin care products that contain green tea are available in all kinds of formulas, including cleansers, toners, moisturizers and eye creams. We recommend introducing your skin to green tea with something like an all-in-one toner that delivers numerous benefits to keep your skin looking healthy at all times.

For more men's skincare tips and recommendations, especially for athletes and men of color, for be sure to visit HIMistry Naturals