Before we even know it, the signs of ageing – wrinkles, dark spots – start creeping in, catching us off guard.

You have used your fair share of products that did a quarter of what it promised. Some of you experienced your DIY masks breaking down and when they didn’t project a fast/expedited wear-n-tear, they simply didn’t bring forth any of the promised changes.

If you have experienced any of the aforementioned, then you are in the right place.

You might be aware of the dermatological benefits of red light therapy for your skin, however red light therapy, when used alongside green tea extract, has proven to only enhance its effectiveness. 

Moreover, when used alongside green tea extract, it has proven to only enhance its effectiveness. 

According to a study conducted on this duo, the subjects have reported having experienced improved skin results 10x faster

During the period of this study, participants were required to apply cotton pads soaked in green tea on their face, for 20 minutes prior to subjecting them all to a red light therapy session.

Now, before diving into the article, it is important to understand what red light therapy and green tea extract bring to the table on their own, individually. 

Red-Light Therapy

Red light therapy (RLT), or low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a safe and non-invasive procedure involving both red and near-infrared light at low wavelengths. 

It has multiple skin benefits ranging from curing acne, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and dark spots, reducing wrinkles, and rejuvenating the skin. 

With no surgical process or harmful chemicals involved, you might be skeptical about its benefits. So how does it work?

The red and near-infrared lights infiltrate the skin and help to produce more energy through the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The increase in cellular energy helps to address skin issues from the root; that is, boosting collagen production.

What is collagen, you may ask? It is a protein the provides sturdiness to the skin. As you age, the collagen production in your body slows down resulting in skin sagging and wrinkles, for example.

Thus, the collagen upsurge helps the skin to repair the skin barrier and tissues, giving a youthful appearance to the skin. 

Green Tea Extract

Green tea has been the buzz in the beauty community for quite some time now. Due to its antioxidant properties, it has secured itself a spot at the top of the list for many beauty experts. 

One of the most effective antioxidant contents found in green tea is known as catechin; more specifically, the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has proven to reap the highest health benefits for its user. 

The epigallocatechin gallate is a compound found in plants. It is infamous for its health benefits.

Whether consumed as a delicious drink or used topically, green tea, undeniably, has many skin benefits. It has anti-inflammatory properties which give the skin a “glow from within”. 

When used topically, it has shown improvements in skin elasticity, inflammation, ageing, and sun damage. 

Excessive stress is also known to age people, causes breakouts or even hair loss. 

The antioxidant properties in green tea extract help to reduce the oxidative stress you may feel. Not only that but the reduction in liver enzyme levels, caused by the catechins in green tea extract, has also been proven. Why is this relevant? 

Well, skin issues may arise due to deteriorating organ health. Therefore, to look healthy on the outside, we must keep our bodies healthy from the inside. 

Why Use Green Tea Extract alongside Red Light Therapy?

Green tea extract and RLT have complementary properties that enhance the benefits provided by each, individually.

Now, as mentioned before, red light therapy treatment helps to produce more ATP.

However, too much of anything can prove to be unhealthy.

This is because ATP production releases free radicals which give rise to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when reactive oxygen species are abundant (ROS) in our bodies, and our natural defences fail to detoxify these species. 

This in turn increases the chances of cell damage.

Thus, it is important to maintain a stable, and safe level of free radical production.

So, how do we do that?

The answer to that question is – Green Tea Extract! It is an antioxidant that helps to control the skin damage caused by free radicals.

This may create some confusion – won’t they offset the benefits of the treatment?

No, they will not.

This is because topical use of green tea extract will address the excess level of free radicals that are being emitted, that are not being neutralized by our body’s natural defences. 

How to Incorporate This Into Your Daily Routine

If the ease of incorporating this procedure is a concern for you, then you may be happy to know that it does not require you to make regular appointments with your dermatologist. 

You can reap its benefits from the comfort of your home. 

We recommend using the Mini Portable device from Solaslight. As the name itself suggests, it is small in size making it portable and convenient for you to use for the face. 

It also comes with eye protection, so that is definitely a bonus. 

Green tea extract is quite a common ingredient in beauty products. Here are a few product recommendations based on what you may be looking for:

Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence – With a few ingredients on its list, green tea (or ‘CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT’) is the fourth listed ingredient making this product rich in green tea extract. Its potency is ideal for the treatment.

Milk Makeup Matcha Toner – If you prefer toners, this is it for you! Although it is less potent in nature, the stick packaging makes it hassle-free and easy to use.

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Serum – This super hydrating serum containing Jeju green tea extract, green tea seed oil, and panthenol, will give you the enhanced benefits you seek from the red-light therapy treatment while leaving your skin soft and supple.

Pro Tip: If you prefer to refrain from the extra splurge on these products, you may take cotton pads and soak them in green tea before applying them to the face. 

However, we do recommend using products containing green tea extract due to its high potency. Green tea itself is not as potent. This treatment, when used alongside green tea extract, is safe for daily use. 

If this hasn’t convinced you yet, then maybe the fact that the benefits, obtained from combining green tea extract with red light therapy, has been suggested as a Botox substitute might give you the push you need to give this a try. 

Garner similar results to Botox without having to go through the painful process (which also falls heavy on the wallet).


Takeaway

Red Light Therapy:

  • Safe and non invasive
  • Multiple Skin Benefits
  • Boosts collagen production

Green Tea Extract

  • Contains catechins, specifically epigallocatechin gallate. 
  • Improves skin health – elasticity, inflammation, signs of aging and sun damage.
  • Reduces oxidative stress and liver enzyme levels.

Why Use This Duo?

  • Complementary properties.
  • Red light therapy produces ATP, which may be harmful if too much is produced.
  • Green tea extract helps to offset the imbalance.
  • When used together, the results can be seen 10x faster!

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