What is Green Tea?

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Green tea is a botanical extract enriched with active ingredients that are very beneficial for the skin. Derived from the leaves and buds of the tea plant Camellia sinensisit contains polyphenols or catechins known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains caffeine and tannins, which help narrow blood vessels to reduce puffiness.

Why is green tea so popular in K-beauty skincare?

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Watch any of your favorite K-beauty brands, and you’re bound to find some of their green tea products. This ingredient is widely used in most of their skin care formulations. Its skin benefits are so well known now that many local brands also infuse their product with green tea.

An over-performing ingredient, green tea both corrects and protects the skin. Antioxidant properties fight environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution, making it a popular choice in anti-aging products. It also works to soothe the skin and help relieve irritation, redness and swelling, thanks to the presence of polyphenols, an anti-inflammatory ingredient.

They are also great for treating other serious skin conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis, viral warts due to their antibacterial characteristics.

The Best Green Tea Infused Skincare Products

1. Innisfree Green Tea Sleep Mask, INR 1150

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This night mask is the ultimate solution for dull and dehydrated skin. This K-beauty favorite is lightweight in texture and enriched with Jeju green tea to give you plump, well-hydrated skin the next morning.

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2. TONYMOLY The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Skin, INR 1000

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This hydrating toner contains the world’s first naturally fermented green tea, known as “ChungTaeJeon” as its star ingredient. Not only does it increase the hydration level of the skin, but it also reduces puffiness.

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3. The Face Shop Real Nature Green Tea Face Mask, INR 100

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This green tea enriched sheet mask is your savior on unbearably hot summer days. It helps calm and soothe irritated skin, making it perfect as an after-sun care.

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4. Some By Mi Bye Bye Blackhead Bubble Cleanser, INR 1450

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This gentle facial cleanser removes impurities and dirt without stripping the skin. It contains a powerful combination of green tea leaf water and natural BHA which helps strengthen the skin barrier while hydrating the skin.

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5. Klairs Aqueous Fundamental Oil Drop, INR 2180

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If you’re looking for a lightweight serum that hydrates like a face oil, this non-greasy serum from Kairs is perfect for you. It’s packed with skin-loving ingredients like Jeju Green Tea Water, fermented extracts, and peptides to hydrate and renew skin.

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