Green tea moisturizer is a type of moisturizer that contains green tea as an active ingredient. Green tea may be added to moisturizers for the face or body, but is more often found in facial moisturizers. There are many different types of green tea moisturizers available.
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to calm skin, and protect skin from damage from free radicals, pollutants found in the environment, and in foods. Green tea moisturizer is able to effectively hydrate the skin, but is often gentle enough to be used by people with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Keep in mind that just because a moisturizer contains green tea, it is not necessarily all natural or hypoallergenic; it is important to still check the ingredients list for any potential irritants.
One common type of green tea moisturizer is an acne moisturizer. The green tea may be added to a moisturizer in addition to acne medication, such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. The acne medication can target blemishes to heal them and prevent new ones from forming, while the green tea can calm redness and potentially help to prevent scarring.
For those with dry or normal skin, however, this type of green tea moisturizer may be too harsh; those without acne should not use acne moisturizers. Instead, a standard green tea moisturizer may be used. This moisturizer may also include sunscreen; SPF 15 is fairly standard. It is important to wear sunscreen every day, so selecting a moisturizer that already includes it is a great idea.
Another type of green tea moisturizer is designed for sensitive skin or oily skin. This type of moisturizer may be fragrance-free, oil-free, or hypoallergenic, and is a good choice for people who experience redness or an allergic reaction to other moisturizers. The calming properties of green tea may be very helpful in this type of moisturizer. Of course, it is still important to wear sunscreen to protect the skin from sun damage; this can lead to wrinkles or skin cancer.
Green tea moisturizer is typically comparably priced to other facial moisturizers. Day and night versions may be available as well; night creams often offer more intensive repair and additional antioxidants, but are too heavy for use during the day. In addition, green tea is often found in facial masks, which are used to deeply cleanse the skin and draw out any impurities. It may be necessary to try a few different facial moisturizers before finding an effective one. Experts often recommend giving a new moisturizer at least a two-week trial period, unless it causes burning or itching, which can be a sign of an allergic reaction.