What do green, black and white tea have in common? When consumed they improve gut health, provide necessary antioxidants, may improve the function or vital organs and have been known to help reduce blood pressure. These are just a few of the many benefits of drinking tea, but what about when you apply them externally on the skin?

The application of tea extracts dates as far back as the seventh century, known to treat a variety of skin concerns and ailments such as eczema and joint pains. Its long history of use and benefits has driven many skincare brands to include these powerful extracts in their formulations and has become a go to ingredient for many consumers.

Let’s take a look at what tea extracts are, the benefits of tea extracts in cosmetic formulations and why you should be including them in your men’s grooming routine.

What are tea extracts?

Tea extracts are a very concentrated form of the tea itself, derived from the specific tea plants' dried leaves, containing no caffeine and are rich in bioactive components. These extracts are high in antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals and other plant compounds such as catechins. 

Generally, cosmetic products containing tea extracts which are rich in polyphenols are said to have a positive impact on the skin’s appearance and are helpful at minimising damage post UV exposure due to their high antioxidant profile.

Green tea extract is the most commonly used extract in cosmetics, with white and black tea extracts gaining popularity for their individual benefits too.

What are the benefits of using skincare products with tea extracts?

  • Tea extracts are highly anti-inflammatory which helps calm and soothe the skin, while targeting a range of skin concerns such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and other conditions.
  • Protects from UV radiation and repairs damage caused from sun exposure.
  • Targets fine lines and wrinkles, making it the perfect anti-aging ingredient.
  • Its antimicrobial and astringent properties tighten and tone, improving the appearance of pores and overall complexion.
  • Helps control and balance skin’s oil production.
  • Decreases puffiness in the skin through improving circulation.
  • Helps the skin retain moisture.

Tea extracts in our men’s skincare products

It’s very obvious now why you should be including tea extracts into your grooming routine. Our products contain efficacious percentages of green, white and black tea extracts to ensure you’re getting the maximum benefits of the product itself. Below are some product recommendations if you’re looking for a specific extract.

Green Tea Extract

Found in our Face Fuel Cleanser, antioxidant rich green tea extract helps fight off free radical damage. Its anti-inflammatory compounds help reduce skin irritation and puffiness making it the ideal start to the day. The best bit, green tea extract is a natural anti-ageing ingredient and non-drying.

Black Tea Extract

Found in our Smooth Operator Face Moisturiser, black tea extract is a powerful antioxidant and anti-ageing ingredient. It’s full of polyphenols, which slow down the ageing process and tackles damage from UV rays. The natural caffeine in black tea also tightens and firms up your skin. Not bad for something you find in the average teabag.

White Tea Extract

Found in our Citrus Blast Body Moisturiser, white tea extract helps to protect the skin. This stuff is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, and it also inhibits MMP (matrix metalloproteinase), an enzyme which gobbles up collagen and elastin. Translation: this stuff keeps your skin young.