Green tea is, without the shadow of a doubt, the ultimate summer drink. Sipping this green liquid in my back garden on the hottest days of the year is a refreshing treat that cools me down and keeps my skin safe from environmental harm, particularly sun damage. As Korean women understand all too well, the sun is a cheerful friend that turns into your skin’s worst enemy if you linger under its warm rays a little too long without sun protection.
Topping up your sunscreen regularly is a must during the hot season, but it’s not the only way to keep premature wrinkles and dark spots at bay. A daily cup of green tea is one of Mother Nature’s most powerful ways to boost your natural sun protection: this drink is a rich source of polyphenols, such as flavonoids and catechins, powerful antioxidants that double up as anti-irritants.
Polyphenols are multitaskers that destroy the free radicals that lead to wrinkles, soothe the redness and irritation associated with sun damage and reduce the oxidative stress caused by ultraviolet radiation. To give you an idea of how powerful these antioxidants are, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), the main free-radical scavenger found in green tea, is considered to be 200 times more effective than Vitamin E at preventing the premature signs of aging!
Green tea is such a precious ally for my skin, I don’t limit my daily intake to a cup of two. On the contrary, I’ve also made it a crucial part of my skincare routine: I always make sure I have a sheet mask with green tea in my skincare stash at all times. If I had to pick a favourite, I’d say The Face Shop Real Nature Green Tea Mask Sheet – it’s a soothing and hydrating powerhouse!
In addition to green tea, the essence the sheet mask is infused with is also enriched with allantoin, a powerful compound that can calm down irritations and redness, and sodium hyaluronate, a moisture-magnet that attracts and binds to the skin up to 100 times its weight in water. I feel its hydrating effects as soon as I place the sheet on my face: its rich essence slowly sips into my skin, quenching its thirst.
After ten minutes, I take the mask off and gently pat the remaining essence into my skin before sealing it in with a moisturizer. When I’m done, the texture of my skin feels softer to the touch and has taken on a bright, luminous glow. On top of it, my face looks plumper, which has the added benefits of reducing the appearance of my fine lines and giving my face a fresh look.
In the rare eventuality the sun has tinged my face with a slightly red hue, I know I can count on this mask sheet to tone it down and restore my skin back to its natural, healthy appearance. Even more powerful are its anti-aging properties: with regular use, green tea can help to keep your skin young and flawless as the years go by!
Summary: The Face Shop Real Nature Green Tea Mask Sheet deeply hydrates skin, soothes sun damage and prevents the appearance of premature wrinkles.
Claims: The mask sheet is drenched in a clear serum with green tea to soothe skin irritated by environmental stressors.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Alcohol Denat, Betaine, Panthenol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, PEG-6- Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Parfum.