GREEN TEA AND ANTI-AGEING LED LIGHT THERAPY
Reports going back to 2009 have shown that green tea extract lotion applied 15 minutes before a LED treatment accelerates results and can have a visible effect on facial wrinkles and fine lines in only one-tenth of the time it took for LED therapy alone to reduce wrinkles.
GREEN TEA EXTRACT SKINCARE
From Science Daily, September 9, 2009
Researchers applied a daily combination of LED light and green tea extract to the facial wrinkles of a human volunteer for one month.
The combination treatment resulted in smoother skin, including “less pronounced wrinkle levels, shorter wrinkle valleys, and juvenile complexion,” the scientists say. The treatment showed promising results in only one-tenth of the time it took for LED therapy alone to reduce wrinkles. The study could form the basis of “an effective facial rejuvenation program,” and lead to a new understanding of the effect of reactive oxygen species on cellular ageing, they note.
Science Daily, you had me at juvenile complexion, who wouldn’t want to look younger, faster?
Of course, it still takes months to see visible results and no, you’re not really going to look younger – only a time machine can do that, but you can look better. You can improve upon what’s already there if you stay committed which is the hardest part.
I bought the LED Precision as a temporary measure to replace my lost (now found) LightStim – which has been life-changing. But the Precision (now down to £109.00), even though the treatment area is smaller, has a built-in timer which is so convenient, you can properly multitask ie watch telly, without even thinking about it.
SKINCARE PRODUCTS WITH GREEN TEA EXTRACT
I’ve been using Tonymoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Toner and Watery Essence (a thin milky serum), both sold in Boots. I also bought Watery Cream, a slightly thicker, gel-like cream – it’s no longer sold in Boots but widely available elsewhere ie Look Fantastic, Feel Unique and Beauty Bay. I use the toner first and then the essence or cream.
HOW MUCH GREEN TEA EXTRACT IS IN MY SKIN CARE PRODUCT?
Look for skincare with the highest concentration of green tea extract. Ingredients are listed in order of predominance with the highest amount first.
Brands use Latin names for ingredients, so labels will list green tea as Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract or Camellia Sinensis.
Tonymoly Water Essence has Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (81%) as its first ingredient.
You don’t actually have to buy green tea skin care. Make up a cup of green tea to drink, but double up on the tea bags (or matcha powder), let the water cool and refrigerate. Apply the homemade toner to your face, time a 15-minute wait and then use your LED device.
Then just sit back and wait for your juvenile complexion to emerge.
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