The Beauty Bar: Green Tea for Good Skin

By Lindsey Galloway

This antiaging champ helps fight free radicals by infusing cells with powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols. Whether you drink green tea or slather on green tea–infused beauty products, these polyphenols protect against damage from the sun and environment by boosting the skin’s immune system and stimulating DNA repair in the cells, explains Joe Feuerstein, MD, director of integrative medicine at Stamford Hospital Integrative Wellness Center in Connecticut. You can also enlist green tea in the war against wrinkles: One study found that EGCG, a specific type of polyphenol found almost exclusively in green and white tea, reactivates dying skin cells and improves overall skin condition.

We like: Tea Naturals Tea Breeze, a hydrating mist formulated with organic tea extracts and botanicals. ($9.95, 2.33 oz;
drink: C’Tea, which mixes green and white teas with essential trace sea minerals to fortify skin. ($16.95, 3.3 oz;
Supplement with: NOW Foods Green Tea Extract, with 60 percent polyphenols. ($12.50, 250 capsules;