I’m a dermatologist – my 2p drink shaves years off your face and plumps your skin, it’s a superhero ingredient

WHO knew that your morning brew could be delivering serious health and anti-ageing benefits to your skin? Not us. 

According to one dermatologist, it has the power to protect the skin, reduce sebum and minimise the physical signs of ageing

One type of tea delivers dermatologist-approved anti-ageing benefits

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One type of tea delivers dermatologist-approved anti-ageing benefitsCredit: Getty
Christine Choi Kim MD shared her thoughts on the superhero brew

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Christine Choi Kim MD shared her thoughts on the superhero brewCredit: drchristinechoikim.com

Unfortunately though, your PG Tips with heaps of sugar isn’t the brew you need. 

To draw anti-ageing benefits from tea, you need to be drinking the green kind. 

Christine Choi Kim MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Los Angeles, US, has revealed a cup of green tea a day is the perfect addition to your skincare routine. 

Green tea is rich in potent antioxidants. 

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These antioxidants help neutralise free radicals in the skin, which are molecules that damage skin cells and contribute to premature ageing.

By protecting the skin from oxidative stress, green tea can help maintain a youthful appearance, and prevent wrinkles and fine lines.

“Due to its multifaceted nature, green tea has been studied as a treatment for a variety of dermatological conditions,” Christine told Byrdie. 

“Such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, viral warts and even skin cancer.

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“It is truly suitable for most all skin types, unless you have a known hypersensitivity to green tea.”

She added that it also has the power to reduce hyperpigmentation and rough texture on your face. 

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As well as drinking it, you can even run cooled-down green tea bags over your face to draw maximum benefits from the leaves. 

Christine also cited epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – a compound in green tea that has anti-inflammatory properties.

EGCG can help reduce inflammation in the skin, making it beneficial for conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema. 

However, this doesn’t mean you should ditch your other skincare products. 

Christine promoted a skincare regime of cleanse, protect, correct and hydrate – and make sure you’re using an SPF… even on cloudy days. 

She recommended using SPF30 and above every morning after you’ve moisturised to get maximum anti-ageing benefits from your routine.