Benefits of Green Tea for Seniors: When You Turn Evergreen!

Did you know green tea has been traditionally used in Chinese and Indian medicine to contain bleeding and heal wounds?

The Chinese have used this magical plant for centuries to treat various ailments, from headaches to depression. Today, green tea is well known worldwide for its exceptional properties. It is rich in antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and caffeine. Besides the many health benefits of green tea, it is also widely used for skin health. Sound too good to be true? Give it a try and see for yourself.

In today’s article of Living Maples Mag, we will introduce green tea benefits for seniors’ skin health and hair condition.

Improving Skin Color and Appearance

This tea improves your skin colour and appearance by removing toxins, healing blemishes and wounds, reducing skin inflammation, and strengthening the skin’s elasticity. Green tea also rejuvenates seniors’ skin and helps with wounds.

Method: For this, you should mix the contents of 2 green tea bags with 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey and a small amount of lemon juice. Apply the resulting mask on your face and wash off with lukewarm water after 5 to 10 minutes. You can use this mask once or twice a week.

Read More: Useful Tips for Seniors to Take Care of Their Skin

Removing Bags and Dark Circles Under Eyes

Due to having antioxidants and tannins (an astringent substance), green tea helps to treat puffiness and dark circles under the eyes. The antioxidants and tannins in green tea help reduce swelling and puffiness in these areas by constricting blood vessels under the thin skin around the eyes. Green tea is also helpful in lightening dark circles under the eyes due to its vitamin K content.

a senior woman holding a cup of green tea

Method: To do this, put two used green tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes and then place the cool tea bags on your eyelid for 15 minutes. You can use this twice a day to achieve the desired result.

Reducing the Signs of Aging 

Due to its anti-aging and antioxidant properties, green tea delays the signs of aging, such as sagging skin, and reduces the damage caused by sunlight, age spots, and wrinkles. Green tea neutralizes the effects of free radicals due to its polyphenols. Free radicals can cause severe damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process.

Green Tea & Treating Pimples and Acne of Skin

Green tea can destroy acne-causing bacteria due to its antibacterial properties and catechins. These antioxidant compounds are even helpful in regulating the hormonal imbalances among the key causes of old age acnes in seniors. Besides, green tea’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce the redness and inflammation caused by acne.

Method: Mix 1/4 cup of freshly brewed green tea with the same amount of water. Apply the combination of green tea and water with a cotton ball to the skin’s acne-prone areas and wash off with cold water after 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat this twice a day to get rid of skin acne.

Green Tea and Hair Growth 

It is the antioxidants in green tea that help stimulate hair growth. The catechins in green tea help prevent hair loss. Green tea also promotes new hair growth and even prevents common problems such as dryness and dandruff.

senior woman checking her hair for dandruffs

Method: After washing your hair, rinse your head with cooled freshly brewed green tea and rinse with cold water 10 minutes later. Repeat this 2-3 times a week for several months. You can also have healthier and fresher hair by drinking 2-3 cups of green tea a day.

Having Shiny Hairs with Green Tea

We lose the shine of our hair in old age. Besides strengthening the hair, green tea also increases the hair’s shine and freshness and protects the hair against contaminants and harmful cosmetics. Furthermore, green tea effectively maintains hair softness due to its panthenol, vitamins E and C.

Method: Soak 2 to 3 bags of green tea in 4 cups of hot water for 1 hour. Then remove the tea bags from the container and allow the green tea solution to cool well. Next, all you have to do is moisturize your hair a little and wash it with this solution. After 10 minutes, rinse your hair with cold water to stabilize the shine. You can repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Read More: Top Anti-aging Foods for Seniors

Protecting the Skin Against Sun Damage

Green tea protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. The tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols in green tea help soothe and heal sunburn because of their ability to neutralize the damage caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. According to a study published in 2011, green tea, due to its antioxidant epigallocatechin-3-gallate, can inhibit melanoma by inhibiting inflammation-causing genes.

Method: Brew 2 to 3 cups of green tea and refrigerate. Then soak a soft towel in the tea and place it on the sunburned parts of the skin. Repeat this 2-3 times a day to relieve the pain and redness caused by sunburn.

Final Words

Many research studies show that drinking green tea and applying it to the skin can significantly benefit seniors. Not only can green tea and green tea extract help with acne and help your skin look younger, but it also has the potential for helping to prevent various skin-related cancers.

Source healthline.com byrdie.com
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Rahim
Rahim
1 year ago

Hello, I have one question: which the difference between white tea and green tea? which one is better for our health? and what about black tea? black tea is really dangerous for our heart or not? I am so nervous about it because I used to drink 3 cups of black tea each day!

Bill
Bill
Reply to  Rahim
1 year ago

I think green teas are steamed or pan-fried after they are dried in the shadow. White tea is withered first in direct sunlight, then indoors. And I’m pretty sure they both contain the same nutrients and antioxidants. But in terms of health benefits, white tea has a higher level of antioxidants than green tea, so I think it is slightly more advantageous for health. About black tea, I think most people should be safe from its negative effects unless they consume more than five cups a day.

Julia Kc
Julia Kc
1 year ago

I used to drink green tea for weight loss. In my 20s, I lost more than 6 kilograms in two months just by drinking green tea with ginger. But since then, I haven’t been able to drink green tea again. I don’t know why, but the taste and the smell of green tea make me nauseous.

Jonathan
Jonathan
Reply to  Julia Kc
5 months ago

I am in somewhat the same situation as you, Julia. I used to drink green tea to help accelerate my weight loss. However, since I was looking for a more efficient way to get fit, I decided to go for intermittent fasting. Fortunately, teas don’t break one’s fast, so I thought it would be okay to have my green tea while I’m fasting to speed things up even more. I was wrong. Green tea causes an increase in stomach acid, which leads to nauseous feelings and stomachache if you have it with an empty stomach. The problem is I don’t particularly appreciate drinking tea right after eating food, which made me stop having green tea altogether.

Bernadette
Bernadette
1 year ago

I used the green tea bags to eliminate dark eye circles, and it really worked. I mean, I used it for a certain period every day, and after a while, I saw the darkness around my eyes reduced. Despite using it directly on the skin, I’ve heard that drinking green tea is beneficial for overall health and acts as a natural anticancer.

Luna
Luna
Reply to  Bernadette
7 months ago

I don’t recommend it. I used to apply green tea for my eye bags, but unfortunately, I was not satisfied with the result. I didn’t see any significant changes. I think it’s just like those other things that have got popular haphazardly.

Max.P
Max.P
Reply to  Luna
7 months ago

Green tea does magic! It eliminated all the dark circles and bags under my eyes. Are you sure that you were consistent in using?

Bravo
Bravo
7 months ago

I have three words for seniors out there: Green Tea Masks. They work like a charm. They smell nice and moisturize your skin like never before. I always gift a couple of them to my aunt whenever I visit her because I know she’s compassionate about her skin and wants to take care of it.

tracey
tracey
Reply to  Bravo
7 months ago

I agree with you, I’ve bought a green tea mask for my mother, and she is so satisfied because her skin feels fresh. It also fights wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and saggy skin, keeping it firm and healthy I recommend it to use more regularly for better results. Also, it’s good to know that Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG that fights DNA damage from UV rays to help prevent skin cancer.

Ryan
Ryan
7 months ago

Drinking green tea is common in my family. We never drink alcohol in our gatherings, and believe it or not, I’m in my 60s, and there’s no symptom of any disease.

Lily
Lily
7 months ago

I never thought it would, but it did work for me. It has antioxidants which pretty much cleanses the whole of your body!
I was addicted to coffee, but I felt the difference as soon as I made the switch from coffee to Green Tea.
Within a month, I noticed the change in my skin, and I have even started recommending it to all my friends. You can even put the brewed material on your skin!
Lauren Naturals has excellent organic teas on Amazon. I suggest using the keyword “probiotic detox tea” or “lauren naturals tea” to find their tea.

Liliane
Liliane
6 months ago

My mom’s hair is going thin, especially in the front part of her head. She’s used different remedies, but none has worked so far. She’s never tried green tea. As the article says, I wonder if anyone is trying green tea for hair growth and seeing any improvement?

Stella.J
Stella.J
5 months ago

Hi, I have a question. I have recently read that green tea can cause liver damage. Is this true?

Good Old Nathaniel
Good Old Nathaniel
4 months ago

Wow, I didn’t know that green tea is valuable and beneficial. It’s been two years since I began drinking it, but only because of its low caffeine and less yellow stain on my teeth than regular black tea. After reading this article, I’m going to love it even more!