What Does EGCG Do For Skin?

What Does EGCG Do For Skin?

EGCG, formally known as epigallocatechin gallate and is a plant-based compound called catechin. Used in health supplements and skincare products this rich antioxidant provides a lot of beneficial properties for your skin and overall health. EGCG is found in green tea extract, which you have no doubt heard of and seen in an array of products from tea, to face masks. So let’s dive into more details about this powerhouse ingredient.

What is EGCG?

You will find EGCG in the more commonly known as green tea extract, EGCG has been credited for its antioxidant abilities to prevent any skin-damaging free radicals to find their way onto your face and cause a huge number of problems. Pollution, environmental stresses, even UV rays target the skin and cause damage resulting in premature ageing, blemishes, uneven skin tone and texture. It is thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant traits of EGCG that make it one of the lesser-known but ultimately adored skincare ingredient.

What is EGCG in skincare?

Rich and nourishing to the skin EGCG combats a number of skin concerns and demonstrates a wide selection of healing properties such as:

  • Anti-oxidant- When an antioxidant is a key ingredient in a skincare product you will find that any concerns with ageing, dullness and blemishes become less noticeable and are treated effectively in rapid time. It’s similar to wearing a raincoat in a sudden downpour meaning your skin is protected from anything that may encounter throughout the day.
  • Anti-inflammatory- This will help keep the skin calm and other concerns such as redness reduced. Ideal for combating breakouts by decreasing the size and redness often found with active spots and acne.
  • Anti-androgenic- This means that the lipids levels in the skin are lowered and excess sebum is reduced and prevented from clogging pores. This results in breakouts, such as spots and blackheads are reduced due to EGCG slowing down the development of spots.

There are the key benefits of EGCG that will help keep your skin looking healthy and feeling balanced with great clarity and smooth complexion. You may notice that green tea extract is usually found in serum or face mask. Simply drinking a green tea in the mornings you will also do the world of good for your skin.

Is EGCG safe?

Yes, EGCG is relatively safe to use as long as you follow the supplement intake instructions and do not exceed the daily dosage. In regards to EGCG found in skincare, there are no side effects to the skin if you have performed a 24-hour patch test to ensure your skin can cope and have the tolerance for green tea extract. If you have any concerns with using EGCG it is advised to have a consultation with your GP or dermatologist before applying any product to the entire face.

What is green tea extract?

Green tea extract is a supplement derived from the green tea plant. There are several compounds concentrates found in it such as antioxidants, polyphenols and vitamins. You will find green tea extract is a herbal tea to drink, in capsules and powder form. It is with the latter you must be cautious of over-consuming as green tea powder can cause some problems with the liver and how it functions properly.

You will also find that green tea extract is found in skincare products that have been formulated to help with problematic, blemish-prone skin due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can protect the skin and reduce the size of spots whilst calming any redness to the skin.

How can I use green tea on my face?

There are a few ways of including green tea extract in your skincare routine. You may find there is green tea extract in some of your tried and tested products, it is available in a variety of different ones, from face mist, serums, face masks and washes.

There are also various at-home recipes for you to try which you will find an abundance of online, one of the most popular being ice cubes of green tea rubbed onto the face during your morning routine. The cold from the ice cube will help with puffiness and the antioxidant benefits of the green tea will help protect the skin from premature ageing, UV damage, redness and irritation. Not to mention the high effectiveness of fighting off any spot-causing bacteria.

Is EGCG the same as green tea extract?

You will find EGCG is a plant-based compound, commonly known as catechins, is found in green tea extract. One won’t exist without the other and can benefit the skin through topical application and from ingesting it in your diet. There has been no evidence to show that consuming green tea as a drink throughout the day will cause any side effects but instead will allow your body to absorb the EGCG quicker, some people are known to drink two or four cups of green tea a day, though due to it not having the same amount of caffeine in it as regular tea or coffee, green tea will not have the added energy boost.

EGCG is high performing and benefits the skin many ways, it can come in many forms so finding the best product, supplement or tea that suits you and your lifestyle. Much like everything new you are introducing into your diet and to your skin, consult your doctor or dermatologist for more advice on the best steps forward. Now, please excuse us as we go and put the kettle on!


Popular dose of skincare tips, tricks, and ingredient recommendations.

What Is the Best Oil for Your Hair?

We are all seeking that one product that makes our hair look shiny, full of bounce and health and not too long ago you would only be able to achieve this with a visit to your hairdresser. Luckily f...
Sep 16, 2020  by  Jessica

What Is Zinc And What Are Its Skincare Benefits?

The funny thing about zinc is that we all know it, or at least recognise the name. But believe it or not there are a lot of benefits to using zinc for skincare, be it in supplement form or in topic...
Sep 15, 2020  by  Jessica

How Many Types Of Hyaluronic Acid Are There?

We have shared with you our love for hyaluronic acid in the past, it is a truly remarkable skincare ingredient that boasts a lot of benefits, such as smoothing out the appearance of fine lines, loc...
Sep 11, 2020  by  Jessica

What Is Glycerin And What Are Its Skincare Benefits?

Today we are introducing you to an ingredient that you may have heard of before but may have underestimated in how powerful it is and the impressive results delivered in your everyday skincare rout...
Sep 9, 2020  by  Jessica

Skincare Advice During Pregnancy

It's only once you are expecting that you realise how much hormones affect the body. There are many changes to the skin, from increased pigmentation, also known as the mask of pregnancy, drier skin...
Sep 3, 2020  by  Jessica

How Do You Deep Clean Your Pores?

There has been some time throughout our lives that we have had an obsession when it comes to our pores. It’s amazing to think just how quickly they can become clogged and if we dare look using a ma...
Sep 2, 2020  by  Jessica

What Is Aloe Vera And What Are Its Skincare Benefits?

Aloe vera may not have the regular appearance of an outstanding skincare ingredient, but nesting in between the luscious green stems lays a supercharged hydrating jelly-like substance that has been...
Aug 28, 2020  by  Jessica

Which Anti-Pollution Mask is Best?

With sales in anti-pollution skincare products increasing to over 75% last year it is very much apparent we have all realised that pollution has a huge impact on your skin, and we are prepared to t...
Aug 25, 2020  by  Jessica

What is The Best Lip Treatment for Dry Lips?

Dry lips are a real pain, and sadly, they won’t be cured in just one day. Patience, attention and time are the keys to helping dry lips. But it’s not all doom and gloom, we have found the best trea...
Aug 24, 2020  by  Jessica

What Is Bakuchiol and What Are Its Skincare Benefits?

Bakuchiol is a potent antioxidant and can help the skin with a multitude of concerns. It has a long-established history of being used throughout traditional Chinese medicine and is gradually making...
Aug 24, 2020  by  Jessica

What is Marula Oil and What Are It’s Skincare Benefits?

If you haven’t heard of Marula oil before it’s nothing to be ashamed about as it is the new trending ingredient making its way into our skin and hair routines. So stick around if you want to find o...
Aug 21, 2020  by  Jessica

How Do I Get Rid of Deep Wrinkles Around My Mouth?

Old is the goal, or so the famous saying goes. But you wouldn’t be blamed for not wanting to actually look old which is why we are here to today to share with you our advice on how to get rid of wr...
Aug 20, 2020  by  Jessica


Treat your skin today with one of our best-selling skincare products.


Treat your skin today with one of our best-selling bodycare products.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published