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White Tea Targets Wrinkles, Sagging Skin

Posted: August 13, 2009

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The researchers were blown away by exactly how well the white tea had performed. “We were testing very small amounts—far less than you would find in a drink,” Professor Naughton, one of the country’s leading specialists on inflammation, said. “The early indicators are that white tea reduces the risk of inflammation, which is characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers, as well as wrinkles.”

Eight of the other plants and herbs analyzed also helped protect against the breakdown of both elastin and collagen. After white tea, bladderwrack performed well, followed by extracts of cleavers, rose, green tea, angelica, anise and pomegranate.

Pauline Hili, PhD, technical director for Neal’s Yard Remedies, said, “We are really excited by this research as it helps us to remain innovative and at the cutting edge of natural skin care. Celebrating the plants used in the Neal’s Yard Remedies products and understanding their specific actions on the skin is what it is all about. The Kingston University research program helps us to create safe, highly effective and cutting-edge products so it’s an ideal partnership for us.”

Journal reference: TSA Thring, P Hili, DP Naughton. Anti-collagenase, anti-elastase and anti-oxidant activities of extracts from 21 plants. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2009, 9:27 (Aug 4, 2009)

Adapted from materials provided by Kingston University, via AlphaGalileo.