Applications of Tea ( Camellia sinensis) and its Active Constituents in Cosmetics

Molecules. 2019 Nov 24;24(23):4277. doi: 10.3390/molecules24234277.


Studies on the cosmetic applications of plant extracts are increasingly appearing in the scientific literature, which is due to the growing popularity of skincare products around the world. In the light of the observed changes, a return to natural treatment and skincare with cosmetics free of harmful substances or toxic preservatives is visible. Currently, tea extracts, due to their rich composition and various biological actions, play an important role among the dietary supplements and cosmetics. This review is intended to collect the reports on the properties of the tea plant, its extracts and preparations in cosmetology: for skin care products and for the treatment of selected dermatological diseases. Particular attention is paid to its antioxidant, anti-hyaluronidase, anti-inflammatory, slimming, hair-strengthening, photoprotective and sealing blood vessels properties.

Keywords: Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze; Theaceae; catechins; dermatology; skin care cosmetics; tea plant.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / chemistry
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / pharmacology
  • Antioxidants / chemistry
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Camellia sinensis / chemistry*
  • Cosmetics / chemistry*
  • Cosmetics / pharmacology
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Phytochemicals / chemistry*
  • Phytochemicals / pharmacology
  • Plant Extracts / chemistry
  • Skin Care


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Cosmetics
  • Phytochemicals
  • Plant Extracts