Tea for Beauty: Skin Benefits from Different Kinds of Tea
Is there something that tea cannot do? On all fronts, it seems to be the best super food for the body. The skin in particular benefits immensely from it, no matter which type of tea you drink or which tea-laden skin product you use, like Innisfree’s The Green Tea Seed Serum. From cleaning up oily skin to fighting signs of skin aging, there is a nice cup of tea that does the job for you. Below are some of the best teas to start with.
1. Chamomile tea
Brew a cup before bedtime and wake up with radiant skin the next day. Chamomile tea promotes sleep and relaxation - both great for the skin. With this tea, it’s easy to make the redness, irritation, and the tired look disappear. Used tea bags can be cooled in the refrigerator and placed on the eyes to calm puffiness and reduce dark circles. Further, chamomile tea has a substance called quercetin that helps protect the skin against sun damage. A single cup of this tea can give you a lot of beauty benefits.
2. Jasmine tea
It’s not too hard to think of beauty with just one whiff of jasmine tea. This tea, just like the plant’s flower, smells wonderful, but it has more than just its scent going for it. Jasmine tea is filled with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It lifts the immune system, which also benefits the skin, protecting it from conditions like eczema and acne. It also plays a role in reducing oil production and balancing hormones.
3. Green tea
A much lauded tea for weight loss, green tea also packs a punch when it comes to caring for the skin. It has EGCG, a free-radical fighting catechin that prevents wrinkle formation and skin damage. It works by reviving dying skin cells and encouraging new cells to grow. Plus it also protects the skin from sun damage. For all its worth, green tea is your anti-aging best friend!
4. Red bush tea
Originating from South Africa, red bush tea or rooibos is rich in flavonoids that help soothe a variety of skin conditions. It is particularly helpful for people who frequently suffer from eczema and acne flare-ups. Also, its superoxide dismutase content controls free radicals that are responsible for the development of fine lines. So when you look in the mirror and see signs of aging, head to the kitchen and prepare your kettle!
5. Black tea
Black tea is probably one of the most highly consumed teas in the world. Here are more reasons to keep drinking. Black tea is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals and help reverse the signs of aging. Moreover, it has healthy levels of caffeine that prevents cold and viruses that make the skin appear dull and dry. It keeps inflammatory diseases at bay, too, so you won’t need to worry about that next acne breakout.
6. Peppermint tea
Tired of an oily T-zone? Drink more peppermint tea! The menthol in this tea slows oil production and encourages cell turnover. This results to the faster removal of dead skin cells, making your skin glow more and look fresher. Also, if you are having hormonal problems, peppermint tea has been known to increase estrogen and fight acne.
7. White tea
It may come as a surprise that white tea has more antioxidants and catechins than green tea. It is the least processed type of tea, which means it keeps majority of its natural goodness. The most potent is its ability to fight matrix metalloproteinases, an enzyme that’s found on the skin and accumulates with age. This enzyme destroys collagen and elastin, substances that you need for healthy and younger-looking skin. Thankfully, you can increase your white tea consumption and leave it to work against this harmful enzyme.