Teas offer us so many health benefits—inside and out. Some teas can reduce bad cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. But, did you know that teas are also great for our skin? There are so many to choose from and each work in their own special way to keep your skin looking beautiful. And, you can drink, apply directly to your skin, or use extracts to see the benefits.
Sleep is imperative for glowing skin, which may make chamomile the most popular tea for skin. When we aren’t sleeping well, the mirror will show you the effects. Next time you see dark circles creeping up, put some chamomile tea bags on your eyes to calm puffiness and the tired look. It’s relaxing properties also make this a great tea for red, irritated skin. And not only does chamomile promote relaxation and sleep, it’s full of quercetin, which protects your skin from the sun’s harmful damage.
Not only does it smell beautiful, jasmine tea actually has antiviral and antibacterial properties to keep your immune system healthy. It can prevent the signs of ageing and even treat skin conditions like eczema and acne by reducing oil production and balancing hormones.
Green tea is also packed full of sun-fighting agents. Too much sun exposure can increase your risk for skin cancer and quickly age your skin. Green tea’s free radical-fighting catechins, EGCG, can reduce skin damage and prevent wrinkle formation. These powerful catechins have also been shown to revive dying skin cells and promote healthy new cells.
Also known as the Red Bush Tea, rooibos has been used for thousands of years in South Africa and can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions. It’s thought that the flavonoids in rooibos fight unwanted pathogens and can keep eczema and acne flare-ups at bay. This red tea even fights against ageing signs, thanks to superoxide dismutase. It works to neutralise free radicals and slow the appearance of fine lines.
Packed with antioxidants, black tea fights free radicals in the body and slow the signs of ageing. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and encourages a healthy immune system due to the high caffeine levels, which can prevent colds and viruses that negatively affect our skin. Next time you’re thinking about enjoying a cup of tea, try applying a cool black tea rinse directly to the face.
So are you ready to ditch the cream for some tea treatments?