Spring calls for a relaxing time drinking tea, but have you ever wondered about the benefits of tea for skin?
Tea is the world's second most consumed beverage, surpassed by water. Originating from the Camellia sinensis plant, various harvesting and processing techniques yield diverse types of tea.
Did you know that tea is a rich source of antioxidants, which can help to protect our skin against the damaging effects of free radicals?
These harmful molecules are generated by our environment, including the sun's UV rays, pollution, and cigarette smoke; these can speed up the aging process by damaging our skin's DNA, proteins, and cell membranes.
Consuming or applying tea to your skin may harness its potent antioxidant power to help neutralize these free radicals and keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.
Continue reading to discover a list of tea ingredients and their benefits to skin health.
Tea comes in many forms, each with its unique composition of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.
For example, green tea contains high levels of catechins, which may improve skin hydration, elasticity, and roughness, as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
White tea, on the other hand, is rich in polyphenols, which may help to reduce inflammation and protect against UV damage.
Black tea contains theaflavins that may promote skin cell regeneration and enhance the complexion.
Aside from drinking tea, there are plenty of ways to incorporate it into your skincare routine.
Antioxidant intake protects the skin from free radical damage. If you haven’t heard, free radicals are unstable molecules that cause a harmful chain reaction that accelerates signs of aging - fine lines and wrinkles.
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Tea consumption can contribute to tighter, firmer skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
Apart from tea, these herbal ingredients are available in oils too, which concentrate their properties. Incorporate teas into your skincare regimen!
Try some of these herb ingredients to enhance your skin health. More research is needed to make claims, but ancient practices back the beneficial properties of these.
With a mild and enjoyable taste, Chamomile tea has many beneficial properties. From the dried flowers of the chamomile plant, this herbal tea packs nutrients and antioxidants that can improve your skin health.
Rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential oils that harness powerful antioxidant effects. Regular consumption of this tea can help counteract the negative impact of free radicals on your skin cells.
The anti-inflammatory property soothes inflammation or redness caused by sunburns, eczema, rashes, or other skin conditions. This herbal tea also helps boost collagen production to improve skin tightness.
Consuming chamomile tea helps enhance your natural complexion by giving it a healthy and radiant glow. It also can reduce dark under-eye circles when applied topically with cotton balls.
Whether having problems sleeping or being out all night, chamomile tea bags can reduce the puffiness of your eyes.
You can also create your homemade mask by mixing 1 cup of brewed chamomile tea with two tablespoons of honey and lemon juice!
Jasmine is an ingredient in a fragrant and tasty beverage, but it also contains minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and antibacterial properties ideal for a healthy immune system.
Its anti-inflammatory properties can soothe irritation, reduce redness, and calm irritation.
Consuming 2 to 3 cups of jasmine tea can improve skin glow and prevent aging signs.
You can also create your rejuvenating facial oil with drops of jasmine, rose, lavender, and frankincense essential oil; don’t forget the carrier oil - argan, rosehip, or any of your choosing.
A staple herb in the kitchen, have you wondered what else oregano (Origanum Vulgare) can provide?
It is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and natural antiseptic compounds that help alleviate skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Moreover, oregano fights bacteria, relieves inflammation, regulates blood sugar and lipids, and may even fight cancer.
Make some oregano tea, and save the leaves to make a facial scrub. Leave it on for five minutes. You can mix it with honey if the smell isn’t to your taste. Drink oregano tea twice a week for its abundant benefits.
Get oregano fresh, dried, or as an oil; easy to add to your diet.
The most popular for its benefits, green tea (Camellia Sinensis) is a powerful ingredient for skincare due to its high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-atherosclerosis, and anti-myocardial infarction properties.
It can help protect the skin from environmental damage, reduce redness, improve skin texture, and even protect against signs of aging.
Steep one teaspoon of loose leaf or two tea bags in hot water for 3-5 minutes and then apply it to the face with a cotton pad as a toner or use it as a facial steam.
Improve skin tone and texture, reduced pigmentation, inflammation, and pore size, and protect from free radicals.
Aspalathus Linearis is another potent herbal with notable antioxidants; quercetin and aspalathin.
It beholds 50% more antioxidants than green tea and has no oxalic acid.
Drinking rooibos can increase overall wellness. However, topical use can improve the appearance of wrinkles. Rooibos provides the nutrients to keep your skin and hair youthful.
Apart from being loaded with antioxidants - catechins and polyphenols - Black tea is rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium - all contribute to skin health by improving texture and reducing pigmentation.
Did you know that black tea contains more caffeine than green tea? Sharing similar benefits, but high quantities can have one to experience insomnia, anxiety, irritability, or an upset stomach.
Regular use, whether in tea or topical, can enhance skin and hair health.
Cultivated for centuries for culinary and medicinal benefits, Dandelion tea is a good source of magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamins A, K, and beta-carotene.
What can dandelion tea do for the skin? It may enhance skin hydration and help collagen production - offering anti-aging benefits.
The nutritional properties of dandelion tea contribute to skin health by improving texture and reducing pigmentation.
Drink it warm or use it topically after letting it cool in your skin or hair.
The strong taste of ginger is beloved in dishes - it is a great spice! The properties of ginger can provide nutrients to your skin. Vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B3, B6, and C, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, and folate, to name a few.
Using ginger tea for the skin can improve collagen production, reduce excessive oil, help dead skin cells, treat acne, and moisturize your skin.
Give it a try. Heat some water to brew ginger tea. Serve a cup and use the rest to rinse either your face, hair, or both.
Ah, peppermint tea! This refreshing and invigorating beverage has gained quite a following in recent years - for a good reason! Not only does it taste great, but it offers some health benefits.
Ancient times used it for its medicinal properties, and modern times hold it dear still.
Besides being delicious, peppermint tea contains vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and vitamin B2, which support a healthy system.
But what about its benefits for the skin, you ask? Its anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce redness and irritation, while its natural cooling effect can calm and soothe the skin.
Regular consumption of peppermint tea may improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles - a true win-win.
Are you looking for a caffeine-free beverage that tastes great but also offers skin health benefits? Give peppermint tea a try. Your taste buds - and your skin - will glow!
The sophisticated and nuanced oolong tea is a traditional Chinese tea, and its popularity only seems to grow with time. But what makes Oolong so sought after?
One reason is its taste. Oolong tea is known for its complex flavor profile that can vary from sweet and fruity to nutty and floral, depending on the specific variety. It also has a unique mouthfeel, often described as smooth and silky.
It comes from the same plant as black and green teas but with a different process for the leaves. Green tea is not allowed to oxidate as much as black tea and oolong tea is between these two methods.
But beyond its taste, Oolong tea contains antioxidants that can help protect the body from harmful free radicals and vitamins and minerals.
The antioxidants in Oolong tea help reduce inflammation and cell damage, which can help prevent wrinkles and sun damage. It may help regulate sebum production, benefiting those with oily or acne-prone skin.
A home remedy for skin health is to make a facial scrub using Oolong tea leaves, honey, and a small amount of olive oil. Simply mix the ingredients and gently massage into your skin before rinsing off with warm water.
Exfoliate and nourish the skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed.
A vibrant and earthy powder staple of Japanese culture for centuries, Matcha tea’s popularity has spread thanks to its unique flavor and remarkable nutritional properties.
Matcha Green Tea comes from finely ground green tea leaves, which are shade-grown to boost their chlorophyll, theanine, caffeine, and various catechins. Then the powder is whisked with hot water to make a delicious beverage.
It is considered the highest quality tea for its unique chemical composition and flavor.
Regular consumption may have positive effects on physical and mental health.
But what about the benefits of matcha tea for the skin?
Similar to black and green tea, matcha tea has high amounts of substances with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It helps blood circulation, increases collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, cleanses, and aids in oil control.
Do you want to incorporate matcha tea into your skincare routine? Do a face mask using matcha powder, honey, and yogurt. Mix the ingredients and apply to your face, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Enjoy its delicious flavor while nourishing your body and giving your skin a healthy glow.
A spice from India and Southeast Asia, turmeric was used for centuries in cuisine and medicinal practices. In modern times, it is still prominent.
The spice is from the rhizomes (underground stems) of the Curcuma longa plant, and its bright yellow-orange color and earthy, slightly bitter flavor are characteristics.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent and is linked to improvements in conditions like arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease, as well as a reduced risk of certain types of cancer.
The curcumin properties can help reduce redness, irritation, and other signs of inflammation on the skin. Turmeric has antibacterial properties that may help fight acne and other skin conditions.
How to incorporate turmeric into your skincare routine? Make a face mask using turmeric powder, honey, and almond milk. Apply the paste to the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Turmeric can stain clothing and surfaces, so be cautious and wash your face well to avoid any residual staining.
A popular spice for its warm, comforting flavor and aroma, Cinnamon is from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree, with a background for thousands of years in culinary and medicinal purposes.
Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, cinnamon may help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
Did you know that cinnamon’s potential health benefits include improving heart health, blood sugar management, and even protection against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?
Cinnamon benefits the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce redness and inflammation, making it a remedy for conditions like eczema and acne.
It's worth noting that cinnamon can irritate some skin types, so perform a patch test when using cinnamon topically. Or use a moderate amount of cinnamon powder to create a natural scrub or to wash your hair.
Remember, high in antioxidants can help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, which can contribute to premature aging.
Cinnamon tea intake should be low since a higher dosage can lead to health problems such as liver damage, cancer, low blood sugar, or breathing issues.
The antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, vitamins, and minerals found in different teas have a wide range of benefits, including reduced redness, irritation, and signs of aging; improved elasticity and hydration; and protection against UV damage and other environmental stressors.
Regardless of your preferred type of tea, whether green tea, black tea, chamomile tea, or any other variety, you can enjoy them as a drink or as a tea-based toner by soaking teabags and applying them to your skin with a cotton pad or a natural facial scrub with the used teabags, to soothe and refresh your complexion.
These are also available in essential oils allowing plenty of ways of usage.
Either drink it, apply it topically, or use it in your skincare products. Boost your skin health and keep signs of aging at bay with tea!
Reap the many benefits this versatile beverage offers!
Further reading? Read 11 Powerful Herbs with Healing Properties.
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