September 08 2022 – Diana L
Your skin is a reflection of you.
The condition of your skin can say you're relaxed and eating right, or it can also say that you're tired or dehydrated. Tea is the perfect remedy for lack of energy, stress reduction, or curing a sore throat.
But did you know tea can also help give you a glowing complexion? If you're looking to improve the quality of your skin, this simple daily regimen can be the key your skin care regimen is missing. Let's take a look at how tea can benefit your skin.
Drinking enough water is just plain good for your body. And the largest organ in your body is your skin. A major cause of dull skin is dehydration. Water helps flush out impurities and improve your overall wellness.
All tea, whether black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong or rooibos can help keep your body hydrated. After all, tea is really 2% tea and 98% water!
Plus tea doesn't contain calories, sodium, or sugar like soda or those super-charged hydration sports drinks, making it a healthy hydration alternative.
Tea is simply a deliciously easy way to hydrate your skin with health-boosting nutrients. Tea is just as good for hydration as a cup of water, but you get the added benefits of antioxidants and flavors to excite your taste buds.
Collagen is quite the rockstar when people are discussing skin, specifically aging skin. Loaded with vitamins, amino acids, and catechins, drinking tea can help stimulate the production of collagen and support healthy skin cells.
The antioxidants in tea also help fight free radicals that attack the health of your skin under the guise of pollution, exposure to UV rays, and other environmental factors. Without the help of these antioxidants the oxidative stress caused by the free radicals is evidenced on your skin in the form of wrinkles, dark spots, dullness, and pure and simple signs of premature aging. The polyphenol EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) has been shown to fight free radical damage, and slow the formation of wrinkles.
Polyphenols are a prominent antioxidant found in tea. Studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits of polyphenols may also help with acne caused by oily skin by slowing excess oil production. Polyphenols also have been studied for their influence on better gut health which has direct ties to skin conditions such as acne, loss of collagen, and splotchy skin.
Tannins are another polyphenol present in tea that may help neutralize and combat the damage caused by free radicals.
Best Tea for Skin
Tea has a multitude of health benefits, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that improving skin condition is one of them. But is one tea better than another? With so many tea options available, let's jump into which is the best tea for skin.
Rooibos (or Red bush tea) contains a high level of antioxidants along with zinc and alpha-hydroxy acids that may help stop (or even reverse) fat loss under the skin. The presence of zinc also can help balance hormones responsible for acne breakouts.
Green tea contains a high level of ECGC, the polyphenol antioxidant that helps maintain skin cell health as well as providing anti-inflammatory properties that help rejuvenate damaged skin cells. Green tea can also help from the inside out by providing protection from sun damage due to UV radiation.
White tea is made from the youngest leaves, making it one of the purest and most powerful source of antioxidants of true teas. This purity gives white tea the power to revitalize the skin cells, and provide anti-aging benefits by preventing the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
Chamomile tea is not just the sleepy-time herbal tea that people think it is. The flavonoids and coumarin in Chamomile help prevent and reduce inflammation of acne or other types of skin inflammation such as eczema. As a stress-reliever tea, it also helps stop breakouts caused by stress. The calming power of chamomile works on your mind as well as calming your skin and allowing it to rejuvenate. Plus it gives your immune system an added boost.
Hibiscus tea is a naturally rich source of vitamins C, A, B1, B2, zinc, and iron which help create healthy glowing skin. The alpha hydroxy acids and omega-3 fatty acids in hibiscus tea are also key to healthy glowing skin.
Jasmine tea is made by infusing green or white tea with jasmine buds. Jasmine Pearls is a delicate Japanese tea made by hand-rolling young green tea leaves around one unopened night-blooming jasmine flower. Jasmine Silver Needle is one of the most expensive of the white teas as it is made only from the single tips of the tea stem, which when dried, look like silver needles. A delicate floral flavor is then created by lightly scenting the needles with exotic jasmine blossoms.
As with the other green and white teas, Jasmine tea contains polyphenols that provide the antioxidant power to help protect your skin cells from damage and slow the aging appearance of skin. The ECGC present in Jasmine tea helps create flawless skin by reducing oily skin and improving acne.
Time to put your best face forward.
Start drinking a few cups of tea to boost hydration, boost your antioxidants, and achieve a glowing complexion. As always, reach for loose leaf tea instead of tea bags to get the most benefit from your cup of tea. Your skin will thank you!