We know that tea offers a host of health benefits. If you read our last blog post on Turmeric Tea, then you may have caught a tidbit in there about how it improves your skin. Since we’re in the middle of the season that leaves everything dry – especially our hands and face – we thought we’d feature a few of the teas that improve the glow and luster of our skin.
Black tea is full of antioxidant properties that fight free radicals and slow aging. According to Hello Glow, “It has anti-inflammatory properties and encourages a healthy immune system.” The caffeine levels present in black tea can prevent you from catching viruses that negatively affect your skin. Take a look at our selection of black teas, and apply a cool black tea rinse directly on your face.
Chamomile tea promotes sleep, and sleep improves skin. Sleep deprivation can wreak havoc on our skin, causing puffiness and dark undereye circles. Chamomile tea bags placed under your eyes can calm puffiness. The tea’s relaxing properties can also reduce redness and irritation in your skin. The quercetin found in chamomile tea not only supports relaxation and sleep, but also protects your skin from sun damage.
Ginger tea is most well-known for aiding with digestion, but has a slew of other benefits for the skin. It contains antioxidants called gingerols that reduce inflammation and fight free radicals. And Livestrong.com states that the tea also improves circulation, prevents dermatitis and reduces the appearance of spider and varicose veins.
Green tea is full of agents that fight the sun’s rays. Hello Glow also explains that, “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.”
Just when you thought Matcha tea couldn’t possibly offer more benefits, we’ve discovered that Matcha treats inflammation, improves complexion, diminishes the signs of aging, and treats oily skin – along with other skin types. Matcha Obsessed shared that, “Matcha powder has remarkable properties to keep your complexion fresh and healthy. Not only does it reduce inflammation, it offers a one-two punch for the skin to exfoliate and eliminate dead skin cells, then rejuvenate the underlying skin to improve your complexion.”
While Matcha powder is starting to become common in face masks, creams, and lotions, you can still reap all its benefits by drinking a cup a day.
Peppermint tea contains menthol, which slows oil production and encourages cell turnover. This process eliminates dead cells so your skin stays consistently glowing. It can also boost estrogen levels, which fight acne. It can be used as a natural solution to clear up acne on the face and body, as well as soothe rashes and burns. Next time you take a bath, try adding peppermint tea to your bath water!
White tea has more antioxidants than green tea and has the highest catechin content! Hello Glow explains that, “This is because it’s the least processed type of tea. It has great antibacterial properties that can fight several types of skin conditions. Our skin contains an enzyme, matrix metalloproteinases (MMP), which increases with age. White tea prevents the increased levels of MMP from decreasing collagen and elastin—both necessary for healthy skin.”
So next time you’re considering going into the spa for an expensive facial – perhaps pick up a cup of tea instead! It’s a low-cost, natural, and delicious way to improve your skin in a multitude of ways. Start your new skin care regime with Soirée Tea today!