6 Teas With Skin Boosting Benefits
“Tea is a superstar in the natural skin-care world,” says Theresa Krier, founder of Big T NYC, a brand that makes curated and bespoke teas. “It’s packed with a host of vitamins, amino acids, and catechins that work holistically to slow ageing, stimulate collagen production, reduce body fat, and maintain healthy skin cells. Tea also combats dehydration, a major culprit of dull skin.”
Rooibos is actually a major player in anti-aging. It's high levels of antioxidants, zinc, and alpha-hydroxy acids give it the ability to prevent and reverse fat loss under the skin. Rooibos tea’s also rich in zinc, which can help correct hormonal imbalances that trigger acne.
White tea is essentially the most pure of all teas. In general, white tea is considered more rare than other teas because you’re taking the youngest leaves off of the plant, Because of this purity, it contains the highest level of antioxidants of all teas.
Though green tea is from the same plant as white, it has nuanced differences that affect your glow in other ways. Green tea reduces inflammation, maintains healthy skin cells, and can help internally protect against sun damage caused by UV radiation, that’s because of its high presence of ECGC, a super-potent antioxidant that is known to reactivate dying skin cell.
If you tend to get hormonal acne, reach for the minty tea. Spearmint has an anti-androgenic effect that can help improve hormonal imbalances and prevent the production of excess sebum on the skin, it also contains both phenolic acids and flavonoids, two forms of antioxidants that help prevent oxidative damage. In other words, it protects your skin from free radicals which leads to acne.
When you think of chamomile tea, you probably think of warming up to a mug right before sleep.That’s because chamomile has antispasmodic, anxiolytic, antibacterial, and anti-mutagenic effects, the active ingredients include anti-inflammatory flavonoids and coumarin, which help prevent and reduce inflammatory acne lesions. And it’s a stress-reliever (thanks to its anxiolytic and antioxidant effects), which aids with stress acne.
The beautiful red floral tea is rich in vitamins, which can aid in achieving that sought-after glow. Hibiscus is very high in vitamin C, and is a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, zinc, and iron It has natural alpha hydroxy acids and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails. Tea time, anyone?