Put down that saucer cups and get chugging — tea is officially splendid. As we all know, tea is one of the most popular beverages known in the world. We love to drink it, share a cup with our friends and family, it’s good for our health and comforting in times we feel overwhelmed. There are no limits for what we could use tea in our everyday life. Tea is good for our overall physiological and physical wellbeing. An increasing amount of scientific research testifies to the health benefits of all kinds of tea, black, green, white and others.
We all love a cup of tea, but are there any beauty benefits we get from it? Good looks come from a cup, we say.
This is going to be a treat for those of you who love organic, natural or homemade beauty remedies. This is not brand new information, though. Cosmetic companies have been adding tea to their skin care products for years. With summer here we all would want to look our best and the good news is that tea can help.
Healthy hair and skin are hallmarks of South Asian, Chinese and Japanese women that can be attributed to both their heritage and habits. After it was discovered more than 5,000 years ago, tea became a staple in the diet of these nations. Although this ancient elixir has become quite easy to find anywhere in the world its many benefits are still relatively under wraps. Whether you sip it, slather it on or pop it in a pill form, tea offers numerous ways to keep your body healthy and your skin radiant.
Good hydration is important for the health of all our body organs, tissues and cells. When summer comes and the sun shines it can be all too easy to forget about fluid intake. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition, even mild dehydration can affect cognition, concentration, the general ability to think clearly and development of headaches. Poor hydration can also have an impact on our skin health.
TV presenter and TAP dietician Lynne Garton notes: “Unfortunately, media reports sometimes suggest that water is the only method of hydration while suggesting that other drinks such as tea are not as effective for hydration because they contain caffeine. However, this idea is a myth and it is not backed up by research. Tea is equally as hydrating to water which good news is given that tea is so popular and even better news for our skin health.” We are now hearing that drinking tea, especially green tea, may even be better than drinking water alone, since tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants. Of course this is where the caffeine- free part comes in. Caffeine is a diuretic, wouldn’t work out so well for hydration, so let’s stick to our tea.
Why all the buzz about green tea? Because this leaf reportedly has the highest levels of powerful antioxidants. According to Dr. Saverio Bettuzzi from the University of Parma in Italy, epigallocatechin gallate is a powerful antioxidant found in green tea that prevents matrix metalloproteinase, a collagen-digesting enzyme from activating and wrinkling the skin. In addition to drinking green tea, applying products with green tea extract can fight free radical damage and turn back the clock on your skin’s aging process. When applied to the skin, polyphenol particles in green tea called tannins act as an astringent to provide tightening and anti-inflammatory results. That’s a lot of power to pack into one cup, don’t you think? And this is why you will see green tea in skin care products as well. It’s one powerful antioxidant when used topically as well!
But what about other teas? Are they also full of the awesome benefits of polyphenols? The answer is yes! All teas, even with caffeine, contain polyphenols, however the types in each tea vary. Black, green, red, white, oolong, and herbal, all have their own benefits. Add in fruit, medicinal herbs, even flowers, and you have a potent cupful of healing liquid. There are actually many plant-based botanicals that are excellent for balancing and correcting skin conditions. These herbals can promote detoxification and support the health and appearance of your skin. Not only can you drink these teas, you can use them as a facial steam or add them to your bath water for a luxurious, healing soak.
Have u heard of the Rooibos tea which originally comes from Cedarberg Mountains in South Africa? This tea has long been used in traditional South African medicine, where it is claimed to treat all manner of skin problems. It has a soothing effect on the skin, it helps relieve itching and other related skin irritations such as acne, eczema, sunburns, itchy rashes, allergic reactions and general irritations. Rooibos tea is high in antioxidants called flavonoids and flavonoids have anti-inflammatory effects and reduce allergic responses and histamine release. Next to its anti-inflammatory effects, the high amount of anti-oxidants in rooibos will also help delay the early signs of aging.
Chamomile tea, a derivative of chamomile flower, has long been recognized for its medicinal and beauty benefits. Chamomile has natural anti-inflammatory properties, and is wonderful for red, dry skin and eczema. Chamomile is related to the daisy, and this tiny white flower can also help improve digestive health as well. Poor digestion is often a source of skin irritations so a daily probiotic is recommend for optimal skin health. It is also good for an all natural skin-bleach. Lightening your tone and moisturizing your skin, leaving you with a healthy natural glow. Not just fighting acne, this tea can also help eliminate acne scars too. Protecting your skin from any free radical damaging, you can also prevent any premature aging, along with turning it around.
Tea, especially white and green is high in antioxidants, which can help with acne and inflamed skin. It also hydrates the skin and body, which is especially essential in the summer months. As well as consuming the liquid goodness, you can add shine and brightness to your locks. Its summer and sunburns are almost guaranteed to happen. This year, sooth those aches with tea! A cold compress made from tea bags can help relieve the pain and reduce redness quickly. And don’t toss those used sachets of Earl Grey! Reduce puffy eyes and dark under eye circles with cool Early Grey tea bags. The caffeine helps shrink blood vessels under the skin and eliminate those pesky dark circles. Not only will your hair be shinier, but using green tea will also help it grow stronger and can reduce shedding and dandruff. Here’s a quick guide if you’re looking to enhance your color: blondes should use chamomile, redheads should go for rooibos and brunettes ought to opt for black tea. Create a color-boosting hair rinse!
Tea is also great essence for relaxation and rejuvenation. The first thing you want to do after a long day’s work is get into a hot bath and just soak there for an hour, right? Enjoy it with some natural aroma therapy by adding leaves or tea bags to your bath water. Chamomile or lavender is very relaxing or other fragrant teas that you like. You can also add flowers, like rose petals, or spices, or just brew a cup of tea and pour it into the bath. By now, you may know the wonders green tea can do to your skin, so you can use it here too.
With the rise in tea’s popularity over the past few years, the flavours are seriously endless these days. Whether you like fruity and sweet, spicy, or good old black, there truly is a tea for everyone. So it’s time to start including teas to your beauty regimen. Beauty-lovers! go get yourself a cup of tea. Your skin and hair will thank you.
So are you ready to swap the morning cup of joe for the leafy alternative? All for the incredible beauty benefits hidden in your favorite teas!