There is nothing more comforting in the winter months than cozying up with a hot cup of tea.
Why not try swapping out your regular tea with a herbal one so your skin can feel the benefit too?
Here is a list of some of the most effective teas for skin health.
1. Green Tea
It’s well reported that Green Tea is a great overall tea as its high in antioxidants that have many health benefits such as: improved brain function, fat loss, protecting against cancer and lowering the risk of heart disease. So switching a cup of your normal black tea each day to a cup of green tea would be a great small change to make towards your overall health.
How can it benefit your skin?
The main benefit is an antioxidant, green tea helps protect your skin from damaging environmental stressors. These stressors can damage the skin and lead to common signs of ageing.
Green tea also contains EGCG which is a very powerful antioxidant that has a soothing effect on skin. It’s considered one of green tea’s most effective elements.
Green tea also brightens the skin. Unlike black tea, green tea contains vitamin C, which is proven to brighten skin and even skin tone. On top of this Green Tea is also anti-ageing due to it naturally containing vitamin B2. Also known as riboflavin, B2 helps temporarily firm and tighten the skin.
As well as vitamins C & B2 it also contains vitamin A, which is known for its power to improve the texture of your skin.
Full of vitamin B3, or niacin as it’s called, green tea is said to lessen the appearance of redness in faces that easily flush. Green tea can also help to balance oil. As we mentioned earlier it contains EGCG which is also thought to help control excessive oil in the skin.
WOW, thats a lot of benefits and a lot of vitamins.
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2. Chamomile Tea
Most of us associate chamomile tea with a soothing, relaxing tea, used to help aid sleep and relaxation. But, it is so much more than that.
Some studies have found it benefits in treating diabetes and even cancer treatment and prevention.
The benefit on skin is also impressive. Those of us with sensitive skin will benefit from Chamomile the most. It can alleviate redness because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Dr. Zeichner explains ‘ "There is basic science research showing that chamomile helps block signals in the body known as prostaglandins, which are responsible for inflammation. This makes chamomile a great ingredient for people who have sensitive skin, as well as inflammatory conditions like rosacea,”
As we already mentioned, Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can help to protect against long-term and short-term skin inflammation such as sunburn.
Chamomile is packed with nutrients known as flavonoids and phytochemicals. These two nutrients are proven to fight against harmful free radicals and speed up cell regeneration, thereby improving the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and even scars!
3. Jasmine Tea
The subtle taste of jasmine makes it one of our favourite teas to drink. Jasmine is part of the white tea family and is sweet and fragrant in taste.
Jasmine tea, like green tea is packed with antioxidants, and has also been linked to many impressive health benefits such as lowering your risk of heart disease and certain cancers. As well as aiding in weight loss and boosting brain function.
How can it benefit my skin?
You may see skin care products already on the market containing jasmine and white tea as a listed ingredient and its with good reason! A recent study proved white tea has antioxidant activity, which can have a positive effect on your skin appearance. Jasmine tea’s all-powerful ECGC content can help improve acne and oily skin. In a trial last year it was discovered that topically applying the tea was more effective at treating acne than taking the extract orally.
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Hibiscus is a slightly less well known tea, it is quite tart in flavour, similar to Cranberry which makes it delicious to drink hot or cold.
Like the other teas, hibiscus is also renowned for its health benefits. Hibiscus is high in polyphenols, which are compounds that have been shown to possess powerful anti-cancer properties. On top of this Hibiscus is thought to help with boosting liver health and lowering blood pressure.
Hibiscus is a natural source of AHAs. What are AHA’s I hear you ask?
AHA’s are a group of acids that occur naturally in certain foods. You may see many skincare products contain AHA’s as a means of exfoliating the skin. They work by loosening the top layer of old skin cells which encourages the skin to grow more cells, increasing cell turnover. Fresh glowing skin anyone?
Hibiscus is also well known for its rich level of antioxidants, including vitamin C and beta-carotene5. These antioxidants can help reduce oxidative stress which contributes to the ageing of our skin.
Some studies also found Hibiscus may help slow down collagen degradation and prevent elastin break down too. We don't need any more reasons, we are ordering some!