Anything worth doing takes time, and if you want to reap the benefits – patience is also key. There are no quick fix solutions, especially with skincare and although advertised as such, more often than not – it isn’t so. Take beauty companies for example, they promise quick results and mind-boggling transformations with a dab of this or that! Some may, most don’t - but it doesn’t stop us buying dollars’ worth of products to get that glow. Skincare is one of the most lucrative markets for the beauty market and the recent trend for natural, clean beauty is going to around for a long time.
But maybe, you don’t need to look beyond your own home for some wonderful solutions for skincare. It is proven, natural and has reams of research to support it. Tea, my beauties! Tea is what you need! This magical beverage has many health benefits but one of the biggest is to do with your skin!
Whether you drink it or apply it topically, this is an outstanding ingredient for your skin and is already known to clear up acne, give your skin a healthy glow and fight free radicals.
To help you harness your even deeper love of tea, we are going to concentrate on the skin-enhancing benefits of tea and the creative ways you can use.
Acne and Blemishes
We all hate acne, that dreaded pimple that pops up on our skin when we least want it. Usually with all the external stressors our skin is exposed to, it's not surprising to note that acne is one of the most common skin conditions faced by people from teens to whatever age isn't polite to mention. It occurs when your pores become clogged by dead skin, bacteria or oil. Clogged pores can lead to inflammation and pimples - and no one, but nobody wants that!
Hydration is key to combating skin issues. Water makes up 50% of the body and is the main element in your blood, supplying oxygen and nutrients, and carrying away waste. When you’re properly hydrated, water helps your skin wash away toxins that cause skin irritation and inflammation. Tea is great for hydration and add the amazing benefits it gives - this should be a no-brainer for many as a skin enhancing solution.
It's time to get to it! These are the best teas to fight acne and drinking them over a period of time not only helps clear it up, but also helps fight pollutants that can cause it.
This tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a highly potent antioxidant, which research has shown helps reduce oiliness of the skin and improve acne. It’s also high in antioxidants which protects skin against UV damage. If you choose not to drink it but apply it topically, it can help reduce redness and soothes irritated skin
This gorgeous, mild tea is the least processed of tea “true teas”, and its delicate flavors are a delight on the palate. Rich in antioxidants, white tea flush out free radicals that causes damage to skin cells and because it has anti-inflammatory properties - it helps combats skin issues including acne, eczema and redness. Besides these amazing benefits, white tea is great for skin repair and rejuvenation. It has high amounts of phenols which stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, and we all know these two proteins are responsible for making your skin firm, supple and youthful. Who doesn’t want that!
Spearmint tea is another indomitable tea known for its acne-clearing benefits, but don’t take our word for it at all! A study by the American Academy of Dermatology conducted in 2015 found that drinking two cups of organic spearmint tea for one to three months reduced inflammatory acne lesions by 25-51%. In other words, all you have to do is sip this fabulous tea to reap the benefits of fewer skin breakouts and redness. How no nonsense is that!
This quintessential South African tea comes from a shrub called red bush is a real warrior for your skin. While not very high in minerals and vitamins, it has much more potent properties that benefit the skin. The power of its antioxidants makes Rooibos tea a go-to for cleansing pores and moisturizing the skin. It contains rich amounts of nothofagin, aspalathin, and superoxide dismutase – wait what? They are antioxidants, my dear, defenders of your skin. These antioxidants found in rooibos tea are your new best friends because they staunchly protect your skin from cell damage and complexion woes caused by free radicals.
Oily Skin and Pimples.
We all know someone who has had to deal with oily skin and the horrors of pimples especially when you add hormonal hi-jinks into the equation. From where we sit, these are best teas known for this very common skin issue.
Oily skin and pimples go hand to hand – usually they are your worst enemy but peppermint tea maybe your best defense against it. Peppermint's anti-androgenic powers help with balancing hormonal activity, a key to having acne problems. It also reduces the production of excess oils from sebaceous glands which tend to clog your pores and cause pimples.
Peppermint tea also tastes divine and is a good for hydration, remember we need to do that supple, glowing skin – but one more tool in this tea’s arsenal is its antioxidant properties which protect your skin it from premature aging and wrinkles. Phew! All that in one refreshing cup of tea.
These are some teas that really benefit the skin but don’t take our word for it – try it!
Tea is versatile as a drink but also as a topical tool for great skincare.
For example, you can create your own tea mist for hydration, a tea mask, a tea toner or just soak in a tea herbal bath to pamper your skin and allow it to soak in all that goodness directly. In our next post, we will show you how to DIY your own natural skincare solutions with the best selection of tea that will make a real difference to your skin or browse our site for some amazing tea infused bath and body products. Indulge yourself because you can, unapologetically!
**Always consult a qualified medical professional before consuming any herbal blends if you are pregnant or suffering from ongoing illnesses or serious medical conditions. These statements or products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.