There are few things more soothing than drinking a warm cup of tea after a long day. Tea, especially green, black and red tea, has been proven to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, while calming the body from the inside out.
However, what you may not know is that drinking tea also has countless beauty-enhancing benefits that can help promote a glowing, dewy complexion. Tea has been used as a beauty elixir for centuries due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, hydrating abilities, and high antioxidant and polyphenol content.
While drinking tea is one great way to reap these benefits, applying skincare products with various tea extracts directly onto your skin may be even more beneficial.
With so many deceptive trendy ingredients in skincare products today, tea extract provides us with an incredibly pure, effective, and non-toxic solution for transforming skin naturally without added chemicals.
Tea ingredients can be easily added to any DIY skin treatment or can be found in organic form in many clean beauty products.
Here are the top five ways that tea can help ease skin issues, clear up pesky breakouts, prevent premature skin aging, and deliver a radiant, youthful complexion. Cheers, to clear skin!
Skin Benefits of Tea
High in antioxidants and anti-aging properties
Skin-damaging free radicals develop in the body as a result of too much UV exposure and can really wreak havoc on your skin over time.
Antioxidants, such as the catechins (EGCG and EGC) found in green tea, have been reported to ease inflammation in the body often associated with UV damage and premature skin aging.
The antioxidants in black tea, specifically tannins, have even been linked to faster skin regeneration and protecting skin from harmful environmental stressors.
Polyphenols, another glow-enhancing antioxidant commonly found in tea, are also highly anti-inflammatory and may even possess abilities to repair and reverse cellular damage caused by free radicals.
Amazing anti-inflammatory powers
Chronic inflammation in the body is often referred to as the leading cause of skin-related issues, including acne, irritation, hyperpigmentation, and eczema.
Many varieties of teas contain incredible anti-inflammatory abilities that get to the root cause of the issue and help decrease the inflammation causing your ongoing skin troubles.
Tannic acid, found in many teas such as black tea, is both antibacterial and antifungal. This means that it can help prevent skin infections while also providing immediate relief to itchy and irritated skin. Learn more about our Lavender + Black Tea Mask.
Chamomile is yet another tea with potent anti-inflammatory abilities that can effectively heal rashes and various other inflammatory skin conditions. These anti-inflammatory properties make tea extract an excellent choice for sensitive skin types and for those with easily irritated skin. Learn about our Chamomile Cleansing Powder.
Treats dark circles and eye puffiness
If you suffer from those dreaded dark circles or eye puffiness, you definitely want to give tea extract a try! The caffeine content found in many tea varieties, such as black tea and green tea, can actually help lessen eye puffiness and dark circles almost immediately. This is because caffeine actually helps shrink inflamed blood vessels underneath the skin, eliminating darkness and naturally bringing down puffiness.
Skin Tip: Tea bags containing caffeine can be chilled and applied directly to the under-eye area, or for best results, simply apply a caffeinated eye cream with tea extract each morning. This will be the most effective method for rested-looking eyes each morning and will help to lessen dark circles when used consistently as a part of your morning routine.
Tones and moisturizes dry skin
Since most skin dullness and uneven texture is caused by dehydration, the hydrating powers of tea make it a superstar ingredient for improving overall skin tone.
Skin Tip: For those suffering from dry skin, try using a toner made with white tea extract twice a day. White tea works wonders as a toner and clarifying agent when it comes to drawing out impurities from the skin, smoothing skin texture, and shrinking pores. Learn more about our Geranium + White Tea Skin Tonic and Lime + White Tea Skin Tonic.
Boosts collagen production
Not only does tea contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals great for skin health, such as catechins and amino acids, but it may also help boost collagen production.
Various tea varieties, especially green tea, can help promote collagen and elastin health by protecting collagen, the main structural protein that promotes skin elasticity. You can try our Peppermint + Green Tea Mask.
White tea contains the highest level of antioxidants of all teas and provides the skin with much-needed protection against enzymes that damage collagen and elastin. White tea is also high in phenolic acid, a polyphenol that may help prevent cell and tissue damage.