Everyone knows you need to stay hydrated if you want strong, healthy skin. But did you know that different kinds of tea are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and other skin-rejuvenating goodness? It’s time to discover which brew is right for you!
Used in Chinese medicine, many East Asian women swear by the restorative power of green tea. It’s rich in vitamin K, which can help reduce puffiness around your eyes, treat dark spots and even help heal scars. It is also famously high in antioxidants, your first line of defense in the battle against free radicals. Remember, less free radical damage equals healthier, younger-looking skin.
Coming from the same family as green and black tea, oolong tea shares many of the same benefits. It’s high in polyphenols, which help keep your skin hydrated, reverse the effects of UV skin damage and soothe inflammations.
This kind of tea is very lightly processed, so unlike some others, it’s really high in a powerful antioxidant called catechin. And on top of that, studies have found it helps combat naturally occurring enzymes that do damage to your skin’s collagen and elastin. Left unchecked, these nasties cause wrinkles and decrease your skin’s firmness.
The powerful “good” bacteria in this fermented type of tea hydrate and boost skin elasticity, thereby helping to delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. But it also has a host of benefits for holistic well-being — from improving digestion, boosting energy and detoxifying the body.
Green tea has won plenty of skincare plaudits, but did you know that your everyday black tea is also packed with skin-enriching goodness? It helps reduce wrinkles, stops premature ageing and is high in free radical-busting antioxidants. Plus, it’s high in tannin, a chemical that accelerates skin regeneration. Put the kettle on!