What’s cozier than a good book, fuzzy robe, and a cup of warm tea? If you said nothing, you’re right! I am a huge tea drinker. Every morning I start my day with antioxidant-rich green tea, after lunch I feed my gut with probiotic kombucha and I end my night with some warm herbal tea.
Tea is not only for comfort and pleasure but tea also has tons of beautifying benefits. I have laid out a list of my favorite beautifying teas and what makes them so beneficial to your overall health and glow.
Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion root tea supports liver function and digestion which prevents toxin build up from showing up on your skin. It also contains antioxidants and immune-enhancing properties to help skin say young and fresh.
Ginger tea helps with heavy metal digestion while also soothing and calming any akes and pains in the body. Not even a few minutes after drinking ginger tea I notice my whole body feels at ease and pain-free.
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory meaning it helps to control internal and external (acne) inflammation in the body. You can buy prepared ginger tea bags or make your own by peeling and chopping up a knob of fresh ginger root and adding it to a tea ball to steep in hot water. If you’re really looking to reap some beautifying benefits add ginger root to all of your teas and get double the tea power.
Green tea is one of my favorites, I just feel like I’m arming my body with age-defying, skin enhancing protectors. It is a very well know antioxidant meaning it protects the skin and body from harmful free radicals. Specifically, it contains EGCG, which are catechins that fight against free radical damage allowing it to reverse UV damage and prevent wrinkle formation. The antioxidants present in green tea also have the ability to restore and revive dying skin cells. That’s a lot of power in a little tea leaf!
Jasmin tea contains antiviral and antibacterial properties to keep the immune system healthy and working its best. It helps to prevent signs of aging while also treating skin conditions like eczema and acne by reducing oil production and balancing hormones.
Kombucha has been gaining popularity in the world of health and wellness. This fermented black tea works as a great skin detox and gut healer. It contains antioxidants and probiotics that protect the skin and gut from suffering damage from external factors like pollution and the foods we eat. It has the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin elasticity. I try to drink kombucha every day specifically for its probiotic rich nature that helps to improve the health of my gut in hopes to prevent any unbalances from showing up on my face.
Matcha has also increased in popularity lately, it’s being used in everything from tea to cookies to face masks. Matcha is a Japanese tea that comes in a powdered form making its uses extremely versatile. It is great for detoxing skin as it contains antioxidants, chlorophyll, and natural antibiotics. Matcha has also been said to help reduce hormonal acne.
Preparing matcha tea is a little more labor-intensive than adding a tea bag to water. To properly prepare start by adding 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder into a cup. Add a few drops of hot water to the matcha powder and mix into a paste with a spoon or this cool matcha whisk. Fill the rest of the cup up with hot water, mix and enjoy!
Nettle Leaf Tea
Stinging nettle may sound far from safe to consume but after the nettle leaves are steeped they provide an abundant amount of health and beauty benefits. Nettle leaf tea flushes out toxins from the body which helps to reduce acne and eczema. It provides digestive relief for issues such as colitis, celiac disease, indigestion, gas, and nausea. It also contains flavonoids like quercetin which have antioxidant properties allowing it to fight off free radicles and protect from DNA and cell membrane damage.
Oolong tea isn’t as popular as many of the other teas I’ve talked about but that doesn’t mean its less beneficial. It improves the color of skin, reduces dark spots and is said to fight damage caused by the sun and smoking.
Peppermint tea has become one of my favorite teas to sip on at night when I’m snuggled down in my bed. It contains menthol which slows down oil production and makes skin stay consistently glowy. It also boosts estrogen levels and can fight hormonal issues and acne. I have also noticed it to be very soothing and calming to the stomach.
Rooibos (Red Tea)
Rooibos tea contains antioxidants, like quercetin which protects against UVB rays, the ones that cause burning and skin cancer. It is also anti-aging and can be used as a natural antihistamine. Pathogen fighting flavonoids in red tea work to keep eczema and acne flare-ups at bay. Enzymes like superoxide dismutase fight signs of aging as one of the body’s most potent defense against free radicals
White tea contains phytochemicals that prevent the break down of collagen and elastin in the skin. It actually has more antioxidants than green tea and can fight different types of skin conditions. It prevents the increasing levels of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) from decreasing collagen and elastin. It is also anti-inflammatory, which as we know by now keeps internal and external inflammation causing damage at bay.
If you’re already a tea drinker then you are well on your way to beautifying benefits. Try adding a few (or all) of these teas to your routine to get a wide variety of skin rewards.
Now, I’m personally not a coffee drinker so I don’t understand the struggle to make the switch to tea but I hope this article makes you more open to adding tea to your daily routine. Start slow if you must but your skin will thank you!