4 SUPER TEAS 4 SUPER SKIN
Tea is the ultimate comforter, nourisher and healer. Originating in south-east China centuries ago, this little beverage has become quite the global phenomenon. India, Japan and the United Kingdom are just a few of the countries that are renowned for their love of brewing tea, although it is drunk all over the world. As well as being immensely enjoyable, the all-natural drink is believed to have endless health benefits on the entire body and mind.
Camellia Sinensis (tea bush) is grown throughout Asia. Despite the different varieties of tea (green, black, white etc.), they all come from this same plant and the harvesting process is what makes them different in appearance and flavour. For example, green tea is harvested from young leaves before they have wilted, and then steamed and dried soon after. Whereas black tea is picked once the leaves have wilted and are then fermented, dried and crushed (1).
Tea is extremely rich in antioxidants, particularly a phytochemical called ECGC (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), which fights free radicals that cause skin damage. Furthermore, as tea is brewed in water it is also highly hydrating for the skin.
What if you could drink your way to healthy skin? Let’s take a look at four of the most potent cuppas for beautiful, glowing skin.
Green tea: Green tea is perfect for every glow-getter and ideal for anti-ageing. Green tea, especially matcha, contains a higher presence of ECGC than any other tea, making it a super potent antioxidant. As a result, it fights off free radicals that cause ageing, reduces inflammation, maintains healthy skin cells, and can help internally protect against sun damage caused by UV radiation.
Hibiscus: Hibiscus is ideal for those seeking a natural glow. It is very high in vitamin C and is a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, zinc, and iron. It also has natural alpha hydroxy acids and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails.
Rooibos: Rooibos tea is the ideal clarifying and anti-ageing tea. A recent study has shown its high levels of antioxidants, zinc, and alpha-hydroxy acids give it the ability to prevent and reverse fat loss under the skin (2). The potent herb includes nothofagin, aspalathin, and superoxide dismutase, which are all enzymes that provide an effective protection against harmful free radicals (AKA complexion killers). Rooibos tea’s also rich in zinc, which can help correct hormonal imbalances that trigger acne and anti-inflammatory properties to calm breakouts.
Spearmint: Spearmint tea is ideal for acne prone skin as it has an anti-androgenic effect that can help improve hormonal imbalances and prevent excess production of sebum. This calming blend also contains flavonoids and phenolic acids which fight oxidative stress (aiding in the prevention of stress-induced acne).
Tip: if you like your tea sweet try opting for a healthier sweetener such as honey or stevia, rather than granulated sugar, to reap the optimal benefits of your beverage.