We put a lot of products on our skin to get that healthy glow. I know I do, anyway. But did you know that what you put in your body probably plays a greater role in your skin’s appearance?
You should definitely be hydrated and drink plenty of water, but even the best filtered cucumber water is generally missing some properties that can actively improve your skin. After going on a major tea-kick for the past year, I can say with certainty that herbal teas play a huge role in my skin’s radiance.
Why Are Teas Good for Your Skin?
Herbal teas contain polyphenols, amongst other properties. Polyphenols are antioxidant based molecules. These miraculous tiny molecules can do a lot for your overall skin health. For instance, if you’re prone to reddening of the skin or breakouts, they help reduce inflammation. As someone who has struggled with adult acne, I am on board for anything that can help fight that battle
If you’ve loved the sun a little too much in your youth, polyphenols can even reverse UV damage, repairing your skin cells from the ravages of free radicals.
Top Teas for Glowing Skin
1. Green Tea — I drink about a liter of green tea every day. I’m not even exaggerating! This tea contains very potent polyphenols, so it is one of the most effective at dealing with damaged skin cells, helping you to return a healthy glow to your skin. Green tea also contains high levels of quercetin, which controls inflammation and redness. While technically not an herbal tea (it comes from the leaves on a tea bush, rather than from an herb, and therefore also contains caffeine), its strong antioxidant properties makes it worth checking out.
This tea maker is a little pricey, but SO worth it if you’re an avid tea drinker. While I do enjoy hot tea, I also love pouring my green tea over ice with a little stevia. As I said, I drink LOTS of green tea!
2. White Tea — Whereas green tea contains the most potent polyphenols, white tea contains the highest quantity of these antioxidants. This is thought to be because this tea is subjected to very little processing and therefore retains the highest levels of all the ingredients that can help your skin. Again, while not technically an herbal tea, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include it on this list.
3. Jasmine Tea — I watched a woman at a dim sum restaurant dip something she was eating into her cup of jasmine tea. When I asked a friend about this, she said it was because jasmine tea has clarifying properties and reduces oils. By drinking it, jasmine tea contributes to control of your body’s oil production, therefore helping with acne and oily complexions.
4. Chamomile Tea — With strong anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile tea is recommended for people with mild eczema or other skin conditions. A chamomile tea bag is your best bet for tired, baggy eyes too! It is a good choice to deal with stress and promote sleep, both of which can affect the health and appearance of your skin. While chamomile tea isn’t my favorite flavor-wise, I still love the way it helps me relax in the evening. We all look better when we’re well-rested!
5. Rooibos Tea — Otherwise known as red tea, it contains similar properties to the others, as well as a healthy dose of flavonoids, and has been used for hundreds of years in South Africa for a range of skin health issues, including acne, rashes and sunburn. Flavonoids help to keep inflammation flare ups under control.
7. Peppermint Tea — The menthol helps to control the oils in your skin, encourages skin cell and the production of further oils. So not only does your skin shed dead cells more easily, but with oil production under control, it’s the ideal for someone with an oily complexion.
While not on the list, I also recommend this easy detox turmeric tea. Turmeric is loaded with healthy properties that can fight inflammation in the body, and it’s something that I add to my diet every day.
Herbal teas can easily be incorporated into your daily skin regimen, several times a day, for maximum benefits. You might want to limit the caffeinated white and green teas to your morning routine, as I’ve found that drinking these close to bed time can keep me up at night. Otherwise, drink-up and enjoy the benefits of tea for your skin!