Hydration is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Cells need to be hydrated to regenerate and if your body isn’t getting the water that it needs, it will use it to protect the most important areas first. This means your skin can become lacklustre and make you more prone to break-outs.
Believe it or not staying hydrated is easy to miss and if water isn’t your thing, tea is a fantastic alternative. Not only will it hydrate you but it is rich in polyphenols, molecules which have an antioxidant properties. Coupled with a strong skin care routine you can the tastiest beauty hack ever.
Our face is exposed to harmful sunrays everyday, using a good SPF (such as the Skin Hydrator or Skin Defense from Vitage) will help protect from the outside. But did you know studies have shown drinking green tea can reduce your risk of skin cancer and help restore some of the damage caused by catching too many rays? It will also help regenerate the cells and hold of aging. Sounds like the elixir of life! Which is probably why so many cosmetic procedures use green tea. You can use it at home to recreate this incredible face mask.
You probably aren’t familiar with aspalathin and nothofagin, neither was I! However after quick google search, these two chemical compounds have anti inflammatory properties making them a saviour for acne and rosacea sufferers. Rooibos can be mixed with coconut oil and aloe vera to make a topical skin treatment. Also, this tea is caffeine free – perfect tea alternative for an antioxidant cleanse!
This tea has been used for centuries in the what-feels-like-a-never-ending-battle against dry skin and also to help relieve eczema due to properties within it that help stop free radicals. The tea itself is also known for it’s calming effect on your soul and can help to relax you putting you in a better frame of mind for sleep. You can make a spritz by infusing the tea with green tea and lemon then spraying your face to help keep you cool and refreshed in the summer.
Jasmine tea is one of the most beautifully fragranced teas. It is antiviral and antibacterial so helps keep your immune system healthy but also aids in reducing the signs of ageing and soothing dry skin. Ground jasmine tea mixed with a little water can be used as a face scrub to help eliminate breakouts. You can use jasmine tea in cookery too and if you are not sure where to start I wrote this piece on Cooking With Tea.
Peppermint tea is fantastic for soothing the stomach but it also slows oil production within the body which can help boost cell regeneration and give you more glowing skin. Mint tea is also fantastic for applying to the feet to lift spirits and make you feel clean!
There are so many teas to choose from and plenty of variations on the ones you already know, such as matcha green tea which is a powdered form of the well known drink. This is a great replacement for coffee as it gives you a natural energy boost, it is also great for using in baking and makes a fantastic face mask.
So with so many options and a guide to where to start; do your skin, and your soul, a favour and get drinking more tea.