While it may be a compliment to be perceived as experienced and wise, it’s quite the insult when someone guesses our age wrong—higher than we’d like to hear. To add fuel to fire, dark spots, acne, and dark circles don’t cut us any slack either. However, there is hope. And it fits in a cup.
Free radicals (commonly generated by sun exposure), matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), and uninvited inflammation are the ingredients for skin damage. MMPs are enzymes that cause the breakdown of collagen and elastin, the glue holding your skin taut. No glue means wrinkled, sagging skin.
Enters tea. You’ll be amazed how you can sip your way to flawless skin. All you need is knowledge, a cupful of hot water, and herbal extracts. Explore different tea types and stick to one that suits your skin.
1. Green Tea
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants, particularly EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). This catechin neutralizes skin-damaging free radicals, making it a perfect shield against harmful UV rays and acne triggers. What’s more, green tea can double up as a convenient moisturizer.
2. White Tea
Being the least processed variety of tea, white tea retains its high, innate catechin content. It offers protection from free radicals and sun damage, suppresses inflammation, and inhibits MMPs.
3. Red Tea/Rooibos Tea
The caffeine-free variety of tea, red tea is well-equipped to fight free radicals. It contains vitamin C and polyphenols like aspalathin, quercetin, and nothofagin that cumulatively counterattack oxidative stress. For a finishing touch, it’s AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) get rid of dead skin cells making way for zinc (also in red tea) to foster new cell generation and tissue repair.
4. Chamomile Tea
The active ingredients of this powerful concoction are α-bisabolol, apigenin, chamazulene, and quercetin. α-Bisabolol relieves pain, inhibits inflammation, kills bacteria, and even has anti-cancer properties. In addition, it makes you fairer and soothes your skin. Apigenin causes cancers cells to die, while chamazulene prevents inflammation. Quercetin is a strong antioxidant—a must for healthy-looking skin.
5. Dandelion Root Tea
A menacing weed in appearance, dandelion root is really a powerhouse of vitamins (A, B, C, and D) and minerals (iron, potassium, and zinc). Like all types of tea, it too is loaded with antioxidants. However, what sets it apart is its diuretic properties. It gives your liver a helping hand by flushing out toxins from the body through increased urination. Toxin removal equals healthy skin.
6. Ginger Tea
Gingerol and shogaol are the free radical and inflammation fighters in ginger tea. It’s unique property is its diaphoretic nature that forces you to sweat more and clean out clogged skin pores.
7. Tulsi Tea
An ancient Indian remedy for the skin-troubled, tulsi tea has stood the test of time and word of its skin healing properties have been passed down generations. It contains eugenol that combats skin infections, linoleic acid (vitamin F) that reverses hyperpigmentation, and ursolic acid that restores elasticity in the skin. It also stabilizes the stress hormone cortisol levels keeping acne and related problems at bay.
All in all, a steaming cuppa tea is good news for your skin. Brew away your skin troubles!