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Your new spin on tea time: The 4 best teas for skin health

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Diana Kelley Levey
Diana Kelly Levey May, 20, 2020

Runner, dancer, baker, adopted dog mom, wisecracker (or jokester)

You might still associate drinking tea as a favorite pastime of British monarchs, a habit pregnant women typically take up or the only free thing you get to do at a trendy meditation center. Girlfriend, it's time to change your thinking!

It makes sense that tea has been consumed since the dawn of time because it has some powerful healing abilities. Not a fan of the taste? No problem — the best teas for skin health work just as well topically.

The connection between tea and your skin

If you want to maintain a gorgeous complexion, bringing tea into your daily regimen is a great place to start. Tea is packed with antioxidants that patrol free radicals in the body and support skin health.

Essentially, free radicals speed up skin's aging. They occur naturally, but certain environmental factors like UV rays and air pollution can increase their presence. Luckily, free radicals have an archenemy — antioxidants. Adding antioxidant-rich foods and drinks (like tea) to your diet can help reduce free radicals and their harmful effects.

Collecting different tea tins in the name of skincare might entail some experimentation — the best teas for skin that's too oily might be totally different from the teas that soothe irritated skin. However, anyone can find one that works for them! Once you've broken out your favorite novelty mug, here are four delicious teas to drink for your skin health.

Fruit tea(tea package) in cup with blackberry1. Blackberry leaf tea

You already know that berries are considered a superfood and are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants. So should it be any surprise that blackberry tea can do wonders for your skin? This fruity beverage has been shown to have both anticancer and antimicrobial properties. Additionally, blackberry tea leaves have even been used to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and skin ulcers.

2. White tea

This delicate tea may have an understated flavor, but it packs a punch against signs of aging. Research has found that white tea can reduce inflammation and help prevent or minimize wrinkles. That same study reported that drinking white tea helped stop the breakdown of both elastin and collagen in the skin (components that help keep skin looking firm and youthful). Beauty products that contain white tea extract can also help reduce the damage that oxidative stress causes to your skin!

3. Chamomile tea

Ever sip a mug of this type of tea and instantly feel so much calmer? There's a reason for that. Chamomile has been used to help with insomnia and sleep issues, as well as a mild sedative to calm nerves and anxiety. Topical skincare products made with chamomile can help treat mild eczema, and when cold and flu season comes around, drinking chamomile tea can give your immune system a helpful boost.

4. Green tea

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past two decades, you've probably heard that drinking green tea is good for you. One of the main reasons health practitioners recommend drinking more green tea is due to its high levels of antioxidants. Aside from its tasty flavor, this type of tea also provides anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic benefits. That's a win-win.

Tea is a super versatile thing. It can cool you down in the summer or give you something warm to wrap your hands around when you forget your gloves in wintertime. It can wake you up in the morning or ease you into sleep at night — but no matter how you bring tea into your life, rest assured your skin will thank you for it!

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