Skin Care: 7 Teas for Radiant, Anti-aging Skin
The Science and Skin Care Benefits of Tea
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Our Skin Care Expectations and Objectives
How about the myriad of skin problems like acne, sunburn, acne scars, wrinkles, sagging skin, allergic dermatitis, dark circles, dry skin, skin cancer, etc.
Do you aspire for tightened skin and the prevention of aging? Don’t you wish for abundant availability collagen and elastin to mitigate fine lines and dry skin? A starting point should be the inhibition of excess MMP activity.
- Do you want to neutralize the cell-damaging effects of free radicals and the prevention of acne caused by bacterial cell death?
- Do you want inflammation suppressed? (e.g. the redness, pain and swelling of pimples).
- Do you want to protect your skin from the damaging consequences of Ultra-violet radiations from the sun? (Free radicals play crucial roles again).
Let us discuss the top seven tea types and their skin beauty benefits.
1. Chamomile tea from the Matricaria Chamomilla plant
The active ingredients of chamomile tea are alpha-bisabolol, quercetin, apigenin, and chamazulene.
- alpha-Bisabolol is an effective analgesic, antibiotic, anti-inflammation, skin-soothing, and anticancer agent. It also tones the skin, reduces the stress of unwarranted criticism from others (and yourself).
- Apigenin causes the death of cancerous cells.
- Chamazulene is an anti-inflammation agent.13
- Quercetin is an active antioxidant fighting against free radicals.
Note: Very few people are allergic to Chamomile tea. Most allergic reactions are effects of consumption of a counterfeit version of Chamomile (i.e. dog Chamomile). The FDA has classified chamomile tea as safe and healthy for comsumption.
2. Ginger tea from the Zingiber officinale plant.
Any tea prepared with this known rhizome contains useful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds—gingerol and shogaol. It also acts as a diaphoretic ( induces profuse sweating) which aids in cleansing the skin pores thereby, giving you a clear skin.
Note: Individuals with oxalate-precipitating kidney stones, history of gallstones or with a bleeding disorder or taking blood thinning medication are advised to avoid ginger.
3. Dandelion root tea from the Taraxacum officinale plant.
Dandelion tea weeds which you always dispose of, is richly endowed with Vitamins A, B, C, and D, and minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium (if you have a garden…and weeds).
Its diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties make it the most recommended by skin care ingredients.
The liver detoxifies the body of all the toxins produced in the body. The high potassium content of Dandelion makes it a natural diuretic, thus it’s useful in the removal of toxins in urine. Anything that supports the liver detoxification activity is skin-friendly.
Note: Side effects in exceptionally sensitive people could be stomach upset or skin rash which subsides once you quit the herb consumption.
4. Green tea from the Camellia Sinensis plant green
Ensure your colleagues at work sip green tea daily in the office, your young daughter swill it like water and even as attractive bulk offers at the supermarket. Green tea’s catechin content, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) is an effective antioxidant. These bring about its effectiveness in sun protection, prevention of acne and also as an effective skin moisturizer.
5. The Camellia sinensis plant white tea extract
These possess the same properties with green tea, though it is the least processed of the black-green-white trio, it has the highest content of catechin/catechol and offers protection from free radicals, sun damage, and possess unique anti-inflammatory properties with MMPs inhibition.
6. Tulsi tea from the Ocimum tenuiflorum plant
Tulsi tea active ingredients are ursolic acid, eugenol, and linoleic acid.
- Eugenol posses antimicrobial properties which aids in the prevention of acne and skin ailments.
- Ursolic acid restores skin elasticity and gets rid of wrinkles thus, leaving your skin healthy and brilliant.
- Linoleic acid has anti-cancer effects.
- Tulsi tea also modulate hormonal equilibrium in the body, including cortisol (the stress hormone) hence, eliminating another leading cause of skin acne.
That captivated your attention back, right? Now let’s look at other teas and skin care benefits.
7. Rooibos tea or red tea from the Aspalathus Iinearis plant.
Rooibos tea is highly furnished with antioxidants like vitamin C and active polyphenols like aspalathin, nothofagin and quercetin, thereby, effectively fighting free radicals.
Green tea is also rich in alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) and zinc. AHAs gently remove dead skin cells from your face while zinc builds cell membranes and heals bruised tissue. Because of its caffeine free property (unlike other tea types), it’s an ideal substitute for those wary of the impact of caffeine consumption to health. You are assured of a beautiful night rest after sipping a cup of sweet red cuppa. Why the wait? Grab a cup of tea now.
AUTHOR: ANDREW OKPETU