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teasTea leaves have been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties.  Leaves were burned in ritual ceremonies, eaten, dried & crushed as well as brewed.

Tea is used widely in the cosmetic industry for its anti-aging properties.  They have protective antioxidants, vitamins and phytochemicals to promote healthy skin.  Teas can be found in body wraps, scrubs, and masks.  When applied topically after an exfoliation or cleanse, tea can penetrate into the skin to release its beneficial chemical components.  White and green teas are most sought after for use in cosmetics, although black and oolong teas have beneficial properties, too.

Tea Selection

White tea is the purest form of tea.  The tea is harvested by capturing the leaf tips and buds that are hand-picked from young, tender plants which make it the most expensive of teas.  It has high antioxidizing properties that help to block enzymes from breaking down collagen and elastin in the skin.

Green tea is the most widely known for its antioxidizing properties.  It has cathechins that protect the skin from UV radiation and collagen breakdown.

Black & Oolong teas are oxidized teas and known for their strong fragrance.  They lose some of their properties during processing but have vitamins and oxidants that protect the skin from free radicals and aid in skin rejuvenation.

Rooibos tea comes from South America and is full of antioxidants and flavonoids to fight off free radicals.

Mate (or Yerba Mate) is a Spanish tea and often compared to green tea and carry some of the same benefits.

Chamomile tea can settle an upset stomach or help you sleep, but it is also good for the skin.  Used as a tisane, its anti-inflammatory properties are great for irritated or sensitive skin.

So brew a cup of tea and drink up, but save a little (without sugar) to use as a refreshing tonic on the skin after cleansing or exfoliation.  Either way, tea can help you have beautiful skin.

To read more on this topic, check out the following reference:

Gouillou, N. (2014). Les Nouvelle Esthetique & Spa, “Imperial brew: The beneficial properties of tea”. Retrieved January 23, 2015, pp. 103-106