I can’t start my day without a cup of tea! Maybe this is because I am English, and tea is drank continuously. Friends visiting, a celebration or just to be comforted, tea is delicious and is virtually calorie free. It doesn’t make you feel groggy like coffee and definitely keeps your mouth smelling sweeter but it also improves your skin. Black tea is the usual choice for me, high antioxidant levels and the teabags cooled and drained after brewing can be used as an eye mask; however, there are plenty of teas out there that will help boost your beauty regime.
1. Ginger Tea
Ginger is a natural antiseptic and increases blood circulation so your skin will be feeling tip top after a few cups. Fresh ginger grated into the hot water especially releases fantastic antioxidants within the ginger root, make sure to follow a recipe otherwise too much can burn.
2. Green Tea
Green tea’s benefits have been heralded time and again, if you have escaped the mass marketing of green tea then where have you been? An aid to weight loss, a popular face mask ingredient and a way to add lustre to hair it is almost a miracle tea. It is full of tannins and antioxidants to protect against free radicals, it is very high in caffeine though so you don’t want to drink too much of it every day. It comes in some delicious flavours though and can help curb a sweet tooth, my favourite is Twinning’s Cherry Bakewell Green Tea – yum!
3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is used topically to treat skin conditions such as dry skin and acne and turning it into a tea gives a nice hot, soothing cup of tea. This tea will keep you hydrated as it is naturally caffeine free and it possesses flavonoids that repel free radicals, all helping you achieve glowing skin.
4. Rooibos Tea
Caffeine free and one of the tastier herbal teas, rooibos tea is a fantastic red colour; containing powerful anti-inflammatory properties and hydrating this tea will leave your complexion glowing and could also tone down rosacea.
5. Matcha Tea
Matcha tea can be enjoyed in herbal tea form, or can be added to delicious milky drinks from well-known coffee houses. It is green in colour and this is due to it containing chlorophyll, an ideal source of antioxidants that will help detoxify the skin. Plenty of face packs also contain matcha so your skin can get a double boost.
Apart from being filled with antioxidants, herbal teas are a great way of getting us to drink more water which helps clear skin and maintain a healthy weight. Warm water especially helps settle an unhappy stomach and is fantastic after a meal to help digest. Try and add more tea into your life and see how you get on.