It is well known that many people start their day with a hot beverage, and most of the time that choice of beverage is a nice hot cup of coffee. The other top favorite selection to get your morning started would be a soothing cup of tea. The positive in this is that both coffee and tea have their own unique set of health benefits, not just for your body, but for your skin health too. However, making the switch over to tea, may prove to outweigh those benefits. Those benefits may be available in tea-infused topical skin care products as well.
Tea vs Coffee: Battle of Healthy Skin
Certain kinds of tea can be good for your health, and aid in healthy skin benefits. Teas, which are rich in polyphenols (molecules that have antioxidant properties), can help keep your skin hydrated, and assist in reversing the effects of UV damage, and reduce inflammation. It is quite the norm to find tea extract, coffee extract and caffeine in eye creams, body scrubs, face masks, and a variety of other anti-aging products. Drinking tea has also been said to have a positive impact on your complexion, in conjunction with applying products infused with tea extracts.
Other teas like white, red and black are rich in inflammation-fighting, anti-aging components.
You may have heard that caffeine as a diuretic, and how coffee helps keep you hydrated. Your body can still hold about a third of the liquid in a cup of coffee, which isn’t much less than the half-cup would hold from an 8-ounce glass of water. However, tea’s with lower caffeine contents provide hydration while helping your whole body feel much better. It has been proven that your skin just looks better when you’re better hydrated. This also helps your whole body function more efficiently.
Green and Black Tea; Can they Really Improve Your Skin?
Because of tea’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich and cancer-fighting properties, green tea extract is used in many skin care products. Green tea may have anti-aging effects when used topically, as it can decrease inflammation and protect against free radicals, both of which are identified to speed up the aging process.
Recent scientific studies have indicated that green tea could protect against cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight loss. There are an abundance of skin care products today containing green tea. Check out our Green Tea Set.
Too much sun can be damaging to the skin and cause early signs of aging. Studies have shown that drinking green tea may help reduce your risk of skin cancer. Green tea can decrease inflammation associated with aging, as well as protect against sunburns and potentially long-term UV damage.
Green tea can provide the following benefits:
- Improves Skin Complexion
- Reduces Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
- Fights Aging Signs
- Treats Acne and Pimples
- Works as a Skin Toner
- Stimulates Hair Growth
Black tea also is a fantastic option and provides similar benefits such as green tea. Drinking black tea ultimately benefits the skin in three ways. It nourishes the skin with vitamins B2, C, and E, with minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc, and essential polyphenols and tannins. Its caffeine and some of its other chemical components can kill oral viruses, which helps prevent skin infections, and acne. And lastly, black tea has been shown to reduce signs of premature aging.
Black tea can also benefit your skin with direct contact application. For example, our Black Tea Tree and Peppermint Acne Cleanser is a gentle, 100% plant-derived skin cleanser that gets the job done without drying out your skin. Works to balance out any skin type and is especially best for sensitive skin and acne prone skin. Guaranteed to improve your skin’s appearance! Also using black tea for herbal baths can provide an antioxidant boost for your skin and may even provide low levels of sun protection as well.