My Favourite Teas for Glowing Skin!
A good cup of tea can do us wonders. It can be calming, soothing and can give us some time to sit down, unwind and enjoy the moment. But did you know that many teas and herbal blends can also provide lots of lovely benefits to the body, including your skin?
I have to admit, I am definitely a bit of a "Tea Jenny" and love to try new blends, different teas and herbs. As much as I love just a regular cuppa, today I'm going to be sharing some of my favourite teas that are not only delicious but also have great benefits for the skin! Let's get into it!
Rose Tea - Rose tea is a beautiful, delicate tea with a fragrant, floral taste. Rose tea can help to maintain healthy skin in many ways. It has wonderful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can make it an excellent choice for helping to treat skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. Roses are high in anti-oxidants & contain micronutrients called Polyphenols. This makes it a great tea to help reduce and counteract free radicals in the body and help the skin to repair itself, anti-oxidants are also great for correcting signs of ageing in the skin. Rose tea is also high in Vitamin C which not only counteracts free-radicals but also supports collagen production, which is essential for skin (and hair) health! It also contains Vitamin E which is widely known to promote healthy skin & to greatly accelerate the skin's healing process. *Rose tea can also act as a laxative when consumed in high amounts, so it is recommended to introduce this slowly & see how your body responds. Generally, no more than 3 cups a day is recommended. Rose tea is caffeine-free!
Green Tea - A classic! Similarly to rose tea, green tea is packed full of antioxidants, this helps to fight against free radicals in the body and can be great for treating blemishes, acne and other skin infections. Green Tea may also help to regulate oil production in the skin as it is anti-androgenic (androgens are hormones that contribute to growth & reproduction in the body) which means it can be helpful in reducing sebum and oil production in the skin. Green tea can also soothe irritated skin and has antiageing properties. Due to the antioxidants in green tea (especially catechin EGCG), it can be excellent for making a difference in the formation of wrinkles, age spots and other signs of ageing. The antioxidants can also help to reactivate dying skin cells and can assist in slowing down collagen breakdown. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great option to help soothe skin concerns such as eczema & rosacea! *Green tea does contain caffeine - although this tends to be a lot less than coffee.
Chamomile Tea - This sweet, floral tea is a triple whammy for your skin! Like rose and green tea, chamomile tea also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can help to relieve the skin of concerns such as rosacea and eczema. The polyphenols and phytochemicals in chamomile tea can help to reduce blemishes & acne as well as signs of ageing, whilst speeding up the scar healing process. The polyphenols in chamomile tea primarily work to eliminate free radicals that can cause premature ageing of the skin. Chamomile tea can aid in reducing stress & anxiety (which we know can have an effect on our skin's health). Chamomile tea increases serotonin & melatonin in the body that helps to alleviate feelings of stress & can induce relaxation. These relaxing compounds not only help to alleviate stress & anxiety, but they also help you to get to sleep quicker and to experience a better quality of sleep. We all know that our body uses the time we are sleeping to heal and repair itself, especially the skin, so drinking a cup before bed can really help to induce relaxation, sleep and overall promote healthy, glowing skin! *Chamomile tea is caffeine-free.
And there we have it! A few of my favourite teas and the benefits they can offer us and our skin. Have you tried any of these teas before? Which is your favourite, or which would you try? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
Right now, my favourite has to be rose tea. I have been drinking it quite a lot this past week and have found it to be so soothing - here's a little add on about rose tea... rose petal tea has been used all over the world for thousands of years. They are considered a sacred herb and is an excellent choice for opening the Heart Chakra. It can also help attract unconditional love, understanding, compassion and harmony to our lives.
And that's it from me on teas! Make sure to check out the blog next week where I'll be sharing more about our reiki rebrand and the launch of our new site!