Herbal teas, we love you so very matcha!
Cloudy bleak skies. Crisp blankets of snow. Cool blowing winds. Ah, just a few of winter’s frigid features many of us detest. But what we don’t despise is curling up on the couch with a good read and comforting beverage in hand on these gloomy, grey days. And for those who enjoy winding down with something warm, you’re in for a treat because today, we’re sharing the best herbal teas for glowing skin that’ll make you want to cozy up with a teacup all winter long!
The first and one of the most popular herbal teas for glowing skin is good ol’ green tea and for good reason, too.
Whether it’s drank or applied directly to your skin, green tea provides several skin-boosting benefits. It’s abundant in antioxidants such as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which can help treat inflammation and common skin conditions such as rosacea, decrease sebum production, and shield the skin from free radical damage. And for those who routinely experience sensitivity, this tea will be kind to your skin when applied topically. Green tea also contains polyphenols (micronutrients found in plant-based foods) that act as prebiotics, which help feed your gut friendly bacteria. And remember: a body that’s being well-cared for will help keep your skin in check. Ready to get your green tea glow on? Check out this DIY face mask here!
Jasmine tea not only has antioxidant properties, but antibacterial properties as well, making this herbal tea an excellent natural remedy for helping heal scars and wounds on the face and body. It also helps maintain skin elasticity and the production of collagen and works to even out skin tone, lighten hyperpigmentation, and minimize the appearance of fine lines. And when applied topically, the petals of jasmine flowers can help reduce irritation and dryness by bringing moisture to the skin. This tea is also extremely soothing, making it a great choice for those in need of anxiety and stress relief. So, if you’re a person that experiences unfriendly breakouts when life starts to get the better of you, you may want to give this tea a shot!
Rooibos Tea Ah, rooibos. Another great herbal tea for glowing skin with benefits that’ll leave you shouting…
Rooibos tea (AKA Red Bush tea) is rich in AHAs and other vitamins and minerals, particularly zinc. Its AHA content makes this tea effective at helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, treat and prevent acne, reduce discoloration, boost circulation and product absorption, and brighten, plump, and smooth skin. The zinc found in Rooibos tea, on the other hand, can help repair injured skin, support collagen production, and control inflammation. And that’s not all! This tea contains high levels of flavonoids (compounds found in many fruits and veggies), which can help treat the symptoms of common skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea.
Did you know that calendula (AKA the marigold flower) has been used for centuries as a natural healing agent? This is due to its antiseptic properties, which can help treat minor abrasions, rashes, and other inflammatory skin conditions. Calendula, particularly calendula extract, is effective at treating acne and dry, inflamed skin, and can help stimulate the production of collagen. And just like Rooibos tea, calendula tea is high in flavonoids, which can not only help treat skin conditions but aid in the protection against environmental stressors such as pollution and UV radiation, too. If any of these benefits are piquing your interest, be sure to check out this this nourishing DIY calendula and honey facial mask!
Our last, yet certainly not least herbal tea for glowing skin is chamomile tea, which so happens to be a favorite of Patrick’s (evidently)…
Known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties (a triple benefit threat, indeed), chamomile tea provides the perfect treatment for breakouts, acne scaring, hyperpigmentation, minor wounds, and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. When applied topically, it’s also effective at minimizing the appearance of dark circles, due to chamomile’s natural skin lightening properties, and reducing pesky puffiness around eyes. This tea is also known for helping those who struggle with anxiety and/or insomnia thanks to an antioxidant called apigenin, which helps relax the body and induce sleep. If you don’t already know, proper sleep is crucial for the maintenance of healthy skin, as that’s the time when your skin repairs itself.
So, the next time you can’t seem to let go of your thoughts and unwind for bed, pour yourself a piping hot glass of calming chamomile and get ready to count some sheep! Your skin will thank you in the morning. Simply put, sipping on a herbal tea or two will not only keep your body warm and spirit high, but will also give your skin the boost it’ll need to stay happy and healthy during the upcoming cold months. And for those who commonly opt for a cup of coffee to provide them with warmth and comfort, try making the switch to any of our recommended herbal teas for glowing skin. You won't be sorry!