Now that we’re reaching the end of the summer holiday period and the weather seems to be taking a sharp turn towards the autumnal, we’re craving warmth and comfort which we just don’t seem to be able to achieve with our summery smoothies.
Tea is a far more warming option and there are a number of herbal teas out there which can help to improve your skin from the inside out. We thought we’d take a look into the best teas for your skin so that you can warm your cockles whilst helping your skin and maximising your hydration at the same time.
The most obvious choice is green tea, and for a good reason. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants and polyphenols which are micronutrients, vital in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as skin cancer. Green tea is also abundant in anti-inflammatory properties which can slow the development of some of the most common signs of ageing.
Peppermint tea is well-known for being good for the stomach and digestive issues, but it’s also great for the skin as it encourages new cell growth, as well as slowing the over-production of oil. Drinking peppermint tea can also help your skin to rid itself of old cells, leaving only your fresh, new skin glowing through!
Nettle tea is a triple threat, offering therapeutic properties to your skin, hair and scalp. It’s rich in most B vitamins, vitamin K, selenium, zinc, chromium and boron, as well as offering anti-inflammatory properties which help to clear and purify the skin. It’s also said that nettle tea helps to purify the blood, ridding your system of toxins which can be responsible for dull skin and hair, and general sluggishness.
Calendula tea, sometimes also called Marigold Tea, is a lymphatic cleanser which can help to clear toxins which may be stagnating in your system. The tea is rich in carotenoids, an essential component of human nutrition, which are usually only found in fruit and vegetables, and are turned into vitamin A by our systems.
Rooibos Tea, or Redbush Tea, is one of the most powerful teas on the market. Naturally caffeine-free, Rooibos is actually used in developing countries as a remedy for colic in small babies and can be used to offer relief for a number of digestive complaints. Rooibos can be hugely effective on inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and rosacea and can even be applied topically for more targeted relief – just make sure you allow it to cool down before applying to your face!