Hot chocolate, although everyone’s favourite morning beverage, is something of a one-trick pony. Add a cup of hot steamed milk, a couple of teaspoons of cocoa powder along with some cinnamon and voila, you have a cup of goodness but with no real multiple health benefits.
Tea can be comforting when sick, calming when stressed and boosting when your metabolism needs a swift kick in the butt.
Many teas are packed with a host of vitamins, amino acids, and catechins that work holistically to slow ageing, stimulate collagen production, reduce body fat, and maintain healthy skin cells. Tea also combats dehydration, a major culprit of dull skin.
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According to a new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, tea can be considered a magical elixir. Sure it is shown to promote weight loss, prevent chronic illnesses and improve mood. But it is the ECGC, which rings our beauty bells. ECGC is a super-potent antioxidant that is known to reactivate dying skin cells.
Now that we know. Here are our favourite teas and why they should be added to your skin-care arsenal.
For ageing well: rooibos
Rooibos tea has such a high level of antioxidants, zinc, and alpha-hydroxy acids it actually plays a major role in ageing well. Before you run to the beverage aisle of the supermarket, the science needs to be understood. The high levels of antioxidants: nothofagin, aspalathin, and superoxide dismutase give roobios tea the ability to prevent and reverse fat loss under the skin, plus all the good enzymes provide an effective protection against harmful free radicals (AKA culprits in complexion woes).
For rejuvenation: white tea
White tea is essentially the purest of all teas because the youngest leaves are picked from the plant. This means when in the supermarket or herbal store you’re reaching for a box of tea with the highest level of antioxidants.
White tea can help to slow the skin’s ageing process and prevent collagen and elastin breakdown making it a tea with some serious skin-rejuvenating powers.
For reducing inflammation: green tea
We talk about our love for turmeric all the time when it comes to reducing inflammation but you can’t neglect green tea, which also is a great inflammation buster. There are added benefits as well. Green tea maintains healthy skin cells, and can help internally protect against sun damage caused by UV radiation. Praise this plant’s ECGC component as well which is a super-potent antioxidant that is known to reactivate dying skin cells.
For hormonal acne: spearmint
We get old. Some of us get acne. Who knew skin breakout wasn’t just for teens? Spearmint is great because it has an anti-androgenic effect that can help improve hormonal imbalances (so common during menopause) and prevent the production of excess sebum on the skin.
For a natural glow: hibiscus
This flower is all around us in the Caribbean so it’s common to forget how good it is in promoting great skin. Hibiscus tea is rich in vitamin C and is a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, zinc, and iron. There’s more. The hibiscus leaf also has a natural alpha hydroxy acids and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails.
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