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The Benefits of Tea in Health and Beauty

Posted on 01/26/2024

Camellia sinensis, the plant that can and does do it all! This gem of horticultural wonder not only can cleanse and promote well-being internally but also has many external benefits.

In the health and beauty industry, tea is becoming more and more known and utilized for its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging benefits.  

Green tea is rich in catechins and polyphenols, phytochemicals which can slow the aging process. Green tea also has Vitamin B2, or riboflavin, which is required for proper development of the skin and can help keep it firm and supple.

White tea also contains catechins, well known for promoting increased collagen production.

The caffeine and tannins in black tea can help reduce puffiness as well as slow down the appearance of grey hairs.

Oolong tea’s strong antioxidants can help repair free-radical damage and provide cognitive support.

Tea leaves contain the amino acid L-theanine in addition to polyphenols and catechins. When tea leaves undergo enzymatic oxidation to produce black tea, the polymeric polyphenols theaflavin and thearubigin are formed, derived from catechins.  All these chemical components are antioxidants, which we rely upon for support to help keep us luminous and vibrant.

Here are some wonderful ways to use tea’s amazing benefits to enhance well-being and beauty.

Let's start from the top!

Rinsing your hair with tea can help your locks look lustrous and silky. Tried and tested, certain teas will make your hair feel super clean, others a little fluffy, and some silkier.

If you’re looking for a great way to apply the tea after shampooing, use a spray bottle. Make sure the tea is room temperature before you use it on your scalp. Spritz enough directly to the scalp and then after a 1-minute rinse, your hair will feel squeaky clean. This can also help remove excess buildup caused by hair products.  After rinsing, apply your conditioner for moisturizing. The spray bottle method works for hair rinses made with a variety of teas.

Here are some teas and their benefits for hair.

Black tea: cleanses hair and can help keep greys at bay.  If you have darker hair color, it can even help keep color lasting longer.

Green tea: great for adding more shine and is also helpful for reducing dandruff and promoting new hair growth.  Apply before and after beach days as green tea can help hair recover from over-exposure to the sun.

White tea: fantastic for promoting increased collagen production, which helps add volume to hair, as well as adding UV protection.

So, if you’ve ever made too much tea (if there even is such a thing!), don’t waste a drop and use it to make a nourishing hair rinse!  Remember to use conditioner after you rinse your hair for added silkiness.

Tea can also be used for facial woes. We all have those days where we’ve missed a few ZZZs, and our eyes look a little weary. Well, look out cucumber, it's tea’s turn to save the day.

Tannins are your best friend when you want to rid yourself of puffiness and under-eye circles. Black tea is a great tool as it is loaded with tannins.

So, save those tea leaves and put them in a sachet or apply directly to your face; you can even incorporate them into a cold compress. By using black tea in this way, you will find your face looking less puffy within 10 -20 minutes.

Tea can also help tone your face. While you are getting rid of any discoloration and puffiness, it also can help with oil control.

You can make a simple and effective homemade toner by mixing equal parts cooled white tea and witch hazel in a small bottle.  Shake well before using. In warm weather, place in the fridge for a cooling, refreshing toner for your skin.

Another great benefit from tea is to bathe in it. Yes! A tea bath, where you steep yourself in the tea. Tea can actually help soften skin and aid in muscular health.

Some teas and tisanes have a lovely floral quality, which makes bath time smell more luxurious. Rose, chamomile, and lavender are all fantastic for the bath. The aromatics will also help promote relaxation.

Internally and externally, tea is there for you. Treat yourself to a “tea” spa day while you sip your favorite tea and feel refreshed inside and out.

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