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The Relationship Between Tea and Your Skin

Tea is not only delicious and refreshing but a staple in many cultures around the world. In fact, it’s the second most consumed beverage after water, and yes, even over coffee. In recent history, tea has been scientifically studied in order to examine its beauty and health benefits. Whether you’re using tea in a homemade topical solution or simply sipping it in the afternoon, let’s discuss the reasons why including tea in your skincare routine offers tons of benefits. 

  • Tea is rich in antioxidants.
  • Tea has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Green tea has high levels of catechins.
  • Matcha has a high amount of Vitamin K.

Tea is rich in antioxidants.

Antioxidants are molecules that help neutralize free radicals or unstable molecules that can damage cells and expedite the aging process. You can utilize these antioxidants to your skin’s advantage by drinking tea. 

The antioxidant epigallocatechin, or EGCG, has been shown to protect skin against the sun’s UV rays. By protecting against UV rays, these antioxidants can reduce damage to the skin, including sunburn and the increased risk of skin cancer. 

Antioxidants found in tea can help improve skin texture by stimulating collagen production. Aging skin produces less collagen, causing lower elasticity and more rapid aging. By drinking tea, these antioxidant-rich compounds can stimulate collagen production, increasing elasticity and smoothing wrinkles.

Tea has anti-inflammatory properties.

Teas are known to contain multiple natural compounds, like catechins, flavonoids, and polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory properties. This means they can help reduce inflammation, which is a common immune system response to injury or infection. When chronic, it can harm the skin and underlying tissues.

Drinking tea has positive effects, but applying it to the skin can yield even more benefits. Green tea extract is often found in natural skincare products, due to its anti-inflammatory and calming properties. Additionally, it defends against damage caused by UV rays and other environmental stressors that lead to premature aging.

Green tea has high levels of catechins.

Although all tea is good for your skin, green tea has a high level of catechins that offers a number of potential benefits. Along with the anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant effects, catechins offer moisturizing properties. 

Catechins can help keep skin hydrated and reduce dryness, flakiness, and other signs of dehydration. They also have antibacterial and antifungal properties, helping fight acne, infections, and eczema. Additionally, catechins can reduce dark circles around the eyes by improving blood circulation.

If you want to learn more about the beneficial properties in Green Tea, visit our blog and read about The Magic of Green Tea.

Matcha has a high amount of Vitamin K.

Matcha is an abundant source of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including vitamin K. This fat-soluble vitamin helps with blood clotting and bone health and may even benefit your skin.

Vitamin K promotes blood clotting, helping reduce the visibility of bruises and scars on the skin. It also strengthens capillaries and increases blood flow, promoting the growth of new, healthy tissues. Matcha is also rich in other nutrients such as chlorophyll and amino acids that improve skin health. Though its quantities of vitamin K are lower than other leafy greens, regular consumption as part of an overall balanced diet can be beneficial for your skin. 

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Trying to decide what type of tea to start with? Our robust selection of green teasblack teasrooibos teas, etc, can help you address various skin conditions. Join Bretta on our Youtube to learn even more about the positive effects of tea on your skin. 

My Cup of Tea is a non-profit in Memphis, TN that serves as an office, packing hub, retail store, and place of refuge for the women of Orange Mound. Our mission is to provide women in our community with the tools they need to thrive. We import the highest quality tea from tea estates and gardens in the Far East where they are weighed, re-formatted, and packaged for sale by the women who work here. Your purchase of our teas or other products opens a pathway for positive change and upward mobility for the courageous women who create them. Learn more about our story here

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