The secret to warming up, getting your antioxidants and reviving dry winter skin can be as easy as putting the kettle on. This low cost, delicious miracle in a mug is of course tea!
Being English my kettle rarely get a chance to cool between brews. It’s great to know that 2 of my favorite beverages also promote a variety of health benefits.
- Green tea is made from leaves which are not fermented and therefore, have the highest level of polyphenols (also known as flavonoids), which are chemical compounds that act as a defense mechanism against harmful environmental conditions. They can help to clear cell damage on the skin, reduce inflammation, protect against free radicals and keep your skin looking smooth and youthful. For extra beautification apply green tea directly to the skin.
- Black tea is made from the same leaves as green tea. It contains ten times more antioxidants than found in fruit and vegetables. It also contains the aflavins and thearubigens that can contribute to your health generally. Researchers found that adding milk to black tea reduces its antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects, so for maximum benefits, skip the milk and try a squeeze of lemon instead. Black tea works very well when applied to skin. It’s strong antioxidants along with vitamins E and C fight the free radicals that can cause premature aging.
- Used tea bags are terrific as an astringent that soothes puffy eyes, spots and blemishes.
- Don’t neglect your water consumption. Good hydration leads to skin that glows and looks naturally younger!
- Drink up and stay looking gorgeous year round from the inside out.