Did you know that the history of tea dates back more than 5,000 years ago? Since its discovery, tea has become a staple in many cultures. After water, it is the most consumed beverage in the world (yes, even over coffee!), and there are many reasons to celebrate it. In more recent history, tea has been the subject of numerous scientific studies examining its health and beauty benefits. Whether applying it topically or sipping on your favorite flavor, the benefits of tea for skin are truly undeniable!
Tea can help fight free radical damage
One of the most important benefits of tea for beauty is that it contains antioxidants that help protect skin from free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules with unpaired electrons. For a visual representation, think about free radicals as people walking around a busy street but they have nowhere to go. When this occurs, free radicals create damage that accelerates signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Chamomile tea helps protect skin from free radical damage by accelerating cell and tissue regeneration. It also tightens pores, which improves the appearance of skin. In addition to supporting healthy aging, chamomile is also soothing and has been used for centuries to promote skin healing and skin softening. That’s one reason it is a key ingredient in Teami Repair Facial Oil. The combination of antioxidant protection and its soothing properties leads to a supple and radiant complexion!
Tea can help fight acne
One of the most frustrating skin issues is undoubtedly acne, which causes pain, redness, flaking, and uneven skin. Unfortunately for many people, it also causes a lot of embarrassment. Tea (especially green tea) contains powerful polyphenols and antioxidants that can help soothe and reduce acne and some of its side effects, such as redness and itching.
Green tea is best known for containing acne-fighting nutrients. For example, one of the most powerful components of green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). In 2017, one study found that topical EGCG application reduced inflammatory acne lesions by 89% in eight weeks of use. The Teami Detox Mask and Teami Green Tea Facial Scrub use green tea to gently draw out impurities and buff away dead skin cells that may contribute to acne. Watch EGCG get to work when you use them!
Tea may reduce redness
One of the most common skincare woes is redness and uneven skin. Redness can occur from acne, exercise, sunburn, allergies, and more. This is also one of the most common skin frustrations. Whether used topically or consumed as a liquid, tea helps reduce skin redness because it has a high amount of polyphenols that help reduce skin irritation, inflammation, and redness.
Butterfly pea flower tea may naturally help reduce redness. A 2018 study discovered that using butterfly pea flower as a topical ingredient in face masks reduces redness and irritation. The same study revealed that butterfly pea flower also helped calm itching and general irritations, which are two factors that contribute to redness.
Tea can reduce the appearance of under-eye circles
A common cause of dark undereye circles is burst blood vessels, damaged blood vessels, or a lack of circulation below the surface of the skin. When this occurs, Vitamin K is essential. Although it is sometimes referred to as the “forgotten vitamin,” Vitamin K is highly beneficial from a skincare perspective, as it helps improve blood circulation to reduce puffiness and dark under-eye circles.
Vitamin K is found in high amounts in matcha tea. Matcha also helps promote wound healing and bruises, which is important to support the natural barrier of your skin.
Tea supports collagen production
The older you get, the more help you need maintaining collagen in the skin. Collagen is the “scaffolding” of your skin that keeps it looking smooth and radiant. Unfortunately, collagen production declines with age. Most people begin losing collagen at a rate of 1% per year around age 30. Tea contains nutrients that help promote collagen production to keep your skin looking supple and youthful, such as Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis.
Hibiscus tea contains high levels of Vitamin C, which helps promote a smooth, supple, and youthful complexion. Teami Hibiscus Infused Vitamin C Serum is an easy way to take advantage of the anti-aging, skin-loving nutrients in hibiscus flowers.
Tea can encourage cell turnover
One of the most important metrics of your skin health is cell turnover rate. For the average person, cell turnover occurs every 28-40 days. During this process, called “desquamation,” your skin sheds dead cells. New skin cells are created in the deepest layer of the epidermis and they travel to the top layer of your skin. The speed of this process changes depending on many factors, such as age and skin conditions. For example, people with acne may struggle with proper desquamation and get left with too many dead skin cells that won’t shed properly.
Rose petals help with cell turnover thanks to their high amounts of polyphenols and Vitamin A. In the skin, retinoids derived from Vitamin A are absorbed to increase the cell turnover rate. This process makes skin firmer and healthier!
At Teami, we truly know the restorative power of tea for the inside and outside and keep these benefits at the forefront of product development. We use the foundational and emerging science behind tea to create each tea blend, supplement, and tea-infused topical solution to support many facets of health, including skin health! When it comes to skincare and health, your skin is truly a mirror. Every line, bump, or dry patch is part of what is happening on the inside. Drinking tea and using tea-infused products is just one way you can support healthy skin both topically and internally — and we are honored that you are part of our Teami family and lifestyle!