The benefits of tea have been known for thousands of years. Black tea and green tea, originating from China and having made their way to Europe in the 1500s, have become popular beverages around the world. Recently, green tea has been discovered as a potent ingredient in beauty products to maintain and protect the beauty and health of skin.
Interestingly, green tea, white tea, black tea as well as oolong tea all come from the same plant – Camellia Sinensis. It is the regional growing conditions, handling, plucking and processing, that determine the specific type of tea (white, green, black, oolong) the leaf will become. All Camellia Sinensis teas contain catechins that provide powerful antioxidant benefits such as helping to protect the body from heart disease and certain cancers. It is recommended to drink at least 3-4 cups of green, white, black or oolong tea, preferably loose tea, per day to reap the full health benefits. Alternatively, tea extract supplements are a way to get the benefits without having to drink tea throughout the day. Try Dr. Brandt Antioxidant Water Booster Original. One dropper-full, dissolved in water, is equivalent to 15 cups of green tea. All types of Camellia Sinensis teas help fight skin aging when applied topically and most recently have been found to benefit acne-prone skin as well thanks to natural antibiotic properties. Try Leaf and Rusher Green Tea Wash or JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner.
Green tea and its cousins are the most well known kind in beauty products, but there are also other teas that have now been shown to benefit the skin, most notably Rooibos Tea and Fermented Sweet Black Tea, a.k.a. Kombucha.
Rooibos Tea, a.k.a. African Red Bush Tea, formerly only available in South Africa is now gaining much popularity all over the world. Traditionally used as a beverage to treat digestive problems, allergies, asthma and skin problems, it is now known that the high antioxidant levels and flavinoids have topical benefits as well. Try Ole Henriksen African Red Tea See The Difference Serum.
Fermented Sweet Black Tea, or Kombucha, requires traditional black or green tea to be combined with sugar and a special Kombucha mushroom to ferment before it is consumed. In the fermentation process, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and probiotic elements are created which are said to detoxify the body and boost energy. Revered as “longevity tea” or “miracle tea” in Eastern cultures, Kombucha is increasingly available at health food stores as a refreshing beverage and has taken Hollywood by storm. When applied topically, Fermented Sweet Black Tea has been shown to protect skin from oxidative stress, increase radiance and reduce fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen underneath the skin. Try JUARA Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer for normal/dry skin or Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Mattefying Moisturizer for oily/combination skin.
Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo, Founder, JUARA Skincare