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Ayurvedic herbalists catalogued the power of tea leaves, while the Japanese geishas whispered its secret in their private parlours…
Are there skin-rejuvenating secrets found in tea? Which teas should you be drinking?
Let us divulge more about the teas that help improve your skin:
This sacred drink is no longer a secret. Today, everyone knows the Japanese enjoy a lot of green tea and Japanese women will tell you they owe their blemish-free skin to drinking three cups of it daily. It is rich in antioxidants and catechins known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which help eliminate free radicals that cause aging in our bodies. Free radicals also tend to make our cells more susceptible to diseases. Thus, drinking green tea can help rejuvenate your skin cells and diminish the presence of wrinkles.
It has also been in their tradition to soak at natural onsens or indulge in a green tea bath at their many spa houses. This has been a time-tested ritual because it works and benefits the skin.
“Japanese women make steamy baths part of their ritual. They believe this calming step before bed leads to more beautiful skin,” Long, steaming hot baths enriched with oils, essences, or tea are commonplace in Japan and the key to smooth, glowing skin. – Byrdie.com
White tea is another beloved type of tea to drink if you want to enhance your skin’s inner glow. Tea leaves are plucked when young, steamed gently to retain almost all its polyphenols. With little or no processing, the name therefore derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the camellia sinsesis plant. As white tea is less processed than green tea, it contains a richer amount of antioxidants. With a barely-there delicate mouthfeel, white tea also has less caffeine which is possibly a healthier choice.
It’s important to use a lower temperature to carefully brew white tea. The ideal temperature is around 170 to 185 degrees celsius and the brewed tea would be in a beautiful pale jade colour, not white.
The rose has always been an emblem of beauty – revered for its appearance and its petals holding magical properties for women to enhance theirs. Ancient Indian empresses would include rosewater in their morning skincare rituals. Persian princesses would use rose oil for perfume or moisturising skin. (Did you know that rose oil was first discovered by a Persian princess, Nour-Djihan Beygum?) And since 5,000 years ago, traditional Chinese doctors have been brewing rose buds as a medicinal remedy for indigestion and liver problems. The steeped rose tea contains high amounts of Vitamin C (some say as much as 60 oranges), pectin and citric acids, which relieves fluid retention and hastens the elimination of wastes through kidneys. As a result, it may give you a slight laxative effect. A healthy, detoxed liver is usually the key to a bright complexion that is free from dark circles and dullness.
Bulgarian women in the south of the Balkan Mountains would harvest and make rose oil in the legendary Valley of the Roses. Photo Source: Candles of Light
Chamomile tea is another floral tisane that’s best for acne-prone skin or skin that’s susceptible to sun damage. This honeyed yellow flower helps to calm your skin and reduce puffiness. It’s best to use it topically to treat any rashes, dryness or inflammatory skin conditions. If you’re drinking chamomile tea, rest assured that your skin will soak up its benefits. Chamomile is also full of quercetin, a flavonoid found in food which shields skin from free radicals and sun damage!
Love, The Duchess