5 teas for glowing skin
Posted October 4, 2022
A Brief History
Tea has been a popular beverage as we know it for hundreds of years. But according to legend, it goes back much further to thousands of years.
The story goes like this. In 2732 B.C. Emperor Shen Nung discovered tea while sitting under a tree while his servant boiled drinking water. Leaves from a wild tree blew into his pot of boiling water and the emperor, a renowned herbalist, decided to try it. Apparently, he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and described a warm feeling as he drank the brew. The tree was Camellia Sinensis, and from that moment, tea as a warm and healing beverage was invented.
All teas, including white, green, yellow, black and oolong, come from one this plant called Camellia Sinensis.
Based on the level of oxidation when processed, tea that was allowed to oxidize before drying became darker, and it was easier to export. It was then classified into five types – Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu-erh. All tea was green thanks to the early steaming processes.
Teas are well known to have health and wellness benefits, including improved heart function and less risk of cardiovascular problems, as well as improved skin and gut health.
Varieties of Tea
Today, there are more than 3000 varieties of tea. And they all still come from the same plant – the Camellia Sinensis.
Other varieties of tea, such as chamomile tea, are not technically teas, but herbal beverages or infusions.
Chamomile has many benefits for the skin. Chamomile is part of the daisy family, a herb that is often used to help insomnia or stomach aches. Cooled chamomile tea can be applied to the skin to soothe, heal and ease skin irritation. Chamomile contains antioxidants, which can protect the skin from damage and fight free radicals. It is also an anti-inflammatory and can be used to disinfect minor wounds as well as speed up the healing process. It is soothing for sunburns and skin conditions such as eczema, and even soothe skin lesions and chicken pox. Chamomile has been known for its lightening properties and can be used as a gentle skin bleach for dark pigments. Our RevealYour Glow Mask contains crushed chamomile flowers to soothe and calm the skin while ground rose hips gently exfoliate..
Green tea contains antioxidants, specifically polyphenols, as well as tannins, which are an astringent and a wonderful invigorating boost for the skin. The antioxidants fight signs of ageing while tannins cause the skin to tighten, shrinking pores as well as mildly exfoliating the skin. It is also anti-inflammatory, so it can reduce some of the redness associated with acne.
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Green tea is a good source of vitamins A, C and E, which have antioxidant benefits, while vitamin C also helps with collagen production. Green tea contains caffeine, a natural stimulant. When used on the skin, it can tighten it up, reduce swelling and dehydrate fat cells, at least temporarily. For a skin boost, boil and then cool some green tea bags and place over your skin for a few minutes.
This tea is known as “Chinese restaurant tea”, as it is frequently served at Chinese restaurants. Oolong is different from the other teas as it is slightly fermented, giving it a more unique taste. Oolong tea has a lower level of catechins and caffeine than green tea due to the oxidation process. It has antioxidant power and drinking 2-3 cups per day is known to improve inflammation and itching in people with eczema.
White tea is the rarest of the teas. It is harvested from the plant buds and has the least amount of processing of any of the varieties. Its name comes from the fuzz that covers the buds. White tea contains the most polyphenols and the least amount of caffeine. Not only is it the most beneficial variety, but it is also rich in fluoride, preventing tooth plaque, and has been shown to protect against colon cancer. At Kosmea, use white tea as an ingredient in many of our products to protect against signs of ageing including our Replenishing Moisture Cream, Apple of my Eye Cream and Rose Hand Cream.
Black tea is stronger in flavour and contains more caffeine than other teas, but less caffeine than coffee. It is known to have many health benefits due to its antioxidant properties, including improved heart and gut health, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
The message is clear – tea is good for you. With so many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, drinking tea daily is an excellent long term wellness habit.
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