Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tea For Your Skin?

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]

It’s 3.30pm. You find yourself in a lethargic state – maybe having that carb-loaded Spaghetti Carbonara for lunch wasn’t such a good idea after all because your eyes keep rolling to the back of your head. You seriously need a pick-me-up, stat. It’s common perception to reach for a coffee for a caffeine boost, but the next time you feel like taking a break, why not sip tea instead?
“Uh… tea is for old people.” 
“I only drink tea when I eat dim sum.”
“Nobody drinks tea, well, except the Queen of England.”
If you’re thinking any of the above, it’s time to change that mindset, because teas (especially the caffeine-free kind) pack a punch in benefits:

Tea contains antioxidants.
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Tea is high in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that prevent free radical damage to your skin. Free radicals in the environment attack your cells, causing signs of premature ageing like fine lines, wrinkles and dullness.

Tea flushes out toxins.
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Think of it as water, only better. Like water, drinking lots of tea flushes out toxins in the body. Toxin buildup makes you feel tired and sleepy, because your body isn’t working at its optimum level. Sure, you’ll find yourself needing a toilet break more often, but that’s a good thing, no?

Tea improves digestion.
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Tea helps to improve the elimination of waste from your body. Try this tip: every morning, drink a cup of hot tea before doing anything else. Burdock Root Tea, Fenugreek Tea and Turmeric Tea are popularly used to improve liver function and prevent digestive problems.

Tea warms the body.
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If you’re always feeling cold, warm yourself up with tea! You can drink as much as you want without worrying about calories, and you still maintain a zen-like state even after 5 drinks (make sure you choose caffeine-free tea!!). Works wonders if your office feels like an oversized freezer.

So, what types of tea can I drink for beauty?
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Dandelion Root Tea – helps to deep-cleanse and even out the complexion
Rosehip Tea – high in antioxidants to prevent signs of premature ageing
Lavender Tea – a relaxing tea that is also said to help with acne problems
Chamomile Tea – reduces inflammation and skin sensitivity
Goji Berry Tea – promotes clearer, more translucent skin that glows from within
Rosebud Tea – rich in vitamins and antoxidants for smoother, younger skin
Osmanthus Tea – this Oriental floral tea is known for its moisturising properties
Jasmine Tea – packed with anti-ageing and antibacterial benefits

Tea-infused skincare
Not a tea person? Check out these goodies, so you don’t miss out on pampering your skin!
Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mist
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Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion
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Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser
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St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub
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(Images: pinterest.com, fresh.com, sephora.com, allure.com, respective brands’ websites)

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