Winter Water: Teas for Optimal Skin Hydration

November 14th, 2013

Often we think of tea simply as a warm and comforting herbal beverage, but these botanical waters also offer nourishing hydration for skin during winter.  Green and Rooibos teas can be easily transformed into potent antioxidant DIY toners, as well as top shelf cleansers and serums that protect as they hydrate for a radiant age-defying complexion.

Why choose tea for natural face care?

The beauty of applying herbal tea as face care is that these tried and true botanicals are known to enhance cell regeneration while helping skin to retain moisture for optimal dermal health.   Teas can be drawn from your cupboard in an easy-use organic tea bag, steeped, cooled and spritzed onto the face to tone for younger looking appearance.

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Many high end natural products use green tea and rose hip, for example, as effective ingredients that speed up metabolic function which in turn increases cell turnover for a visibly ageless visage.

How does green tea keep skin looking younger?

According to The Times of India, green tea is loaded with antioxidants that fend off free radical damage as it inhibits premature aging.  This is because ‘The aged keratinocytes cells are biologically energized by the polyphenol compounds in green tea…[to] synthesize the DNA and prevent premature aging of the cells.’

This powerhouse herb also prevents UV damage that partially accounts for the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  When used as part of a daily regime in moisturizer or serum form, green tea deeply penetrates the pores to act as a barrier against free radical damage.  So your skin won’t take a beating from environmental stressors.

An added bonus is that this favorite tea is also antibacterial and antiseptic to reduce acne outbreaks for clearer glowing skin when used regularly.  When the organic leaves are used as an exfoliant the tea delivers rejuvenating effects by shedding old dermis– bringing your freshest face to the fore.

What other herbal teas offer nourishing hydration?

Rose hip tea packs abundant vitamin C that fortifies dermal tissue while strengthening immunity.  So you reap the full health benefits both internally and externally.

Rooisbos tea, of the South African savannah, is also getting lots of attention for its protective and moisture boosting properties.  Also rich in vitamin C, this herb is known to relieve the symptoms associated with eczema, by boosting moisture retention.

When applied to the face as part of your natural skincare routine these teas will bring their warm moisturizing abilities to maintain youthful vibrance.

 

Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…

 

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