Teas offer us so many health benefits—inside and out. But did you know that teas are also great for our skin? To see benefits, you can drink, apply directly to your skin, or use extracts. There are so many to choose from, and each of them works in its own unique way to keep your skin looking beautiful.
Check out our list of 12 teas that will help you achieve that glowing complexion.
1. Chamomile tea
We all know that sleep is imperative for maintaining a glowing complexion, which may make chamomile the most popular tea for skin. Next time you see dark circles creeping up, put some chamomile tea bags on your eyes to reduce the puffiness and get rid of that tired look. It’s relaxing properties also make this a great tea for red, irritated skin. It's also full of quercetin, which protects your skin from sun damage with its potent antioxidant properties
2. Jasmine tea
Now for my personal favorite. Not only does it smell beautiful, jasmine tea actually has antioxidant and antibacterial properties that keep your immune system healthy [source]. It relaxes and dilates the blood vessels to bring a rich blood supply with all of its nutrients to the skin.
It can prevent the signs of aging, helps with healing wounds [source], and even treats skin conditions like acne.
3. Green tea
Green tea is also packed full of sun-damage fighting agents.. Too much sun exposure can increase your risk for skin cancer and age your skin prematurely.
The catechins in green tea, like EGCG [source], are potent polyphenols that can fight free radicals and thus reduce skin damage, give protection from ultraviolet rays, and prevent wrinkle formation [source].
Also known as Red Bush Tea, rooibos has been used for thousands of years in South Africa and can treat a variety of skin conditions. It’s thought that the flavonoids in rooibos fight unwanted pathogens and keep eczema and acne flare-ups at bay.
5. Black tea
Packed with antioxidants, black tea fights also free radicals in the body (seeing a little theme here with tea?) and slows the signs of aging. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and encourages a healthy immune system due to the high caffeine levels [source], which can prevent colds and viruses that negatively affect our skin.
6. Dandelion tea
Dandelions aren’t just weeds that take over your garden. They’re delicious in salads, make great tea, and have amazing benefits for your skin and internal organs. It is full of antioxidants and immune-enhancing properties that help to keep your skin young and fresh.
7. Ginger tea
Ginger Tea is full of anti-inflammatory power to aid your digestion and your skin [source]. It’s been shown that when the digestive tract is off, skin can also suffer, and annoying dermatological conditions can arise.
8. Peppermint tea
The menthol in peppermint makes this tea a great choice for oily skin by slowing oil production and encouraging cell turnover. This gets rid of dead skin cells and keeps your skin constantly glowing.
9. White tea
Did you know that white tea has even more antioxidants than green tea and has the highest catechin content! This is because it’s the least processed type of tea. It has great antibacterial properties that can fight several types of skin conditions.
10. Oolong tea
Soo oolong tea really has a taste unlike other teas, but it’s full of health and beauty benefits. It can improve the color of your skin, reduce dark spots, and might even help fight sun and smoking damage.
11. Kombucha tea
Kombucha tea, made from fermented black and green tea, is great for detoxifying the skin. It contains all of the antioxidants that those teas do. So it’s great for reducing fine lines and improving skin elasticity to give you a vivacious complexion.
12. Matcha tea
The amount of catechins in matcha has been shown to be much higher than what is in regular green tea [source]. Matcha powder is becoming very common to use in face masks, creams, and lotions, but you can still drink a cup or two to reap the benefits!