Green tea may be the closest thing to a magic potion that you can get. Its polyphenols and nutrients help to protect our heart, lower stress levels and cleanse our body of toxins. What’s more, it can also be the missing link to help you get the flawless skin you so crave. Here are just a few of the reported benefits of drinking tea for your skin.
Improves skin complexion
By flushing out toxins in your body, green tea not only benefits your internal organs but your skin too. Toxins in your skin can cause the cells to malfunction and even die, leading to a loss of elasticity, blemishes and even wrinkles. By ridding your skin of toxins and harmful chemicals, green tea keeps your skin cells functioning correctly and looking their best.
The polyphenols in green tea are powerful antioxidants that help to undo the damage caused by free radicals, harmful chemicals created by sun exposure. According to one study, just two cups of green tea a day is enough to reduce the inflammation and redness caused by sun exposure.
Reduce puffy eyes
We all experience tired, puffy looking eyes when we haven’t been getting enough sleep. And if you’re as busy as me, getting in an afternoon power nap is out of the question. Instead, place green tea bags that have been soaked in cool water over your eyes for five minutes. The polyphenols and tannins found in green tea shrink the blood vessels in the area, reducing the inflammation and swelling.
As with the remedy for puffy eyes, it’s not just through drinking green tea we can get its benefits, but applying it topically to our skin can also reduce the appearance of acne and blackheads too. Green tea’s antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties all come together synergistically, with studies reporting an over 50% reduction in the appearance of acne and pimples after topical application.
Green tea has also shown benefits as an exfoliator and for hair growth. So what are you waiting for, get down to your nearest health food store and pick some up today!