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Did you know that all the different types of tea that we drink come from the same plant called Camellia Sinensis? The same plant gives us all the teas that you’ve heard of except, of course, herbal teas. The variations of tea are based on the way these teas are produced or oxidized, unromantically called processing or manufacturing methods.
For instance, we ferment the leaves for preparing Black tea and dry the leaves for preparing Green tea, etc. All these processing methods reduce the amount of Catechins in the final product.
However, in White Tea, the young leaves and buds are handpicked during the few days of early spring and are unprocessed or steamed immediately after picking. As a result, it has the highest Catechin content and high oxidant value than any other tea. This science is interesting, right? But, how is this related to our skincare and anti-aging regime?
Well, in a nutshell, White Tea Extract helps in making our skin look younger by protecting it from damage. Since White tea has high oxidation value, it helps in reducing oxidative stress to the skin which is thought to promote skin cancer, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, etc. It also helps in repairing the cells, thus having a great positive effect on our immune system and our organs including the largest organ, skin.
Therefore, just like how a paint job reduces oxidation damage to a vehicle, White tea extract with high oxidation value reduces the damage to our skin. In other words, it prevents us from looking like an old Jalopy. Let us discuss more the benefits of White tea extract for the skin.
Benefits Of White Tea Extract For Skin
The healing benefits of White tea have been known for years, many Ayurvedic experts call it ‘the tea of eternal youth’. This makes sense when you get to know its health benefits and skin benefits. Here are the well-known benefits of White Tea.
It Promotes Healthy Skin
White tea works in several ways to combat dullness, spots, and wrinkles caused by toxins. It helps in maintaining healthy skin and gives you that glow you’ve always wanted.
One of the main skin issues that most of us face is acne. Since White tea is rich in antioxidants, it helps us in preventing acne. It also helps in clearing out the already existing acne by flushing out all the toxins from our body.
Not only this, it rejuvenates the skin as it works as a great stress buster. The compound called theanine in white tea calms the frayed nerves thus making you feel relaxed. When you are stress-free, then you start to glow from within. (1)
Has Anti-Aging Properties
As we age, our skin tends to sag due to the presence of free radicals in our body, which accelerate the aging process. White tea contains high amounts of anti-bacterial and anti-aging properties that help prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. It revitalizes your skin and prevents premature aging. (2)
Skin aging happens due to both internal aging and external aging. While internal aging is due to the factors inside your body such as free radicals and some enzymes, external aging refers to environmental factors such as the sun rays, etc. The catechins and polyphenols in White tea help in protecting your skin from both internal and external aging.
Elastin and Collagen are the two main proteins found in the skin. There are responsible for the elasticity of the skin, quick healing of the wounds, and strength of the skin. When these two proteins break down, it leads to sagging and wrinkles. Our savior, White tea extract actually prevents the breakdown in collagen and elastin, thus resulting in youthful and glowing skin.
How To Use White Tea For Your Skin?
Now that you have learned about the benefits of White tea extract for your skin, you might be wondering how to use it for the best results. Let us now discuss the two different ways to consume White tea.
Sip a Cup Of White Tea Every Morning/ Evening
Sipping a cup of white tea every morning/ evening can do wonders for your skin, body and hair health. Just take one cup of boiled water and add one white tea bag into it. Let it steep for 5 mins for the water to absorb all the flavor. While the water starts changing the color, remove the bag and enjoy the freshly brewed healthy cup of tea. You can also add a drop of honey as per your interest. Ceylon White Tea is one of the best variations of white tea available in the market.
White Tea Cooling Packs
Other than drinking White Tea, you can also use the leftover bags as cooling eye packs. You just need to store the leftover tea bags in the refrigerator overnight or for about 5-8 hours and then directly use it under the eyes. This helps in reducing puffiness and calming your under eyes and works as an anti-aging treatment for eyes.
White Tea As A Toner Or Mist
Using White tea, you can also prepare a mist and store it in the refrigerator for the long summer days. Take some White tea bags and dip in water for some time, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and store it in the fridge. You can use this as a toner or mist. It helps in feeling fresh and hydrated at any time of the day.
Use Cosmetics That Include White Tea Extracts
Look for cosmetics that protect your skin with white tea. Since white tea helps in both protecting and rejuvenating the skin, you are never too old or too young to incorporate this lovely ingredient in your skincare regime. There are numerous lotions, cleansers, and serums that include white tea extract as one of their main ingredients.
So why wait? Grab a cup of white tea daily, use lotions with white tea extract and send the protective antioxidants into action that make your skin glow from inside and outside.
About the author
Shreya Dalela is passionate about organic living and healthy lifestyle choices. She loves to discover and write about natural products and brands.
- The importance of antioxidants which play a role in cellular response against oxidative/nitrosative stress – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4960740/
- Anti-wrinkle Effects of Water Extracts of Teas in Hairless Mouse – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4289929/