The Unknown Skin Benefits of Tea + The Best Tea-Infused Products We Love

BY Christina Heiser · May 24, 2017

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Sipping a mug of tea can be super relaxing after a long day, but did you know that this herbal remedy actually has some amazing skin care benefits?

“Teas are rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, which are beneficial for the skin in many ways,” says Dr. Debra Jaliman, MD, board-certified dermatologist in New York City and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist.

Just keep in mind that if you’re drinking tea with caffeine, you shouldn’t have more than 400 milligrams a day, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The good news is that you can also reap the benefits of green tea, white tea, black tea and more by applying and using tea-infused skin care products. 

Find out what some of your favorite teas can do for your complexion, along with our product picks for each. Tea time, anyone?

1. Green Tea

Green tea contains lots of antioxidants, which helps protect the skin against free radicals that wreak havoc on the body, such as damaging DNA, collagen, elastic tissue and accelerating the aging process. Dr. Jaliman notes that green tea may also help protect against skin cancer—although you should always put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen before heading outside.

Try: 100% Pure Green Tea Water Bomb

This colorful face mask doesn’t just look ridiculously cool, but it’s also a wonderful treatment for your skin, thanks to its organic green tea concentrate and hyaluronic acid enriched formula. The mask is made from a hydrogel material that’s comprised of 95 percent organic aloe water and five percent plant cellulose. This material serves as a delivery system for hydrating ingredients.



2. White Tea

It turns out that white tea is quite the skin care superstar! “White tea contains the same types of antioxidants as green tea but in greater quantity,” says Dr. Jaliman. A 2013 study published in the journal Bio Med Central Complementary and Alternative Medicine tested the anti-aging and antioxidant properties of more than 20 plant extracts including white tea and green tea and researchers discovered that white tea had much higher levels of antioxidants than green tea.

Try: Arcona White Tea Purifying Cleanser

Washing your face might seem like a throwaway step in your daily routine, but the right cleanser can make all the difference when it comes to how your skin looks. This cleanser features an antioxidant-rich formula boosted with white and green teas—and that’s not all. It also contains cranberry enzymes to clarify, Yucca, vitamin E and aloe to help balance your complexion’s pH levels.

3. Matcha Green Tea

Matcha isn’t just an Instagram fad; it also contains catechins (a type of antioxidant), vitamins A and C, calcium, protein, iron and potassium, says Dr. Jaliman. Because matcha is a finely milled green tea powder, you can expect the same kinds of skin benefits as green tea, but to an even higher degree. One study found that matcha had a whopping 137 times more EGCG than your generic green tea brand.

Try: Captain Blankenship Mermaid Detox Face Mask

Going green (tea) has never been easier—or more fun. This face mask is full of good-for-your-skin ingredients like inflammation-fighting organic matcha green tea, spirulina, kelp and detoxifying French green clay.

4. Black Tea

Black tea is the tea you’re probably most familiar with—think English Breakfast and Darjeeling. Just because it’s part of your everyday life doesn’t mean you should replace it with something fancier. According to a study published in the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design, black tea contains a similar amount of polyphenols as green tea.

Try: Juara Sweet Black Tea and Rice Facial Moisturizer

Formulated with fermented sweet black tea (kombucha), rice bran, avocado oils and hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer offers a major boost of hydration and radiance for dry, dehydrated skin.

5. Red Tea

Like the other teas we’ve told you about here, red tea—which is more commonly called rooibos tea—also contains a variety of antioxidants, explains Dr. Jaliman. Although most studies done on rooibos tea have been conducted on rats, the results are still promising. Researchers shared that the antioxidants found in rooibos tea are better at protecting against free radicals than some other antioxidants and that this can also help prevent inflammation.

Try: Clarity Rx Take Care Daily Antioxidant Serum

Talk about a truly do-it-all product. Packed with red tea extract and hyaluronic acid, this serum provides free radical protection, helps fight inflammation and irritation, and soothes acne. Red tea, FTW.


6. Hibiscus Tea

Besides its amazing aroma, hibiscus tea is good for your complexion, too. “Hibiscus tea has the ability to inhibit the activity of the enzyme elastase, which can help break down skin’s elastin,” says Dr. Jaliman. Not to mention, “It’s rich in antioxidants as well.”

Try: Herbivore Botanicals Face Mist

Spritz your way to softer skin with this ultra-soothing facial mist. Crafted with a coconut water-based formula, this product features a whole slew of goodies like hibiscus flower petals and rose. With summer on the way, we’re all for keeping a mist on hand for a midday refresh.

Christina Heiser

By day, Christina Heiser is a senior editor for L’Oréal Paris. By night, she’s a freelance beauty, health, and wellness writer for a variety of online publications like NBC News Better and What’s Good by The Vitamin Shoppe. Outside of the offi... Read More >

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