As modern research has uncovered, there are many health benefits associated with consuming tea on a regular basis. Green and white tea, especially, are rich with antioxidants, which aid in thwarting the development of cancer cells. Therefore, it is only appropriate that research has also been conducted on the topical uses of tea, since it has so many benefits when consumed. The realization of these uses has spurred a new popularity in adding tea to a wide variety of beauty products and regimens, and tea has now become a trendy ingredient to utilize for cosmetic companies.
Overall, green and white tea are the most popular teas to use in regard to skin care. The same antioxidants present in these teas that benefit internal health act as balancing agents for the skin, as well as protect it against damage. Specifically, these teas are useful in providing hydration to the skin, neutralizing free radicals, and protecting it against inflammation. In reducing the amount of stress put on skin by outside factors, green and white tea can subsequently reduce the rate of aging and protect against sun damage.
Many anti-aging lotions and serums have been created with green tea or white tea as one of the active ingredients, and some anti-acne regimens include these types of tea for their balancing properties. Though green and white tea are similar in their benefits for skin, white tea has proven to be richer in antioxidants, and thus, slightly more effective in fighting free radicals and preventing aging. Another aspect of both green and white teas that is great for skin is the amount of caffeine in both, as caffeine acts as an energizer for the skin by increasing blood flow.
As mentioned previously, there are many beauty products infused with green and white tea that can be purchased from cosmetics retailers, but there are also ways to simply use your own fresh brewed tea for the same effect. The easiest methods are to either use tea bags that have been recently steeped and cooled to lightly press on the face, or to use the room temperature prepared tea to splash on the face directly. Other home-prepared methods that include slightly more complex directions include creating a green or white tea mask, lotion, or face scrub; there are many recipes online for each of these, so when feeling adventurous, find one and give it a try.
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