3 Ultimate Tea Recipes For A Naturally Beautiful, Glowing Skin
Hello My Lovelies
Summers have kicked in: full throttle and so have our skin woes. Pigmentation, tanning, patchy dull skin, irritation and the list goes on. Hours and hours and hours of rummaging through blogs and pages, the hunt for that one all-in-all Holy Grail product which apparently promises to transform one from a plain Jane to Aphrodite never ends. Because, I hate to break your bubbles, but, my cherries….it does not exist. But before you get disappointed and click that back icon on your browser let me proudly present you these three skin superheroes that even celebs swear by.
Yes mi amigos, I have crossed the oceans and seas, travelled far and wide into the east, to bring you these three miracle beauty teas right from the Orient kitchen.
Why a Beauty Tea?
Apart from being one of the most celebrated and indispensable members of the English breakfast, certain teas have many medicinal as well as topical benefits. A properly brewed “cuppa” tea can be extremely beneficial for mental as well as physical detoxification. Packed with antioxidants and catechins, they work from inside to give you that goddess glow on the outside.
#2nd Runner-up: Chamomile Tea
Now you must be familiar with the calming effects of Chamomile Tea. However, what no one told you was, it is a one stop shop for those looking for a holistic skincare regime. Drinking chamomile tea can provide ounces of nourishment to your skin, making it look more youthful.
Chamomile forms the major ingredient in many high-end drugstore skincare products, targeted to treat sun damage because of its amazing ability to protect your skin from free radical damage. Stress is a killer and it definitely shows on your skin. Chamomile has amazing calming and soothing properties that shoot stress and anxiety away in a jiffy. It is also known to moisturize and heal the skin from inside.
How to brew Chamomile tea
1. Heat water in a tea pot (or any other utensil of your choice)
2. Pour the water into mug or cup. Let it cool down for 3-4 minutes
2. You can either use tea bags or loose tea leaves. Place your tea leaves in the infuser, if you are using loose tea leaves.
3. Dip the infuser into the cup of warm water and let it steep for about 7-8 minutes. You can then take out the infuser and enjoy your freshly brewed cup of Chamomile tea
4. Alternatively you can dip your tea bags into the cup of warm water, let it sit for 3-4 minutes, give it a stir with the tea bag itself and enjoy your tea.
Frequency of Intake
1-2 cups a day
The best time to have Chamomile tea would be 30 minutes before you retire to bed. This will give your body all the time to soak in, the goodness of Chamomile.
#1st Runner-up: White Tea
Well, if you carefully go through the list of ingredients of many toners, serums as well as cleansers, you will definitely find this little baby hiding in there.
Mild and sweet in its taste, White tea is obtained from a rare variety of plant called Camellia sinensis. As the least processed tea, white tea retains more of the plant’s natural goodness than its other counterparts. With a higher catechin content, comes higher antioxidant values. But that’s enough science. Now comes the important question of what good is it, for your skin…
Intake of White Tea is extremely beneficial for people suffering from wrinkles and uneven pigmentation. It is a great addition to every anti-aging skincare regimen. With regular consumption, you are slowly, but surely to see results.
How to brew White Tea
The brewing process of White Tea is very much similar to Chamomile (mentioned above). However a few important pointers must be noted beforehand.
1. Brewing it at a high temperature can make the tea go bitter. It is always better to boil the water and let it sit down to a cooler temperature.
2. The average time to steep White Tea is about 8 to 10 minutes.
3. White tea tastes best, in its original unchanged form. However if, you do plan on bringing any variations to the recipe, such as adding sugar or milk, please keep it to the minimal.
Frequency of Intake
1-3 cups a day
The best time to have White Tea would be a cup with every meal limiting it to 3 cups a day. Too much of goodness is bad, ladies 😉
#And The Champion: Matcha Tea
Excuse me if I am sounding dramatic when I say, if I were single and I were to choose a husband, I would marry none, but Matcha Tea. Yes, mi amigos. This has been a life saver for me. And as much as I would hate to share my baby with anyone, anything for you my darlings.
Matcha has been a common every word, in every Japanese household. The secret to flawless, translucent and glowing skin is now with you. Power packed with antioxidants, catechins and other fancy-shmancy goodies, Matcha is the Batman of Gotham City. Loaded with nutrients, it is considered 10 times better and powerful than it cousin green tea. Lets have a look what this magic soup can do to your skin health.
This tea has numerous benefits some of which are
-Treats acne and other skin conditions
-Flushes out toxins and makes the skin clear
-Acts as a great anti-inflammatory agent
-Targets uneven skin and pigmentation
-Balances your guts and keeps hormonal pimples at bay, to some extent
-Benefits aging skin and thus helps in skin renewal
How to make Matcha Tea
Although the Japanese have a typical method of making this tea using bamboo whiskers and bowl, there is a simple alternative to prepare this tea
1. Sift 1-2 tsp matcha into a cup using a small sifter.
2. Add a cup of hot water. (heat the water and let it sit for some minutes to cool down a bit)
3. Whisk vigorously in a “zig zag motion” using a spoon or a bamboo whisker to make it frothy.
4. Voila! Sip your way to gorgeous skin.
Frequency of Intake
1 cup a day
Matcha tea is very potent in its purest form. Hence it is better to limit the consumption to one cup a day. The best time to have matcha tea would undoubtedly be morning. You can have even have it after your lunch.
Beauty Teas are certain to become the next “elixir” for every modern woman. These work wonders to detoxify your internal system and definitely help in overall wellbeing. It is needless to say beauty teas are a more holistic approach towards beauty. Go ahead and try one of these magic potions and you are sure to see results in no time.
Any thoughts, suggestions and comments are always welcome 🙂
Guest post by Ankita M.