Being Irish, I've naturally attributed my fair complexion to genetics. But after writing and studying about skin remedies for a living, I began to consider the idea of cultural practices on skin health. Korean beauty mavens and their multi-step skincare routines and sheet masks had me wondering what aspects of my Irish background could have attributed to my healthy, clear skin.
There were no staple products that I could remember my mother and aunts swearing by, no Gaelic instructional guide to clear, glowing skin. Tea, however, had always been a constant, often consumed multiple times per day. So I wondered, could what I’d only taken to be a soothing nightcap have played a role in my skin's health?
Turns out, it can. Naturally beautiful skin starts, first and foremost, with diet, says Dr. John Diaz, board certified plastic surgeon. “Studies have shown that antioxidants, polyphenols, and anti-inflammatory agents improve and maintain the health of the skin,” he explains. “Tea is a rich source of all of these.” (Check out what happened when one writer swapped her morning coffee for matcha tea for an entire week.)
Other beauty experts agree. "The antioxidants in tea go after free-radicals that are ultimately responsible for the break down of skin and hair, and help protect against damage caused by things like UV radiation and other environmental aggressors [like pollution]," says Lisa Silliker, aesthetician and director of management for the tea-infused skincare line Pai-Shau.
Here, we highlight the most skin-loving tea varieties, and how you can implement them into your routine for a healthy, natural glow.
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