Lockdown living: Beauty teas for perfect skin Checkout some of these herbal teas for glowing skin

For most of us, it is indeed easy to take our skin for granted. But, Did you know that your skin is regarded as the largest organ in your body? Yes, you heard it right.  Hence for this reason, it is all the more important to invest some time and efforts to pamper your skin.

Oftentimes, people are in the misconception that having flawless skin is all it takes to create a good impression, but the truth is the benefits associated with perfect skin are far beyond one may even think of.  According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and skin diseases, maintaining a healthy skin means safeguarding your body from germs as well as damage to your internal organs, bones and muscles.

One of the driving forces that support all the other organs in your body is your skin. It also plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy immune system. The skin acts as a barrier against protecting your body from all the harmful external agents. It aids in regulating body temperature through sweat glands. When you expose yourself to the sun’s rays, your skin has an ability to produce Vitamin D. This Vitamin D is extremely important for maintaining your overall health.

Besides the fact that flaunting a flawless skin is  key to creating a good impression,  have you ever thought of what it takes to get that glowing skin? Well if you haven’t already then surely after reading this article, you will. 

While we all know that one of the ways to get glowing skin is to invest in several chemical based skincare products that are readily available in the market. Although this may seem like a great idea, but, in the long run, these skincare products can be extremely harmful for your skin. Hence for this reason, recently we have seen that there has been a lot of emphasis on the importance of using products that are made with natural ingredients. 

With the growing awareness of the benefits associated with natural products, people have started using these products in their day-to-day skincare regime.

When it comes to skincare regime, another trend that has garnered much attention for the right reasons is incorporating herbal teas in your daily diet.  The concept of herbal teas were introduced to mankind way back in the ancient times. But they have surged into popularity over the past few years due to their immense health benefits and a variety of flavours.

Herbal tea is  nothing but a type of tea made with a combination of various natural ingredients- like herbs, fruits, flowers, or roots of an edible plant. Due to the use of natural ingredients, herbal teas play an extremely important role in maintaining good health particularly when it comes to skincare. Most herbal teas are also caffeine free, for this reason, those who try to avoid caffeine intake or those who are sensitive to caffeine can drink. One of the significant reasons behind the popularity of herbal teas is because it helps people to reap the benefits of spices, herbs, and plants through an easy consumption process.

Consuming some of the natural ingredients  like peppermint, chamomile, or cinnamon in their raw form can be a challenge but adding them in a warm beverage is a much more convenient way to incorporate them in your daily diet.

In this article, let us look at the different types of herbal teas and how they play a vital role in maintaining a flawless skin.

1.    Rose tea- As the name suggests, this tea is typically made from the rose plant. Since ancient times, rose is known as the symbol of beauty and also known for its medicinal properties. This aromatic tea is made from the buds and the petals of the rose flower. The number one skincare benefit of this type of herbal tea is it fights against the signs of aging. Rose petals contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, that have shown to treat numerous skin conditions, one of which is acne. Rose tea also promotes the production of collagen, which is a vital component for maintaining a healthy skin. This herbal tea is rich in Vitamin E and A, which help in reducing the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. Rose tea is also used as an effective treatment against rashes and skin irritation. Some health benefits include- Boosts immune system, an effective remedy for treating urinary tract infection, treats arthritis, aids in weight loss, and fights against cancerous cells in your body.

2.    Sage tea- Another popular type of herbal tea is sage tea. This flavourful warm beverage is made using the leaves of sage tree. Sage is a herb which belongs to the same family as mint. This herb has been used in traditional and alternative medicine. Sage has been associated with  health benefits, studies have shown that it provides several cognitive benefits. Coming to skincare, Sage is used in beauty products as it improves skin’s appearance. This wonderful herb is rich in Vitamin A and calcium, both of which are vital for cell revival. As new cells start to regenerate, this will delay the onset of the signs of ageing. Those with dry or oily skin should drink this tea, as this medicinal herb aids in regulating the sebum production. Sebum is essential for treating skin conditions like acne or dandruff. One of the main ingredients in sage, ursolic acid, is used as an effective treatment for skin fungus, eczema and acne. Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial abilities, it is used to treat wounds. Sage also increases blood circulation throughout your body, due to which it reduces and prevents the appearance of cellulite. This popular herb also contains carnosic acid, which helps in safeguarding your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

3.    Chamomile tea-  Chamomile tea is popular in several countries due to its immense skin and health benefits. This healthy tea is made from the beautiful chamomile flower. Due to the presence of flavonoids and terpenoids in the dried flowers of the chamomile it is often used for medicinal purposes. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea is extremely good for your skin as it is loaded with a whole lot of antioxidants. Did you know chamomile tea is used by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to treat several skin conditions? Yes, you heard it right, chamomile is derived from the matricaria chamomilla L, which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This tea is an effective treatment for eczema and psoriasis. Sipping on some chamomile tea will do good to your skin in many ways. Due to the presence of antioxidants, chamomile lightens your complexion and leaves you with a glowing skin. Studies have shown that chamomile is also effective in treating acne scars, and fights against unwanted breakouts on your skin. Chamomile tea is one of the very few teas that slows down the process of aging. Not just drinking a cup of warm chamomile tea but even the tropical application is also known to work wonders on your skin. Placing chamomile tea bags over your eyes, reduces dark circles and puffiness.

 4.    Peppermint tea- Another popular tea known for its health benefits is peppermint. This minty herb is native to Europe and Asia. It belongs to the mint family.  Since many years, people have been using peppermint as a flavouring agent and also for making medicines. This tea is loaded with a lot of antioxidants and provides several health benefits. Among the various health benefits, the most notable one is its benefits on your skin. Peppermint contains menthol, which acts as a soothing agent on your skin and helps to treat skin conditions like dermatitis. Menthol also slows down the process of oil production, hence for this reason it is extremely good for people with oily skin. Due to the presence of antiseptic properties, peppermint prevents the buildup of bacteria. This wonderful herb is also used to treat itchy bug bites.

 It's time to pamper your skin with a whole lot of natural herbal teas. Incorporating some of these beauty teas in your daily diet is an excellent way to care for your body from the inside out. So the next time you reach for a cup of tea, try out some of these herbal ones and see what wonders they can do to your skin. Happy teatime!

 -Akhila kakarala and Pic Courtesy: pixabay.com