08/10/2008 - 15:16 ||
Skin care companies have long touted tea—especially the green variety—as a miracle ingredient, but when Latina.com conducted an unscientific and rather skeptical inquiry into how beneficial tea was for skin care, we were genuinely surprised at the effectiveness of this holistic ingredient. Whether you’re slapping tea bags on puffy eyes in the morning, misting an elixir of it on your face throughout the day, or choosing products that incorporate it as a key element, tea is powerful stuff.
Check out our guide explaining the difference between the three major tea ingredients, why they are beneficial, and which products utilize them.
Green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis, a plant that is cultivated in East Asian countries like Korea, China and Japan. It’s less processed than black tea, which comes from the same plant. Green tea has tannins that reduce puffiness and antioxidant qualities that assist in cancer prevention. Studies on lab rats have shown that green tea extract help improve wound healing and scar formation. Doctors even use green tea extracts to help skin cancer patients recover from their cancer wounds. Check out
L’Occitane’s full line of green tea products, which includes body milk, soap and fragrance.
Black tea is often cultivated in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It's also derived from Camellia sinensis, but goes through a more complex oxidizing and fermenting process than green tea. It still shares many of the same antixodiant benefits. Check out Fresh skin care company, which makes a Black Tea Age Delay Cream and a Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask.
White tea is the least processed form of Camellia sinensis—fast dried rather than roasted for fermented. It’s been enjoyed in China for centuries. White tea provides skin cell protection and has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.
Check out Origins’ “A Perfect World” line of products containing white tea in its moisturizers, cleansers and eye creams.
Red tea or rooibos comes from the plant Aspathus linearis and was cultivated in South Africa. It’s known for calming stomachaches, repairing collagen damage, and soothing rashes and irritations like rosacea.
Check out Ole Henriksen,
who has bottled the red stuff and used it in face cream and eye cream.
But remember you don’t have to shell out big bucks on expensive skin care products to get the powerful effects of tea—you can just drink it, too!