Most of us know tea as that delicious, often calming alternative to bitter, caffeine-loaded coffee. But, the power of tea goes far beyond relaxing the mind or luring a sound night’s sleep out of our over-worked systems.
Green and white teas in particular pack an antioxidant punch perfect for combating acne, sun damage and discoloration of the skin. “The high levels of antioxidants in white tea can help your skin look and feel more vibrant and youthful,” according to teavana.com. A quick trip to Teavana can even provide you with recipes on making your own homemade skin care products using white, green and even black tea for sunburned skin.
The benefits of drinking green and white teas lie primarily in the fact that they are the least processed of teas made from the “Camellia Sinensis” plant, which is where we get black, green, oolong and white teas. White tea consist of the youngest, most tender leaves of the plant, leaving it closest to its natural state resulting in its high concentration of antioxidants and delicate flavor. Moral of the story: warm up to white tea this winter and keep your mug (and skin!) happy all season long.