Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Top Tip Tuesday

Make time for tea.

I’ve learned that most teas are a great source of antioxidants and are a tasty way to stay hydrated and flush out toxins from the body. I have a huge green tea addiction, sinking 4+ cups of it a day at work ( hello many bathroom breaks-TMI!?)

But it is not just drinking the stuff that can help in your beauty routine, there are ways to use it directly on the skin too. Korres use it in cellulite cream, L’Occtane bottle its scent,Origins use it the fight against aging and Jo Malone wants you to smother it under your eyes. So even though the weather is warmer, make time for tea. Whether you drink it hot or ice cold, or are bathing in it your skin will thank you.


Teas generally contain lots of antioxidants, which are very good for the skin, Antioxidants help prevent the aged appearance of skin that’s caused by environmental stress from things like the sun’s rays, cigarette smoke, and pollution. Studies have also shown that antioxidants may protect us from cancer, infections, toxins, and cardiovascular damage.
Green, white, black, and rooibos teas, and herbal infusions are all rich in these handy antioxidants. and green and black teas have about eight to ten times the amount found in fruits and veggies. Green tea has more antioxidants than black. Rooibos has more than green. White tea has the most, because it’s the least processed, youngest tea. Green and white teas, have much less caffeine than black tea, and rooibos (also known as red or red bush tea) is naturally caffeine-free but still has lots of flavor.


Staying hydrated can ward off under eye circles, reduce puffiness and bloating, make eyes look brighter, and help keep skin smooth, elastic, and less prone to blemishes. So Drink up! Teas with no caffeine, like herbal infusions and rooibos, are hydrating and count toward those recommended eight eight-ounce glasses of water to drink each day. Like water, they flush out toxins, and improve circulation and blood flow.
However, teas with lots of caffeine, like black teas, are diuretic. That means they actually dehydrate the body so you need to drink even more water or caffeine-free tea to compensate. Black tea can have as much or more caffeine than coffee or a cola.

Tea for your skin

Teas can also beautify when applied directly on the skin.

• Rooibos can be used as an all-over toner, and especially around the eyes, to reduce puffiness and redness. Green tea can also be used as a refreshing toner. These are best made in small batches and refrigerated for a few days before making a fresh batch,.
• Cool bags of teas with caffeine make good eye compresses. The caffeine in them reduce puffiness and under eye circles.

Top BeauTEAS……..

Green Tea: Steamed and dried and not fermented so keeps many more nutrients inside such as polyphenols, the main compound in it needed for its anti aging and disease fighting. Researchers at the University of Newcastle have detailed studies on how certain compound in green tea get help block the activity of the brain chemicals that are associated with memory decline! Another cup needed for me then…..

White Tea: Much like green tea it is filled with nutrients and is said to help with a variety of problems. Studies show that white tea can thin the blood and improve artery function. It helps lower high blood pressure and maintains a healthy one. By promoting strong and healthy blood vessels, white tea guards against the ravages of stroke. Catechins, another group of antioxidants, have been found to reduce cholesterol, and white tea is teeming with them. Cholesterol is a special type of fat and is necessary for health. There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and white tea increases the good while decreasing the bad. This helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blockage of blood flow.

Oolong Teas: Sometimes known as Wu Long Tea, this is the one so commonly known for being a weight loss aiding tea,with even Oprah singing its praises, although both green and white tea are meant to aid metabolism also. Here the raw leaves are only allowed to oxidise partially giving it a rich floral flavour, It is then dried fully and it is in this process that apparently its metabolic stimulating attributes arise. It is also filled with calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium, Vitamin A, B, C, E and K. I take this tea with a little drop of honey or maple syrup in it and find it a great relaxing cup.

Let me know what is in your cup today :)



  1. i wish i liked tea - i'm ALL about coffee tho ..

    *kiss kiss*
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  2. I need to drink more tea!

  3. Jasmine and green tea...so good. Such a nice way to take a time out!

  4. Oolong Voolong Dragon's Oolong from Tchai Ovna is AMAZING


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