I can’t lie, I’m addicted to drinking tea. Be it black tea, white tea, oolong tea, camomile tea, flavoured tea… Well, except ginger flavoured tea cos it gives me a sick feeling deep inside my tummy. I drink a whole lot of tea some days more than 4 mugs and me being the curious cat I am, I decided to find out what benefits or risk come with drinking a lot of tea. This post I’m going to share with you some basic knowledge I’ve gained about the benefits (…as related to skin) of drinking Black tea!
What is Black tea?
Black tea is apparently named after it’s colour. It is supposedly one of the most widely consumed tea here in Nigeria, there’s a top label brand and my good ol’ fav ~ Lipton
Black tea is made from the leaves of a plant called camellia sinensis. The freshly plucked leaves are exposed to moist, oxygen-rich air in a process called oxidation which turns the leaves from green to dark brownish-black colour. Black tea is more oxidised than the oolong, white, green tea and this also gives it a stronger flavour and aroma than the rest of the teas. Talking of caffeine, A mug of black tea contains half the amount of caffeine in a mug of coffee!
Skin benefits of drinking Black tea
Tho it’s overall nutritional value makes it beneficial to the skin, the numero uno benefit of drinking black tea is the fact that water is it’s main constituent. I’m sure we are not new to the health and skin benefits of drinking enough water and staying hydrated.
Black tea is also rich in essential antioxidants called Polyphenols and Tannins and contains some micronutrients which includes magnesium, potassium & zinc.
Internally, Polyphenols and Tannins present in black tea act by accelerating the process of skin cell regeneration thus preventing pre-mature aging, wrinkles/fine lines, acne and pimples. This in turn decelerate the aging process of skin. These antioxidants protect the skin from negative harmful effect exerted on it by the external environment. These antioxidants also improve blood circulation and fight bacteria to provide a protection from skin diseases.
Externally, applying a warm used black tea bag on a blind pimple can make it go away in a few days max! And I recently learned that preparing a mug of hot black tea and pouring it into your bath water can help to naturally fight and take away cellulite.
Tip: Adding a dash of lemon juice in your mug of black tea in the morning can help with weight loss and bowel detox!
Ah! No wonder kermit always sipping on Black tea.
Yea Yea… anno too much of anything isn’t good but don’t think about that, Just keep calm and give in to black tea addiction 🙂
Do you like drinking tea? What are your fav brands/flavours? It’s always exciting to read your comments and suggestions. Stay glam… xxx 🙂