Switch your hot cuppa of coffee with a steaming cup of tea. Well, apart from being a perfect cold weather elixir, this winter drink is also the perfect way to address some of your pressing skin concerns.
“Your regular masala and ginger chai have great medicinal benefits. But the only issue is the added sugar content. Many Asians are prone to lactose intolerance and the milk added in these teas can be an issue for them,” says Nitish Jha, tea connoisseur and founder of Healthy Souls. So, it is a great idea to explore floral and herbal tea concoctions to replace your multiple cups of chai, and reap the beauty benefits.
Here are his picks of teas to start sipping on:
For acne-prone skin
While sudden breakouts are a common occurrence during the warmer months, winter-acne is real. The cold air and lack of moisture (and even over moisturizing) can clog your pores leading to an acne attack. Solution? “Dandelion tea, Chamomile tea. These are considered one of the best teas for acne because of their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. Drinking the tea can reduce the severity of your breakouts while applying the tea topically can also help relieve acne,” says Nitish.
For dry, dull skin
Dehydration and dry air are the most likely culprits behind dull skin. So, start sipping on floral brews. “Hibiscus, Chamomile and Dandelion teas are good for glowing skin. While Dandelion and Chamomile helps removes acne and provides anti bacterial benefits, Hibiscus has natural alpha hydroxy acids and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails,” he says.
Your regular cups of green tea are a good idea to pamper your tresses this season. Nitish says, “Green tea is particularly good for hair. It is rich in catechins, which help to reduce dihydrotestosterone (DTH) that is responsible for hair loss. Moringa tea along with its antioxidant properties also stimulate hair growth thanks to the Zinc in it.”
For winter bloating
If the gloomy winter rain has you feeling lethargic or bloated – there is a tea for that too. “Garcinia, Moringa, Turmeric tea are great for weight loss. Garcinia is believed to fat supressant and also controls the appetite,” he says.
Late nights and erratic sleeping schedules can also take a toll on your skin health. So, if you cannot hit the Zzzz, try giving a hot cup of tea a go. “Chamomile and Ashwagandha are natural sleep inducers. Chamomile is also beneficial in reducing inflammation, anxiety and stress, helping you sleep soundly,” he says.