Return to T Ching Classics: Tea and Skin

The moment we collectively embraced health as our lifestyle and turned to choices that not only benefit our overall well-being but prolong life as well – we knew drinking tea was going to be the “it” treat.

Tea has been a side-nutrient to regular diets for a long time. However, recently, with dietitians and nutritionists popularized, tea got into the spotlight being celebrated for the multitude of its health benefits, and we’ve all come to adore it.

If you want to have a glowing, healthy and blemish-free skin, here are the teas to drink (or make natural masks of):


We all have it in our pantries, and this is the time to take it out! Chamomile is, by far, the most popular solution for treating the skin issues topically and it’s been known to help relieve patchy and dry skin, as well as acne. A cup of chamomile a day will help you prevent inflammatory skin conditions since it possesses flavonoids that have a powerful inhibitory effect on free radicals. Chamomile face masks are very popular, too!

Green Tea

Ah, where would we be without this powerful drink! Believe it or not, apart from preventing aging, aiding in weight loss and helping with mental clarity, studies have suggested that drinking green tea may help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Green tea’s become very popular so for those who aren’t really enjoying the taste, you can turn to green tea extracts and natural cosmetics based on it. Whichever option you pick, you can’t go wrong.

Yerba Maté

If you are on a mission to keep your skin looking youthful for as long as possible, you may want to give yerba maté tea a sip! Dried leaves of the yerba maté plant are the basis for this delicious tea, and you’d be surprised how multi-practical it is. According to Kimberly Snyder, a devoted yogini and global adventurer, “yerba maté is a traditional treatment for everything from fatigue to appetite control, to a weakened immune system.” She further explains that this amazing drink contains “a long list of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including vitamin B, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and zinc.”

Just like his sister-teas, yerba maté tea has served as a basis for a multitude of skin-care cosmetic products that deep-clean pores and wash away grime, dirt and makeup, helping reduce the appearance of pores and preventing acne in the process. Even though they may not be strictly tea based, the cosmetics we particularly love are Thalgo skin care products, FIG+YARROW, 100% Pure and Herbivore Botanicals as they base on natural ingredients and work shoulder to shoulder with tea drinks or tea products to help everyone look better, feel healthier and stay gorgeous.


Made from a South African red bush, this tea is caffeine-free, and therefore great for everyone who is looking to limit their caffeine intake, or for women who are expecting. Containing anti-inflammatory properties, it’s amazing for treating skin conditions like rosacea or acne. It’s found in beauty products, too and its popularity is increasing rapidly!

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