Spring Teas that Heal Your Skin

Spring Teas that Heal Your Skin

If you’re a natural beauty connoisseur, you’re likely no stranger to the concept of beauty teas and tonics. But does your beverage of choice really make a difference in the look and feel of your skin?

The short answer is yes! How you hydrate in spring is just as important as what you put on your skin. Read on to learn which herbal teas you should brew this season to give your skin a healthy, youthful glow from within.

Spring, Tea, and Beauty: What’s the Connection?

As the seasons change and spring emerges, our skin undergoes a transition, too. Now is the time to replace heavy moisturizers with light and rejuvenating serums, work in gentle exfoliation to brush away dull winter skin, and protect your skin with a high-quality sunscreen daily.

Along with updating your skincare products and routine, you may want to reconsider your go-to beverages. That’s right – what you sip throughout the day has a major impact on the quality of your skin! 

Drinks like sugary coffees and cocktails can be enjoyed in moderation. But drinking too many of these warming, inflammatory beverages can make it easier for common skin issues to erupt – especially in the warmer months. Because of the current seasonal shifts, many of us are more vulnerable to breakouts, wrinkles, and damage caused by excess heat, sweat, environmental toxins, and hormonal imbalances. By consuming balanced, restorative beverages (like tea) throughout the day, we can combat these seasonal issues and improve the health of our skin.

Of course, water is always a good choice. But herbal teas pack in all the hydrating benefits of water plus additional healing benefits from phytochemicals and antioxidants.

5 Teas to Try for Glowing Skin This Spring

Green Tea
Green tea is well-known for its ability to boost energy and promote weight loss. But did you know that green tea is also a natural antidote to UV radiation and pollutants? Green tea is high in antioxidants called polyphenols which protect the skin against harmful radiation and environmental toxins. Over time, drinking green tea may help prevent redness, irritation, acne, and even premature aging.

Because green tea contains caffeine, it also works well to fight brain fog, dark circles, and puffiness around the eyes due to irregular sleep schedules and spring allergies.

Hibiscus Tea
One of the most popular beauty teas, hibiscus tea promotes clear, vibrant, youthful skin. This tea is high in beta carotene and vitamin C – two essential nutrients that repair cellular damage from stress, sun exposure, and clogged pores. Studies show that hibiscus tea also encourages skin hydration and collagen production to tone the skin and fight the signs of aging. 

Rose Tea
If you’re seeing more breakouts, redness, or dull skin in the mirror, it’s time to pamper your skin with the soothing benefits of rose tea. Like other herbal teas, rose tea (mei gui hua in Chinese herbal medicine) is packed with antioxidants that protect the skin and promote a more youthful complexion. Because rose also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it is particularly beneficial for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Springtime often brings out skin allergies, redness, irritation, and breakouts, but rose tea calms and neutralizes these issues leaving you with glowing skin.

Rooibos Tea
Rooibos, or red bush tea, is a delicious tea that gives all skin types a natural glow. What makes Rooibos tea unique is its high concentration of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), a rare compound found in many dermatologist-recommended skincare products. According to a study, AHA may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, making it a valuable tool for graceful aging and a radiant complexion.

As an added benefit, rooibos tea also supports hair health. Drink this tea regularly to strengthen your hair, reduce hair loss, and encourage healthy growth.

Dandelion Tea
So much more than a weed, dandelion is a well-known liver tonic rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It helps support the liver in removing toxins from the body – including the toxins that build up to cause breakouts, inflammatory skin conditions, and premature signs of aging. Dandelion tea also helps cool inflammation and ease symptoms related to acne, eczema, psoriasis, and UV damage.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the liver is especially vulnerable to stress and poor detoxification during the spring season. Drinking dandelion tea can help support your liver’s healthy function and keep your skin calm and clear.

Other Ways to Bask in the Beauty of Spring Teas

Don’t just drink your tea…use it as a natural beauty product! Teas and herbal infusions can also be used as simple, natural ways to improve your skin health from home. 

  • Use tea as a toner
    Brewed herbal tea can be used as a toner or facial mist to tighten, tone, and revitalize the skin. Choose a purifying tea, like green tea, white tea, or peppermint tea. After your tea has cooled, apply it to your face with a cotton pad. Or, transfer the cool tea to a spray bottle (along with a few drops of frankincense or lavender essential oil) and spritz the mist onto your face whenever you need a refreshing pick-me-up.
  • Add brewed herbal tea to your bath ritual
    Tea can soothe and renew all skin – not just your facial skin. Adding a few cups of brewed herbal tea to a relaxing bath can help you boost your skin health from head to toe. But which type of tea to use? It all depends on your skin goals:
    • Green Tea: Green tea is great for soothing and softening the skin, as well as relieving redness or irritation.
    • Chamomile: Need to calm down irritated skin? Chamomile helps soothe areas of redness and itching and nourishes sensitive skin. Some people report that chamomile baths help to minimize scars and blemishes, which is likely due to chamomile’s antibacterial properties.
    • Rose: Rose tea is nourishing and soothing – perfect for stressed out or dry skin. Rose can also promote feelings of beauty and confidence. For a decadent experience à la Cleopatra, add a few cups of brewed rose tea, some rose petals, a cup of whole milk, and a ¼ cup of honey to your bath.
    • Calendula: Calendula is naturally anti-inflammatory and a great choice for those with dry, itchy, or eczema-prone skin.

Make an herbal tea facial mask
Add 1 tablespoon of matcha powder, 1 teaspoon of unpasteurized honey, and 1 teaspoon of natural aloe vera gel (optional) to a bowl and mix until it forms a deep green paste. After cleansing your skin, apply the paste to your face (avoiding the eye area). Let the mask do its magic for 15-20 minutes while you enjoy some well-deserved downtime! When you’re ready, rinse the mask off and finish your typical skincare routine.

Spring Clean Your Skin, Inside and Out

A spring clean does your mind, body, and skin good! 

Along with enjoying the beauty benefits of these refreshing spring teas, now is the perfect time to schedule a spring session at The Beauty Within. From rejuvenating facial acupuncture treatments and transformative microneedling to organic facials and naturopathy, we’re here to help you reveal your healthiest skin in any season. 

Book your next visit or schedule a free consultation to take the first step towards clearer, more youthful skin by summer!