The next time you make a soothing cup of tea, you just might want to reach for white tea rather than its green cousin.
Although green tea has been proclaimed as everything from a cancer fighting miracle to a major heart disease prevention tool, it has nothing on the white variety for keeping your skin young, firm, and wrinkle-free.
In fact, white tea is so powerful that in lab studies, it beat 21 other plant nutrients with its skin smoothing properties.
So, if you’ve been considering seeing a dermatologist or even a plastic surgeon to help turn back the clock and eliminate the wrinkles that add years to your face, put down that phone and instead pick up a cup of white tea.
Drink away sagging and wrinkles
The reason that white tea works so much better than green or even black tea is because of the level of antioxidants it has.
Antioxidants stop cell damage from free radicals — things in our environment like UV rays from the sun that break down our tissues, causing aging and disease.
So the more antioxidants something has, the better.
The reason white tea is so full of these valuable substances is because the leaves and buds used to make it aren’t fermented or dried prior to steaming like with green and black teas. This leaves more catechins, the antioxidants found in teas, in the finished product ready for you to drink.
These catechins stop the elastin and collagen in your skin from being broken down.
Elastin keeps your skin from sagging and collagen supports your skin’s elasticity. By keeping these from being destroyed by the free radicals you are exposed to every day, the antioxidants in white tea keep your skin from sagging and becoming wrinkled.
Basically, it keeps you looking younger by preventing skin damage from sun exposure, pollution, stress, poor diet and alcohol, and even the makeup you use each day.
White tea and wrinkle-free skin care
The easiest way to get the benefits of white tea is to use it to replace other beverages you drink like green tea or coffee.
Loose leaf varieties generally contain the most of those important catechins because tea bags undergo more processing which can leach them out of the finished tea. So choose loose leaf when you can.
The brewing process for white tea is similar to that of other types of tea, like green or black. But you may want to
- Use filtered water to ensure you’re getting the purest tea possible.
- Heat the water but don’t bring it to boiling since that can destroy the catechins in the tea.
- Put 1 to 2 tsp. of white tea leave per cup of water into a tea strainer and let steep for two to three minutes.
- For a more concentrated tea which is rich in flavor you can steep longer.
- Consider microwaving your tea, instead of brewing your cup of tea. It’s been found that microwaving brings out more of the health-giving components in a way that makes it easier for your body to absorb and benefit from them.
You can also incorporate white tea into your wrinkle-free skin care routine by making a skin mist.
- Brew and steep tea using directions above.
- Let cool.
- Transfer tea to a spritz bottle and mist face, neck and décolletage.
- Store mist in refrigerator for up to five days.
White tea may just be the easiest way to wrinkle-free skin you’ll ever find. Start drinking it today and using it as a soothing skin mist and you’ll be on the road to smoother, younger-looking skin.
White Tea Could Keep You Healthy And Looking Young — Science Daily
Anti-wrinkle Effects of Water Extracts of Teas in Hairless Mouse — Toxicological Research