I’ve been drinking tea (black and green) for years now and I believe it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself. Humans have been drinking tea, literally thousands of years now and the benefits of drinking it on a daily basis are conclusive.
In this post I’m going to be discussing some of the numerous benefits that tea can provide and then diving a bit deeper into the benefits it can have on your skin.
Overall, the best green tea for your skin can be either loose-leaf or prepackaged green tea. The consumption of green tea is important so whether you use loose leaf or tea bags, it’s just important you’re consuming it daily. The application of green tea directly onto your face can be made using either tea bags or loose leaf. So again, the type isn’t that important. As you start to consume it, you might prefer one over the other, but just getting started with either is the big step.
Benefits of Green Tea
1)Tea is high in catechin. Catechins are natural antioxidants that can help prevent cell damage, protect cells from free radicals, and improve cellular health. Researchers have studied the ability of green tea to eradicate infectious agents and the ability to actually prevent infections.
The catechins in tea can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the common flu. Strep throat is another common mouth infection that could be significantly reduced by consuming green tea. Additionally, drinking tea will help with dehydration which is known to cause bad breath.
2)Tea is a natural stimulant. While green tea doesn’t contain the same levels of caffeine as coffee, it does usually contain about 20-30 grams of caffeine. Caffeine has proven to be beneficial for brain function, including better memory, improved mood, and quicker reaction time. I personally like to start the day with black tea, as it tends to have higher caffeine content, and then switch to a green tea in the afternoon.
Studies show that caffeine can linger in your system for up to 12 hours after consumption. For me, I usually finish lunch at around 1 pm and then have tea around the 2 pm slump time. It’s just enough caffeine to carry me through the day and isn’t so high that it will keep me awake at night.
3)Green tea is often an ingredient put into weight loss and fat burning supplements. Green tea is linked to boosting metabolism, burning calories, and might even be linked to increasing the burning of fat. The limited amount of caffeine in green tea has been shown to improve physical performance, which is great for exercise and decreasing your waistline.
4)Green tea may protect your brain from age-related diseases. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are the two most common neurodegenerative diseases and the studies show the catechin compounds found in green tea can have positive effects on brain neurons.
5)Green tea is another way to prevent dehydration in your body. Being well hydrated is a great way to keep your skin healthy and looking great. Since green tea contains high levels of antioxidants it’s a great natural remedy for clear skin and preventing acne. The video below does a great job of showing you 3 very easy remedies you can create at home.
Teapots for Looseleaf Tea
Over the many years of drinking tea, I’ve slowly switched to using loose leaf vs the tea bags. I don’t have any hard evidence but I feel like there could be chemical leaching off the tea bag into the water, which I’m not crazy about.
Additionally, some of the tea bags have the tag “stuck” to the bag and you just pull it free from the bag before you infuse. Again, I don’t have any evidence but I don’t know what kind of adhesive they are using to stick the label to the teabag. I do know the tea bags themselves can be bleached to be white.
For these reasons I use loose leaf a majority of the time and only use teabags when I’m out camping, traveling, or in a pinch of some sort. The cost of the loose leaf can even be a bit cheaper, so another added benefit.
If you choose to go the looseleaf route I recommend a solid teapot. I’ve tried the cheaper ones, and the handles can get extremely hot, and burn your fingers, so don’t go for the cheapest one.
Here is a teapot I recommend.
Green Tea Steep Time and Temperature
The recommended steep time for green tea ranges from 1-3 minutes. The general guideline for temperature is between 140-180 degrees. If the water temperature is too cold the full flavor contained in the leaves will not be fully extracted. Be sure you’re above the minimum to ensure the best infusion. On the flip side, if the water is too hot the tea will likely be too bitter and its aroma may be lost.
Tips on How to Consume Green Tea
So I’ve burned my mouth so many times by drinking tea I’m surprised I can taste anything anymore. If you want to cool it down, it’s best to let it steep so it infuses properly and then let it sit or if need be add ice. If you add the ice too soon, it may cool it down so you can drink it, but as mentioned above it will be at the detriment of releasing the full flavor.
Another trick I use sometimes is to add a bit of tart cherry juice to my decaffeinated green tea in the evenings. Tart cherry juice contains tryptophan which is a natural sleep aid. The green tea mixed with tart cherry juice tastes great (in my opinion) and is a natural sleep aid.
Finally, the good thing about green tea, is you can have it hot during the winter and cool during the summer. It’s a great year-round treat.
Conclusion of Green Tea
The research into the effects of green tea on human health has shown that it can be an important dietary factor in the prevention and treatment of various diseases such as arthritis, cancer, CVD, diabetes and obesity, and infections. The antioxidants contained within green tea have a wide array of benefits, one of those being the beneficial effects on your skin. I hope the information (and the video) provided above shows you some steps you can take to get all the benefits of green tea.
What is your favorite skin nourishing technique? Leave a comment below.