Gaby gabs about tea…I just wanted to if applying red tea on my face is actually beneficial for it, I use regular tea and apply it on my face after washing it at night, is red tea good for the skin?
The Right Brain brews this response
Tea is a hot ingredient these days. Green tea (and black tea too) comes from the plant called Camellia sinensis which is rich in ingredients known as polyphenols that have antioxidant properties. These are ingredients that scavenge “free radicals,” the toxic by-product of natural biological processes that can damage cells and lead to cancer. For more background on the healthful aspects of tea we refer you to this great article from WebMD.
Red Tea, also known as Rooibos, is not really “tea” in the traditional sense. It comes from a different plant – Aspalathus Linearis – an indigenous shrub that grows only in the mountainous region close to the Cape of Good Hope. There’s not a lot of solid scientific data on Red Tea but it’s said by some to have 50% more antioxidants than are found in green tea. In addition, it’s caffeine-free and low in tannins, the residue in teas that can sometimes cause digestive problems.
So how effective is this ingredient on your face? Well, IF the concentration of antioxidants in the tea is high enough, and IF you leave it on your skin long enough, then it’s possible that it may help. But in reality, you can have a much more positive effect just by using a sunscreen. (Some data suggests using sunscreen with an antioxidant may work well too. ) Bottom line: red tea, MAY have some beneficial effect. Now, if you really think your skin needs antioxidant therapy you might want to consider using one of Jennifer Aniston’s favorite products: A skin treatment containing Grape seed extract. There’s not much data to show this is effective either, but hey, at least you can say you use the same product as Jennifer Aniston!