Posted by Jeremy @ Arbor Teas on January 14, 2016
Like many of us, you probably drink white tea because you
love its subtly sweet and delicate flavor. If you do, you might be pleasantly
surprised to know that white tea can also be a huge help to your skin!
Researchers are finding that white tea, the most minimally processed form of Camellia sinensis, prevents wrinkles and, when applied topically, can protect the skin from sun damage.
In 2009, researchers at Kingston University studied 21 plant and herb extracts, looking specifically for those that would benefit the skin. The researchers were surprised to find that white tea extract came out on top every time.
The study found that white tea benefits the skin by preventing the enzymatic activity involved in the breakdown of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for tissue repair and elasticity in the body.
Most surprising, researchers said, was that these benefits were found by using a very small amount of white tea extract – “far less than you would find in a drink,” Professor Declan Naughton, who was involved in the study, said.
Further research conducted at the University Hospitals of Cleveland found that white tea extract applied directly to the skin boosted the immune function of skin cells and protected the skin from sun damage. Ingredients in green tea, meanwhile, were found to decrease the “direct effects” of sunburn.
Unfortunately, white tea hasn’t been studied enough for us to know weather regularly drinking white tea has any protective effect against sun damage. But if you want to take advantage of white tea’s topical benefits, you can experiment by using white tea as a daily toner, applying cooled white tea to your skin with a cotton ball, or by spritzing the cooled tea directly onto your skin.
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