We're all for natural ways that help us to improve our skin, so when we read about the role certain teas play in acne prevention, we were pretty excited! It doesn't hurt that we're all big tea drinkers over here, so any excuse to have a cup of our favorite anti-blemish brew is a plus and a win!
According to Byrdie, via Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, drinking two cups of organic spearmint tea daily reduces inflammatory acne lesions by 25 percent after one month and by 51 percent after three months—which is even more effective than prescription remedies. Crazy, right? So, how does it work? Spearmint kills bacteria and yeasts and has anti-inflammatory properties that help to keep acne at bay. Like all of the teas mentioned here, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to see the benefits, but we'd say it's well worth a try!
Matcha green tea has been on trend for a long time, and with good reason. Matcha has 137 more antioxidants than plain green tea, giving it super inflammatory fighting properties. Catechins, pronounced kat-i-chins, are compounds that give green tea its antibacterial properties and ability to calm inflamed skin. Just one cup of it contains up to 200 mg of catechins, making it a powerful hitter to add to your skincare arsenal. The tannins in green tea, which also give it its bitter taste, act as an astringent. This can help to reduce the visibility of pores and slow the production of sebum, thus giving your skin a healthy looking glow. We all love that!
Curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, is widely known for its many health benefits, including its anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties and antioxidant content. For centuries, it's been used for medicinal purposes to heal a wide range of internal and external conditions. You can add up to a teaspoon to hot water to make a tea or you can try one of our favorite recipes for what's called, "Golden Milk."
Serving size 1/2 cup | makes 4 servings
- 2 c. coconut milk (you can use your favorite kind of milk or water)
- 1 tsp. organic turmeric powder
- 1/4 tsp. organic ginger powder (you can use a small chunk of raw peeled ginger)
- pinch of black pepper (this helps our bodies to better absorb the curcumin)
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. of honey (you can use more or less of your favorite sweetener)
1. Combine and mix with a spoon all ingredients (except the milk) in a serving tea pot.
2. Warm your chosen milk in a separate tea pot or saucepan.
3. Slowly add milk to the ingredients in the serving teapot, stir and enjoy!
Note: If you want to be fancy, you can add a dash of cinnamon for garnish. Also, if you don't have a serving teapot, you can use a large cup or any container that will hold 2 cups of warm liquid. Also, turmeric will stain everything! We're talking countertops, kitchen tools, bowls, cups—everything, so be careful!
As with any new food or spice, you should first contact your doctor to see if it's okay for you to consume it. People with certain health conditions, taking certain medications or are pregnant should get clearance before giving this a try.