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Ancient beauty is officially back: Jade rollers are a skin care staple, dry brushing is trending, and oil massages are on spa menus across the country. The next age-old beauty secret to enter the mainstream? Beauty teas. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda have been incorporating the power of tea into skincare regimens for centuries, and 5,000 years later, modern brands are following suit. There’s no doubt that beauty teas about to be everywhere — Ranavat Botanics recently added an ingestible tea to its lineup of topical serums and face masks; beauty icon Bobbi Brown’s latest venture, Evolution_18, features an “antioxidant beauty tea” to cleanse from the inside out. The question now is… do they really work?
Nutritionists and dermatologists alike say yes. “One of the easiest ways to emanate health and beauty from the inside out, alongside nutritionally dense food choices, are teas,” Serena Poon, a nutritionist and celebrity chef who works with Kerry Washington, tells TZR. “Most teas, when ingested, help the skin because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,” says board certified dermatologist Dr. Devika Icecreamwala, adds in an email to TZR.
There are plenty of antioxidant-rich teas to choose from, all with slightly different skincare benefits — for example, spearmint tea has been shown to help with hormonal acne and rose helps increase cellular turnover — but regardless of which you choose, Poon maintains adding any tea into your regimen can give you a beauty boost. “The best part about these teas is that they’re almost like a three-part self-care checklist,” she says. “You’re hydrating yourself; you’re soothing, detoxing, or protecting your skin; and you’re creating a positive habit that becomes a ritual.” Of course, as with any skincare product, consistency is key in order to see results.