Will Trendy Beauty Teas Really Give You Beautiful Skin?

beauty teas skincareRemember when only the most edgy fashion insiders were into juicing and doing cleanses? Well, now even your mom snaps up a green juice after her Silver Sneakers aerobics class. So, what's next? Those in the know are turning to the new teas that claim to improve your skin. It's tea detox, or tea-tox!  

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Models such as Rosie Huntington-Whitely go for beauty tea's lack of chemicals or bloating bubbles. And celebs such as Kylie Jenner, whose big sister Kendall is a fan of detox teas, are showing their love for the (tea) leaves. 

Kylie's Instagram posts about Lyfe Tea are downright ad-like!

 

We've heard so much about the benefits of tea in our skin creams, but beauty results claimed by tea brands fall into two camps: getting great glowing, clear skin or losing weight. Big T NYC Tell-Tale Glow ($19.50 for six servings, bigteanyc.com) is a white tea blend that is meant to improve the look of skin, especially if you're low on sleep. Your Tea Skin Magic Tea ($35 for 60 tea bags, america.yourtea.com) contains ingredients "associated with" clearing broken-out or hormonal skin. Republic of Tea Get Gorgeous ($10.50 for 36 tea bags, republicoftea.com), a rooibos blend, bills itself as antioxidant-packed "herb tea for clear skin." Lyfe Tea 14-Day Teatox ($34.95 for a 14-day supply, lyfetea.com) claims to aid in digestion and help eliminate toxins as you lose weight and says their users claim better skin with the regimen.

But do they really work? "Many teas contain polyphenol antioxidants that help put out the fires caused by oxygen free radicals," Joshua Zeichner, MD, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, tells The Stir. "Free radical damage to collagen leads to premature skin aging, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity."

Topical antioxidants are absorbed directly into the skin, he says, but, "it is important to make sure that your body's antioxidant stores are full as well from your diet." 

If you're dehydrated, he says, your skin could look dull. So, guzzling tea could help there, too.

And, it may be comforting to note, tea is the world's most popular beverage. So, along with Kendall and Kylie, you're in good company.

 

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