When you sip the first cup of tea of the morning, does it ever come to your mind that how tea can be beneficial for our health and skin? I think it does not, and you probably do not know much about the tea varieties and which tea is perfect for skin care benefits. So, this write-up is all about benefits of white tea for skin and anti-aging.
Well, here I’m going to tell you about white tea not only for drinking purpose but some other skin care purposes too. But before we discuss the benefits of white tea for skin care and anti-aging, let’s discuss a little about white tea.
What is White Tea?
White tea is the least processed tea among all teas. Basically, white tea is the tea which is made from the young unfurled buds of the Camellia Sinensis plants. Unfurled buds have not been rolled or oxidized, so white tea gives much lighter flavor than the regular green tea or the black tea. In spite of the name, white tea is pale yellow or snowy silver. The name probably came from the white hairs attached to the unopened buds of the tea plant which in turn gives the tea a little whitish appearance.
There are basically two types of white tea:
- Silver Needle White Tea (Bai Hao Yin Zhen) – Only the single unfurled buds of Camellia Sinensis tree (Chinese variety) are plucked to manufacture this type of white tea. It looks like silver needles when the manufacturing process is over. Silver Needle white tea gives a very good refreshing taste and sweet aroma when brewed. Most probably, in 1885, this type of tea was developed using modern manufacturing techniques.
- White Peony White Tea (Bai Mu Dan) – Here, the unfurled buds along with two most young leaves are taken to produce white peony tea. This type of tea was first developed in 1922. The liquor of white peony white tea looks bright and golden and gives delicate taste with light flavor.
Relevant properties of white tea for skin care and anti-aging
Before we discuss how white tea can be beneficial to our skins, let’s first discuss the relevant properties of white tea.
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- Antioxidant– White tea is full of antioxidants. The antioxidant level of white tea is almost similar to that of the green tea or black tea i.e. almost 14%.
- Catechins– White tea contains many catechins such as catechin gallate (CG), gallocatechin, gallocatechin gallate (GCG), epicatechin, epicatechin gallate (ECG), epigallocatechin and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). These properties in white tea are very useful to fight cancer and helps to improve your skin condition.
- Tannins– The level of tannins in white tea is comparatively lower than the other tea, only 2 to 3% of tannins are present.
In the process of oxidization, the catechins, which are found in tea, are converted into two types of chemicals – theaflavins and thearubigins. As white tea is the least processed tea it does not go through the process of oxidization and hence the catechins found in white tea are never converted into chemicals. So the level of catechins in white tea is much higher than any other type of teas.
a. TFs or Theaflavins – The level of TFs is considerably low in white tea, and thus it does not contribute much bitterness in taste. White tea tastes much sweeter than green or black tea.
b. TRs or Thearubigins – The level of this acidic substance is also low in white tea, and thus it gives it a pale yellow color instead of dark brown color.
Because of these components, it’s beneficial to use white for skin and anti-aging purposes.
Benefits of white tea for skin and anti-aging
White tea has many beneficial effects on our health, but the white tea skin effects demand special attention. Mainly the white tea skin care benefits are three-fold.
White tea for acne treatment
Almost all of us has acne on our skin. Although it is not harmful or dangerous, it does not look good anyway. So according to a new study conducted at the London University, White tea has a high level of antioxidants such as ‘EGCG’ and such presence of antioxidants work as an antiseptic for our skin.
According to many dermatologists, a regular intake of antioxidants keeps our skin protected from every kind of cellular damages. It prevents acne too.
So, you can prevent acne by drinking white tea regularly. Take a cup of white tea twice a day. The antioxidant ingredients in white tea will help you to wash out the acne on your skin, and it also contributes to flush out the toxic materials of your skin as well.
If you do not prefer drinking tea, there’s another way out. Take two white tea bags or two tablespoons of loose-leaf white tea and boil them. After boiling them, refrigerate for a few hours. After that, soak cotton balls in the solution of white tea and gently rub it on your face.
White tea for skin and hair quality
The presence of high level of antioxidants in white tea is the only key to our skin, and thus white tea always proves to be so beneficial for our skin treatment. According to the experts of the University of Maryland Medical Center, antioxidants contain anti-inflammatory properties which help to wash out the toxic materials from our skin.
Also, it helps to strengthen the connectivity tissues and also helps in reducing different skin allergies and dandruff. Antioxidants help in treating hair falls and any other kind of hair disorders.
As per some studies, it has been found that ‘EGCG’ helps to enhance hair and skin growth. It helps to support the human hair cells too. The regular intake of white tea can prove to be beneficial for natural skin glow, and it helps in the treatment of any kind of scars as well.
Different kind of skin infections which are mainly caused by the gram-negative bacteria can also be treated with the help of white tea as it contains a high level of ‘EGCG’.
Apart from that, white tea has been proven beneficial for treating wrinkles, psoriasis, rosacea, etc. For wrinkle treatment, it is better to use white tea extracts. Apply white tea extract on your wrinkle or on any other wound before sleep, and it will slowly start to disappear within a few days.
As white tea contains a high level of phenol, it helps to strengthen elastin and collagen which are important protein components present in the connective tissues, and thus it prevents wrinkles from appearing on your skin.
White tea for anti-aging
We waste lots of money on anti-aging cream while we can use simple natural products like white tea as per our convenience. With time, our skin becomes loose because of the free radicals in our body.
The presence of the free radicals accelerates the aging process. But you can prevent it by regular intake of white tea or apply white tea extracts on your skin. The high level of polyphenol in white tea helps to neutralize the free radicals and thus white tea works as an anti-aging treatment.
But you can prevent it by regular intake of white tea or apply white tea extracts on your skin. The high level of polyphenol in white tea helps to neutralize the free radicals and thus white tea works as an anti-aging agent.
So, from the above discussion, we can see how white tea can be beneficial for our skin and how it can help in the betterment of our skin.
I think you’ll face the problem again in choosing the right white tea product for your skin and good health. There are many varieties of white tea products in the market with appealing brand name and advertisement.
White tea varieties available for skin care, hair care, and anti-aging purposes
- Loose-leaf white tea
- White tea bags
- White tea extracts and white tea hair and skin care products
It’s a hard task to choose the right one out of these three categories.
If you are the person who likes tea as a beverage and a passionate tea drinker than white loose-leaf tea is right category for you. Regular drinking will help in improving overall health condition including the skin. White loose-leaf tea will provide you the best ingredients than the other types of tea.
It has fewer chemicals than white tea bags and white tea skin care products. You can use white loose-leaf tea for two purposes – drinking for overall benefits as well as apply on your skin for good skin health.
Tea bags which contain white tea are most commonly made of food-grade plastic and silk. There is a high potential that toxic chemicals may leak and mix with your teacup when exposed to heat. Apart from this, the white tea bags generally contain low-quality dust type loose-leaf tea.
On the other hand, white tea hair and skin care products contain some amount of chemicals like sodium lauryl, sodium laureth sulfate, DMDM Hydantoin, benzyl alcohol etc. These chemicals are may not be good for skin health.
How to choose right white tea for skin care and anti-aging
While looking into white tea skin care products available in the market, you have to take utmost care in choosing the right one. Though white tea is mentioned in the product package, it doesn’t mean that it has the required level of ingredients in it.
Here, you need to look many things- the product contents, whether it has any mineral oils, alcohols or any other herbal extracts as the carrier in order to penetrate the skin.
Though, mineral oils, alcohols or other herbal extracts are not always harmful to the skin. But, in some cases, they may be harmful.
Again, you need to check how much EGCG contents are there. As per some study, there should be 50 to 100 micrograms of EGCG per ml in order to improve skin cells.
After going through all these three types very briefly, it has become clear that loose-leaf white tea is much better and has more health benefits.
Now, I’ll show you how you’ll apply loose-leaf white tea externally to you skin apart from drinking.
How to use loose-leaf white tea for skin care and anti-aging purposes?
We have already come to know the ample benefits that white tea can offer for our skin as well as its contributions for anti-aging.
Here I’m going to discuss the homemade method of using loose-leaf white tea for skin care and anti-aging purposes.
White tea facial and skin care mask
Ingredients – Silver Needle loose-leaf white tea, Rice flour, and Banana
Method of preparation
Get properly boiled water in a 6-ounce cup and put 3 tablespoons of silver needle loose-leaf white tea and cover the cup. Keep it for half an hour so that it becomes cool at room temperature. Strain the tea and pour the tea liquid into another bowl.
Mix 3 tablespoons rice flour in the tea liquid. Just remember that the mixture should not be too thick or runny. Get one banana and mash it up in the tea-rice liquid mixture and create one spreadable and smooth mixture.
Direction for use
Wash your face with plain water or with a natural cleanser. Then gently dry your face with a towel. Apply the mixture as a facial mask and leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes.
After that wash your face with plain water gently rubbing the mask so that it can remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Then dry your face gently with a towel and apply normal moisturizing cream to your face.
If you apply this method at a regular interval then definitely the appearance of your skin will be improved.
How is that?
Very easy to create a homemade facial mask with white tea, isn’t it? You can even use this mask on other body parts too.
It’s your choice and decision – which one to choose.
Start using white tea for skin now or regret later! Happy Skin caring!
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