If summer’s harsh elements left you looking weathered and feeling blah, consider going on a ‘teatox!’ The nutrient-packed beverage can nourish, rejuvenate, and refresh your hair, skin, and body in no time. Keep reading to find the anti-aging tea that’s right for you!
Firm Crepey Skin With Hibiscus Tea
Nicknamed the “Botox” plant, hibiscus inhibits the enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, so skin looks firm, smooth, and youthful — and pairing with exfoliating yogurt and skin-plumping honey speeds up the results.
TRY IT! Mix one tablespoon of chilled hibiscus tea, half a tablespoon of honey, and two tablespoons of yogurt. Apply to wrinkly skin; rinse after 15 minutes.
Fade Age Spots With Licorice Root Tea
Unique compounds in licorice root tea break down skin’s pigment to diminish age spots while also whisking away dry, discolored skin cells. This anti-aging tea will help reveal the brighter, more even-toned skin underneath.
TRY IT! Steep three licorice root tea bags in three cups of boiling water. Let cool, then soak hands in the liquid for five minutes; rinse.
Shrink Belly Bloat With Ginger Tea
The warming compounds in ginger tea penetrate skin, triggering the circulatory system to move faster. This process stimulates a sluggish lymphatic system so it can quickly remove the toxins and flush the excess fluids that “swell” the stomach.
TRY IT! Place four ginger tea bags in warm bathwater, then soak for 20 minutes.
Reverse Thinning Hair With Peppermint Tea
Peppermint tea’s menthol increases blood flow to the scalp, promoting healthy hair growth — and studies show it to be just as effective in regrowing hair as minoxidil. Plus, stimulant mint props strands up and off of the scalp for added volume, stat.
TRY IT! Pour two cups of brewed, cooled peppermint tea onto damp hair. Let sit for five minutes before rinsing.
Calm Rashy Skin With Chamomile Tea
A powerful anti-inflammatory, chamomile tea reduces redness and irritation on contact. Even better? The tea’s antioxidants strengthen the skin’s barrier to prevent new rashes from occurring.
TRY IT! Steep two chamomile tea bags in one cup of boiling water. Once cool, soak a washcloth in the tea and place on rashes. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.
The Three Healthiest Teas to Sip
Give your body and mind a big boost by drinking these brews:
To Decrease Stress Levels, Try Rooibos Tea
Drinking two cups a day of this brew, which contains a soothing compound called aspalathin, has been shown to slash feelings of stress and anxiety by 50 percent, so you can tackle the day worry-free.
To Get More Zzzs, Pick Passionflower Tea
The sedative-like plant prods the brain to release calming serotonin to help you fall and stay asleep as effectively as Rx insomnia medications. Simply enjoy a cup of the tea 30 minutes before going to bed.
To Jump-Start Weight Loss, Opt for Black Tea
A recent study found that drinking a cup of black tea 30 minutes before exercising helps melt fat 55 percent faster. That’s because the tea’s caffeine and polyphenols encourage muscle cells to burn fat for fuel.
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.