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Tea For Beauty

Tea Is For Beauty! My Ever Growing Tea Collection

March 18, 2013

Tea For Beauty

Remember when I used to gripe and moan about my coffee addiction?

Okay, so I still haven’t kicked my coffee addiction. But, it is slowly becoming eclipsed by a new obsession.

Tea!

My tea collection is ever growing. And today I’ll give you a glimpse of the many kinds of tea that I regularly enjoy sipping on.

This is not by any means a complete display of my entire tea collection. Nope and nope. But these are just the ones that I love because they promote beauty and great skin.

HERBAL TEAS

I love a cup of warm herbal tea. On average, I will drink about two cups of herbal tea every day. I find the warmth of the cup very soothing. Not to mention they are also caffeine-free. And are therefore a jittery-free alternative to coffee.

What’s more, herbal plants have been used for thousands of year for their many different therapeutic benefits.

So these are the herbal teas in my collection. I adore them for their beautifying benefits. All my herbal teas are natural and organic.

Tea For Beauty

1) SUGAR BALANCING TEA

  • Consists Of: Leaves from Blueberry plant, Fenugrec, Eucalyptus, Burdock Root, Olive plant
  • Beauty Benefits: Balances your glycemic index and promotes elimination. Although the glycemic index was originally formulated for diabetics, eating foods that spike your blood sugar level can affect the health of your skin by speeding up signs of aging and making your skin more prone to pimples. The plants in this tea are known for being mild and safe blood sugar regulators.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I tend to drink this tea after eating foods that are heavy in carbohydrates. Like french fries. Which I do love to eat from to time!

2) DETOX TEA

  • Consists Of: Aniseed, Fennel, Cardamom, Licorice Root, Coriander Seed, Celery Seeds
  • Beauty Benefits: Boosts your internal cleansing system. Aniseed and fennel are especially known to help soothe digestion. And relieve gas! This blend of plants helps to rid the body of toxins through their diuretic properties which induce perspiration and urination. This helps speed up elimination of toxins from the body. Also, licorice has anti-inflammatory and bacterial-killing properties and a range of other health benefits.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I tend to drink this tea after a festive weekend. When I’ve finished taxing my liver with too much alochol and too many bad foods. I’d also like to mention how much I love Pukka tea for its flavor and the lovely design on the box.

3) BETTER SLEEP TEA

  • Consists Of: Lemon Balm, Vervain, Linden Flower, Lavender Flower
  • Beauty Benefits: Promotes better sleep. Sleep is the time when your body repairs and renews itself. Did you know that your hair grows faster when you sleep? And a night of restful sleep makes you look more refreshed and more attractive? We need sleep for beauty! The blend of herbs in this tea is really good for promoting better sleep. Lemon balm belongs to the mint family, which has been used for centuries to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Vervain is also very good for calming anxieties, and has a very balancing effect on the hormone cycles of women. It can even enhance dreaming! Linden has sedative properties and helps to induce relaxation. And lavender, which has a wide range of health benefits, has been shown to increase the time you spend in deep (slow wave) sleep.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I tend to drink this tea before I go to sleep, particularly if I’m anxious about something. Drinking this has honestly helped to improve the quality of my sleep.

4) SKIN BEAUTY TEA

  • Consists Of: Thyme, Vervain, Grapevine, Burdock Root
  • Beauty Benefits: Grape vine is rich in anti-oxidants, including polyphenols, stilbenes, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonoids, etc. It also helps improve skin appearance by improving blood circulation. Burdock helps fight against free-radical formation. Thyme’s anti-septic properties helps fight against acne. And vervain’s calming effects reduce stress.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I love to drink this tea every day!

GREEN TEA

You can’t talk about beautifying teas without talking about green tea.

Green tea’s secret lies in its catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant and has amazing benefits for our health, ranging from protecting against cancer to reducing the risk of heart disease.

Green tea has also been shown to be very beneficial for beauty and our skin.

Although there is still a lot of research that must be done regarding the effects of green tea, here are some possible beauty effects of green tea:

– Prevent skin cancer
– Fight free radicals formed by UV exposure
– Slow down aging
– Rejuvenate skin cells
– Improve skin disorders linked with inflammation, like rosacea & eczema
– Regulate hormonal activity
– Fight acne
– Reduce stress and the release of cortisol
– Improve metabolism and promote weight-loss

The only down side to green tea is that you can drink too much of it. And end up with insomnia. Which is something I’ve definitely done way too many times.

My cup of green tea: When it comes to green tea, I love only THE BEST. I am something of a green tea connoisseur.

In fact, I even have my own dealer of the green stuff! Haha, I’m talking about a tiny little Japanese tea shop here in Paris where I go to get my fresh organic green tea.

There are many kinds of green tea out there. There’s sencha, matcha, bancha, genmaicha and there’s even green tea made from the stems.

I like all of them!

But the type of green tea that is loaded with the most anti-oxidants?

It’s gotta be matcha green tea.

Japanese Matcha

Green Tea - Love Anti-Oxidants

The Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

 

What about you? Do you drink tea for beauty? What kind of tea?

Beauty vs. Coffee, An Inner Conflict

August 18, 2012

Coffee at a Parisian Café

When you love coffee as much as I do, you probably welcome studies that highlight the health benefits of drinking coffee. These widely varying health benefits include lower risks of developing certain types of diabetes, skin cancer and depression. But when it comes to our beauty and the health of our skin, drinking too much coffee may end up sabotaging our endeavors towards complete radiance.

I would just like to make one thing clear, here and now. I have no intentions of completely cutting coffee out of my life any time soon. But, to help take down the level of my coffee addiction down a notch, I thought it would help if I write down a list of the pros and cons that I get from my daily cup of joe:

Pros:

1. Coffee smells A-H-MAZING. The smell is enough to pull me inside any café I happen to walk past.
2. Cakes, cookies, chocolates, and all sweet desserts are ten times better when paired with a cup of coffee.
3. It provides a quick boost of energy.
4. You’re happy! And any conversation you happen to have after a cup of coffee is sooo much more interesting. At least for the first ten minutes.
5. When applied topically in addition to certain creams, coffee has a lot of beauty benefits.

Cons:

1. It is highly addictive. I am a case in point.
2. I don’t know when enough is enough. So I usually end up shaky and jittery like a crack addict. (Not attractive. -2 beauty points)
3. It makes me actually very tired.
4. I lose quality of sleep. (-3 beauty points)
5. Coffee stains my teeth. (-4 beauty points)
6. Coffee dehydrates my skin. (-5 beauty points)
7. It gives me very strong B.O. (Does this happen to anyone else? It makes my B.O. kind of smell like… coffee. -5 beauty points)
8. It makes me want to eat sweet foods.
9. Doesn’t usually taste that great on its own. (Sometimes, I do luck out with an espresso that, by itself, is The Bomb)
10. I have a very strong suspicion that coffee is the culprit behind the dark circles around my eyes. (-3 beauty points)

So, after tallying all the negative beauty points, the conclusion is that my coffee addiction is slowly transforming me into a jittery, cake craving insomniac with stained teeth, raccoon eyes, dry skin and body odor that, oddly enough, smells like coffee!!

The inner beauty fanatic in me is laughing and crying at the same time.

Which is why I’ve recently decided to chill out a bit with the coffee. Instead, I’ve opted to buy a bag of delicious matcha green tea from a fantastic organic Japanese tea shop. And I have been drinking a cup of this savory green tea every other morning, which has helped to keep my coffee cravings at bay. Plus points for the load of anti-oxidants in green tea!

 

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What about you? Are you a cracked out and conflicted beauty + coffee addict? What are your ideas for easing out your coffee addiction?