The 7 Best Herbal Detox Teas for Clear and Glowing Skin
In the natural skin care department, herbal teas are absolute rockstars. Here’s our line up of the 7 best herbal detox teas for beautiful, glowing skin.
Herbal teas are zero-calorie, caffeine-free drinks that help you meet your daily hydration goals. And, hydration is one of the 5 secrets to glowing skin.
More than that, herbal teas help you actively clear your skin from the inside, thanks to a host of powerful skin-boosting vitamins and minerals that fight premature skin aging, wrinkles and acne.
Herbal teas also have the power to cleanse, detoxify and flush out impurities from your liver. And an unclogged liver is imperative for healthy skin. Finally, herbal teas contain antioxidants that protect your skin from cell damage by free radicals. Need we say more?
It’s clear that healthy herbal teas are your skin's best friends so, without further ado, here are our top 7 clear and glowing skin teas.
1. Anti-Acne Mint Tea
Does your skin tend to become oily and pimple-prone? Then fresh mint tea might be right for you. Spearmint's anti-androgenic powers are associated with lessening the impact of changes in hormonal activity, which are a common factor in acne outbreaks.
Spearmint also reduces the production of excess oils from the sebaceous glands, so your pores don’t clog and cause those nasty little inflammatory marks. Even more, spearmint's antioxidants help prevent oxidative stress in your skin, protecting it from premature aging and wrinkles.
And finally, mint tea's refreshing taste makes it just a great go-to drink for staying hydrated and cool during hot summers. Fancy a freshly brewed mint tea? Grab some fresh mint leaves from your local grocer or treat yourself to our favorite Moroccan mint blend.
2. Detox Dandelion Tea
A celebrity in the skincare game, dandelion features top skin-boosting minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc as well as vitamins B and C.
Dandelion also supports the detoxification functions of your liver and digestive system, preventing the build-up of toxins and free radicals which can cause serious damage to your skin cells if left unchecked.
In short, supporting your liver is supporting your skin. Dandelion does both and here’s our favorite blend.
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3. Oat Straw Tea
Ultra-rich in calcium, oat straw tea not only keeps your muscles and bones strong, but also helps moisturize your skin. Aside from calcium, oat straw tea is loaded with top skin nutrients, including:
Vitamin A for cell growth and healthy cell turnover
Vitamin C for collagen production
Iron to help supply the skin with oxygen
Antioxidants to protect your skin from nasty free radicals
Trying to figure out what oat straw is? Check it out here.
4. Hibiscus Tea
If you had to pack for a remote island vacation and only had space for one single loose leaf tea, hibiscus should be it.
High in antioxidants, iron, zinc as well as vitamins B1, B2, A and C, hibiscus tea is the Botox of healthy teas – an absolute skin elasticity and skin health champ.
Hibiscus is naturally rich in Vitamin C, thereby stimulating the production of collagen which is the main structural protein in charge of your skin's elasticity. Also, hibiscus contains some of the most important vitamins (A, B1, B2, C) and minerals (zinc and iron) for the skin.
But what makes it stand out in the universe of skin care teas are omega-3 fatty acids which are extremely healthy fats that give your skin the moisture it needs to just G.L.O.W. By now, you shouldn’t require anymore convincing, so explore our favorite blend.
5. Milk Thistle Tea
Milk thistle tea may be a lesser known variety, but it contains antioxidants and an element called silymarin which has regenerative properties that protect your liver from cell damage.
And, remember, what is good for your liver is good for your skin, so incorporate some milk thistle into your tea collection.
6. Rooibos Tea
What could a common shrub from South Africa called red bush possibly contain that might be good for your skin? Well, quite a lot actually.
While its vitamin and mineral content don’t hold up to the others, rooibos contains tons of powerful antioxidants that make this tea leaf a heavy-weight in the anti-aging arena.
You probably have never heard of nothofagin, aspalathin, and superoxide dismutase before. Just know that they are critical to protecting your cells from damage, premature aging and a bad complexion — and rooibos tea is jam packed with them.
7. Turmeric-Ginger-Lemon Tea
Each of these three ingredients is an absolute superfood in its own right:
Turmeric is an ancient Indian medicinal spice that holds powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Ginger is a millennia old dual herb-spice that’s rich in Vitamin C, magnesium, amino acids and elements such as calcium, zinc, sodium and phosphorus.
Ginger also owes its health-boosting reputation to its unique tongue-twisting phenol compounds (gingerol, shogaol, paradol and zingerone) endowing it with potent anti-inflammation and antioxidant powers.
Now, add to that the Vitamin C found in lemon which is associated with reducing wrinkles, dry skin, and cell damage from sunburn. And there you have it: the ultimate detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, skin reboot tea.
Recipe for this 3-ingredient blend:
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated turmeric root
- 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
- 4 cups boiling filtered water
Because they are designed to cleanse, to be most effective it is important that your detox tea blends be natural, organic and free from chemicals and preservatives. This is because non-organic teas often contain residual pesticides that can interfere with the detox process.
Make your teas with hot, not boiling water as this would burn your tea leaves. Also, try to drink your teas unsweetened or lightly sweetened only, so not to offset their health benefits by turning them into sugar and calorie bombs.
When you start out on your detox tea exploration journey, keep in mind that flavor matters. If your taste buds tell you a tea is not for you, just try another one you like better. Ultimately, the best skin tea for you is the one that you like so much that you drink it every day!
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Healthy Tea Resources
Our list of the top 10 healthy teas to drink on a daily basis.
An awesome excerpt from George Orwell’s less well known, yet all the more memorable piece “A Nice Cup of Tea”.
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An organic herbal tea shop offering a variety of hand-blended loose leaf and packaged teas.
High-quality kitchenware brand with a full range of thoughtfully designed tea kettles, pots and mugs.