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There’s nothing as soothing as some quiet time with a relaxing cup of herbal tea. But did you know sipping that herbal goodness is also good for beauty? We put so many products on the outside, sometimes it’s easy to neglect what goes inside. Below are some of the beauty benefits of herbal teas to keep in mind when reaching for a drink.

Green tea

Green tea is known as a super food for a reason. It’s an antioxidant powerhouse thanks to the catechins it contains. They can reduce inflammation associated with aging and help the skin look younger. Catechins even help protect the skin against free radicals caused by UV damage, helping to protect healthy skin cells.


Here’s another tea that does wonders for skin health. It’s also packed with antioxidants and minerals that the body needs, like iron and potassium. It’s reputed that drinking this tea regularly can help fight skin issues like acne and eczema. Rooibos also contains superoxide dismutase, which is essential in anti-aging. It helps protect healthy skin cells.

Rooibos tea also has no caffeine that can act as a diuretic, so you’re getting the benefits of the straight hydration drinking tea can offer. Choosing caffeine-free teas also has the benefit of distracting you from all the sugary and caffeinated beverages that plague our day. By drinking tea, you’re hydrating your body (leading to more supple-looking skin) and flushing out impurities (which could lead to clearer skin), all while avoiding the taste boredom that water alone can sometimes induce.

Yerba mate

Unless you’re a hardcore tea buff, you’ve probably never heard of this plant from Central and South America. Like green tea, it also packs a strong antioxidant punch to keep skin looking healthy and youthful. It contains tons of minerals and vitamins like vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and magnesium. And one of the most pure ways to beauty is a diet rich in the nutrients we need.

Detox tea

If you’re looking to clear your system of impurities to try to rid yourself of a skin condition like acne, try a detox tea like Yogi DeTox Tea. Many of these teas also focus on fighting the fatigue and feeling of imbalance that comes from having too much unnatural junk in our system. That means fighting all the nasty beauty consequences that come from being tired and feeling like crap, like baggy under eyes. Many of these teas will contain herbs that have long been used to purify the body, like dandelion and burdock.