Brew Your Way to Younger Skin

Tea is the great anti-ager, and we have three beauty brews that will help you fight everything from redness to wrinkles.

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Health smarties sip plenty of this wonder beverage, but now there's tea for your skin, too. Studies show that creams and serums made with the Camellia sinensis plant (which all tea, whether it's black, white, or green, comes from) can protect against sun damage, soothe redness and inflammation, and slow the formation of wrinkles, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Are you ready to find your best beauty brew?

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White Tea

What makes white, black, and green teas different from each other? It's all about how much the leaves are processed once they're picked. White tea gets fussed with the least, which is why some research shows it may have the highest levels of antioxidants, specifically the kind that help protect skin-plumping collagen and elastin

Brew-It-Yourself: White Tea Refresher

After exfoliating with your favorite scrub, gently spritz cool brewed white tea onto your skin.

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Green Tea

When you go green, you reap the benefits of the tea's star antioxidant, EGCG (short for epigallocatechin-3-gallate). In products, green tea may help heal wounds and give sunscreen an assist by gobbling up aging free radicals that may have managed to get by your SPF. And a study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that adding it to face cream helped curb acne and control oiliness (it inhibits an enzyme in your skin's oil-producing glands). Even drinking green tea can help ward off wrinkle-causing damage from the sun, research shows.

Brew-It-Yourself: Skin-Toning Body Tonic

Stir together equal parts cool brewed green tea and olive oil. Using circular movements, massage the mixture into your skin pre-shower. Rinse and dry off, then mix a few drops of the tea into your lotion and smooth it all over.

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Black Tea

Extracts from this tea have been shown to decrease inflammation and signs of damage when used both before and after spending time in the sun. You're also getting one of the best skin protectors out there when you drink it — people who regularly sip black tea have lower instances of skin cancer. A tasty sidenote: Adding a twist of citrus can trim your risk even further, according to a study published in BMC Dermatology.

Brew-It-Yourself: Glowing-Skin Black Tea Face Mask

Steep five black tea bags in boiling water for three minutes. Once they're cool, squeeze the water out of the bags, then open them. Mix the loose tea with 1 teaspoon of honey and a splash of lemon juice. Massage onto your face and let sit for three to five minutes before washing off.

This story originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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