Antioxidant and Caffeine-Rich Teas for More Radiant Eyes and Skin
We’re all familiar with the manifold (ie many) health benefits of tea, which contains thousands years of history. Drinking tea can help boost our metabolism, protect us from diseases, and of course soothe our nerves after a long, busy day. Did you know that tea is also nourishing for your skin? The hight amounts of antioxidants in tea make teas a great solution to attaining more radiant and rejuvenated skin. In addition, tea contains a high amount of skin-brightening caffeine, making it a great way to help fight crow’s feet and also help fade dark eye circles! Our brightening eye cream harnesses the power of four different tea varieties to help you attain firmer skin around your eyes and give you an overall more radiant appearance. Like all of our products, it’s USDA organic , meaning you can indulge in Mother Nature’s finest ingredients without worrying about harming yourself or the environment. The bottle is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic too, meaning you can enjoy brightened eyes while also brightening the future with your sustainable choices. Keep on reading for more valuable information on how to introduce tea into your skincare routine!
Benefits of Tea for Skincare
Tea is renowned for its nutritional benefits that are healthful for the whole body. In particular, tea leaves are rich in polyphenols - natural compounds that exist in plants and protect them against UV radiation and other environmental stressors. Catechins (kat-i-chins) are a group of polyphenols that contain especially high antioxidant potency, and can provide your skin the same rejuvenating and protective properties that it does for plants. Green tea contains the most powerful catechin - EGCG - that fights against sun damage and allows collagen production to progress smoothly for firm, supple skin. By enhancing DNA repair in your skin cells, EGCG may even prevent skin cancer .
Tea Fermentation for More Potent Antioxidant Effects
Green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong, and pu-erh actually all come from the same Camellia sinensis plant, but differ in how much they’ve been oxidized or fermented. For example, the Silver Tips White Tea in our toning essence are picked early and from the top buds of the tea plant so they are only lightly oxidized, while black tea is fully oxidized. We decided to ferment all of the different teas included in our brightening eye cream because of the additional skin benefits that the process can provide. During oxidization, the catechins in the tea leaves are converted into theaflavins and thearubigins, causing the characteristic darker hues of black tea. While some people claim that this process causes the tea to lose its beneficial antioxidants, a scientific study published in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that “theaflavins in fermented tea and catechins in green tea are equally effective antioxidants.”
We decided to ferment the tea leaves in our brightening eye cream in order to heighten the potency of the caffeine as well. Fermented tea becomes more beneficial and powerful by stimulating sluggish circulation to brighten dark eye circles. Caffeine is also a diuretic, meaning it can remove the extra fluid retention that causes your puffy eyes. We’ve included a variety of teas in our brightening eye cream to ensure you can enjoy the widest range of antioxidant potential from our USDA organic tea leaf extracts.
Green Tea: Green tea has been minimally oxidized, which means the leaves were heated quickly after harvesting to eliminate and prevent natural leaf enzymes from furthering the oxidation process. This also ensures higher retention of EGCG - the powerful catechin mentioned earlier that helps fight against sun damage and allows collagen production to progress smoothly for firm, supple skin. The potent green tea in our brightening eye cream helps you fight sagging eyes and pesky crow’s feet.
Oolong Tea: To obtain oolong tea, the tea leaves are left to partially oxidize for some time before they are heated. That means it contains the combined benefits of both green tea and oxidized tea, making oolong tea a particularly nutrient-rich tea that is packed with skin health benefits. Are your eyes feeling tight and bothered by dry skin? Oolong is an especially rich source of L-theanine, which helps to moisturizes dry, cracked skin.
Yerba Mate: Contains almost as much caffeine as coffee does, but still has the benefits of tea! Yerba mate provides an additional boost of caffeine for our brightening eye cream to help naturally fade your dark eye circles. It has a higher antioxidant content than green tea. It’s also rich with chlorogenic acid that can fight free radical damage that causes crow’s feet and wrinkles around your eyes, as well as help ease skin irritation from the sun.
Pu’erh Tea: Unlike black teas that have been oxidized through natural tea plant enzymes, pu’erh is a true fermented tea that has undergone fermentation through microbial activity on its harvested leaves. Fresh pu’erh leaves are harvested and heated to prevent them from oxidizing, but the process still allows moisture and natural, healthy bacteria to remain on the leaves. The tea leaves are then left to dry in the sun for years, and the bacteria continue to deepen and enrich the tea’s taste and nutritional content. The process causes the tea leaves to release high amounts of gallic acid - a natural astringent for fighting hyperpigmentation that can cause dark eye circles. Including pu’erh in our brightening eye cream gives it potent eye-rejuvenating properties.
We hope you’re ready to jumpstart your day with this enriching blend of fermented teas by including our brightening eye cream into your skincare routine. Tea’s nourishing benefits have been praised for thousands of years, so why miss out now? Like the rest of our USDA organic skincare line, our eye cream is packed with our luxurious Plantioxidants complex so you enjoy firm, brighter eyes while living your healthy, ambitious life. Subscribe to our emailing list to hear more about our other vitamin-rich eye cream , and how we aim to change the world one by one with our USDA organic skincare products.