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A fashion beauTEA essential

19th September 2012

Beauty and fashion is in the air with London Fashion Week in full swing.

Whilst designers and beauty houses reveal the current seasonal trends, it is good to know that there is one trusted beauty product that will always be in fashion (without breaking the bank). Our trusted cup of tea can help our skin and bodies just as much as some creams and beauty treatments available, so make sure that tea takes a front row this fashion season. Here the Tea Advisory Panel takes a look at the beauty credentials behind tea.

Green tea has been known to carry many health benefits dating back centuries, and it is good to know that this easily accessible and affordable remedy can help protect the skin from harmful UV damage, as well as improving skin hydration, blood flow, skin elasticity, oxygen flow and even weight loss.1

Studies have shown that green tea extracts, can protect skin from free radical damage2 and prolong the life of skin cells. White tea, much like its green counterpart, has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to maintain elasticity in the skin.3

Tea Hydration

We all know that water is essential for maintaining healthy bodies, and essential for life. It has been found that drinking four to six mugs of black tea with milk a day is just as good as drinking a litre of water when keeping the body hydrated.4 Hydrating thirsty skin helps to maintain elasticity, promoting cell renewal and helps plump skin which can lead to a dewy, more youthful complexion, and as every fashionista knows, glowing, healthy skin is the best fashion accessory one can have.

Slimming effects of tea

As well as the benefits of drinking tea for the skin, tea consumption has been linked with less weight gain over time and drinking tea more than once a week has been linked to lower fat percentages and smaller waists than non tea drinkers. Besides the scientific evidence linking tea to weight loss, whether you take your tea with or without milk, it is a much lower calorie choice that many other popular drinks on the market.
Tea beauty guru Lynne Garton from the Tea Advisory Panel notes: "Tea has long been attributed to having many health benefits and has been the subject of numerous scientific studies to examine its long-purported health benefits. The hydrating properties of tea benefit the skin, protect skin cells and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. All of these benefits coupled with potential weightloss over time, as a nation of tea drinkers, this is very good news"

In light of London Fashion Week, the UK Tea Council is giving away ‘Tea for Four’ at a top London Tea Guild establishment. Treat your eyes to the latest fashionable London offerings and unwind with a stylish afternoon tea at an exclusive venue for yourself and a beautiful plus one. To be in with a chance of winning, please visit the competition page on tea.co.uk by 5th October.

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Notes to editors:
Free radicals are organic molecules responsible for ageing, tissue damage and possibly some diseases. Antioxidants are molecules that prevent free radicals from harming healthy tissue.

1 Silverberg, J.I, Jagdeo, et al (2011). J Drugs Dermatol 10 (10): 96-101; Jagdeo, J. And N. Brody (2011). J Drungs Dermatol 10 (7): 753-61; Thring, T.S., P. Hili, et al. (2011). J Inflamm (Lond) 8 (1): 27
2 Silverberg, J.I, Jagdeo, et al (2011). J Drugs Dermatol 10 (10): 96-101
3 Thring, T.S., P. Hili, et al. (2011). J Inflamm (Lond) 8 (1): 27


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