Using Rooibos Tea for Skin and Acne
Grown and harvested from the Cederberg mountainous area of South Africa, rooibos tea or redbush tea is gaining respect as a powerful home remedy for total body health, offering roughly 50 times more antioxidant power than green tea. A less known fact about rooibos, is that the tea also promotes healthy skin without the need for harsh pharmaceuticals or expensive over-the-counter treatments.
Natural Acne Treatment
Rooibos tea is often used as a cleansing facial wash to prevent or treat existing acne. The tea infusion doesn’t dry the skin or disrupt the body’s natural Ph balance, as some harsh chemical solutions can. This popular redbush tea is:
- Full of the cell repairing antioxidants aspalathin and nothofagin
- Contains alpha hydroxy acids (found in most acne medications)
- Has zinc, calcium and magnesium to relieve skin irritation
How to Make an Acne Wash
To make a facial wash, simply brew rooibos tea leaves as normal and allow them to steep for an extended period of up to 30 minutes, as this creates a stronger infusion. Typically, one cup of water and one-fourth cup of tea leaves is an ideal combination. Strain the leaves from the mixture and allow the infusion to cool. For particularly troubling spots, create a compress and place on the skin for up to 15 minutes. Wash each morning with the mixture and store the remaining amount in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Most often, those who suffer from acne prone skin begin to see results within one week. Additionally, red tea powder may be applied directly to problem areas to relieve acne.
Other Skin Issues Treatable With Rooibos
Not just for acne, rooibos also treats a multitude of skin conditions such as:
- Dry Skin
- Premature Aging
- Darkening Skin
The Importance of Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Found in the majority of cosmetics, skin treatments and chemical peels, alpha hydroxy leaves the skin looking fresh and invigorated. This group of acids work by removing the top layers of dead skin cells, explains WebMD. Equally important, alpha hydroxy acids plump up or increase the thickness of deeper skin cells, which ultimately provides a smoother, firmer and more beautiful look.
Don’t Forget to Drink
While rooibos tea works wonders on acne and other skin conditions, it also work wonders from within the body. Acting as an anit-inflammatory and protecting the body in a multitude of ways, rooibos tea is used for everything from fibromyalgia to insomnia. The South African Rooibos Council recommends drinking six cups of tea per day for optimal results.
Recent research suggests that rooibos also has the power to protect against skin cancer to some degree, although further research is needed, reports the South African Rooibos Council. Dr Tandeka Magcwebeba, who conducted the study to complete her doctorate, found that in skin that was already damaged by UV rays, rooibos actually removes precancerous cells and blocks inflammation, which prevents the formation of tumors. Furthermore, the study found that lower concentrations of extracts from the tea may actually cause cancer cells to self destruct, which is known as cell apoptosis.
With so many tried and true uses for rooibos, the tea is quickly becoming a favorite in the Western World and with good reason.