A cup of beauty benefits

by Christina

Let's face it, coffee is king in the caffeine world...and though it serves a great purpose in many of our morning routine's it may not be the best thing for us beauty wise. Teeth staining, Moisture stripping, Accelerating the thinning of skin, and weight gain (coffee releases insulin secretion which increases hunger) are just a few of many downfalls associated with the drink daily.

Though the effects of coffee may not be so great, there are alternatives to the standard cup of joe that offer not only a caffeine fix, but loads of beauty benefits. Tea is the most popular alternative of course, which boasts numerous amounts of health and beauty benefits. Here's some of my favorites: 

Loaded with antioxidants: Tea contains polyphenols, which help to  neutralize damaged skin cells effected by free radicals. Exposure to pollution, smoking and excess sunlight all contribute to the number of increases of free radicals in the blood. When damaged skin cells are present, it increases wrinkles, age spots and loss of collagen.

Weight loss: Drinking a few cups of green/black tea daily by will increase your metabolism through the day and accelerate calorie burning.

Less caffeine: An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine as where tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per cup. Drinking large amounts of caffeine may cause the jitters, indigestion/headaches, interferes with sleep and leaves you dehydrated.

Protects your teeth: Yes, really. Tea contains fluoride and tannins that may keep plaque at bay. Just beware of the additional sweeteners your adding!
Rids Allergies: Want a way to de-puff those eyes naturally? Studies have shown that antioxidants in green tea, block the biochemical process involved in producing an allergic response. Green tea may be useful against a wide range of sneeze-starting allergens, including pollen, pet dander, and dust.

Protects against cancer:
Though this may not be so "beauty related" this is of course a major and very important benefit. Researchers have found cancer fighting agents a compound called EGCG a powerful antioxidant in tea, inhibited an enzyme that cancer cells need in order to grow. Drinking 3-4 cups daily is recommended.

Have you made the switch from coffee to tea? Notice any beauty benefits yourself that I have not listed? Let me know in the comments below!