Keeping hydrated during the winter is no easy feat; what with heaters pumping out dry air, and most of us exercising less (and becoming less mindful of water intake because of it), it's hard to remember to get as much liquid as you need. But it's worth the effort; not only does drinking plenty of liquids keep skin plump and happy, it can also help fight viruses and bacteria (dry mucous membranes make it easier for germs to get past the body's defense systems). But oftentimes it's too chilly — or just plain unappetizing — to drink water all day long. That's where herbal teas (technically teasanes) can come in handy. Allowing you some flavor, plenty of warm hydration (and an excuse to get up from your desk or take a break from work), many of them are also made with herbs that are specifically beneficial to winter-menaced skin.
I've tried each of the teas below (save for the last, which I added for those struggling with acne), and can vouch for the flavor — and benefits — ever since I began washing with oils and drinking skin-enhancing teas, my dermis has never looked better. (And for you caffeine-enjoying tea drinkers out there, yes, it seems that black and green teas also confer some very real skin benefits; just remember to drink an extra glass of water or non-caffeinated tea to balance out the drying effects of the caffeine!)
For more challenging skin problems (psoriasis, chronic acne), check out herbal tea regimens like this one from SuppleSkin, which can support healing from those more deeply-rooted issues.
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