Smooth Your Skin with a Cup of White Tea

Wrinkles are like birthdays. We’ll deal with them, considering the alternative. But here’s a potential option for keeping face creases away: sipping white tea.

According to one lab study, extracts in white tea exert an anti-inflammatory effect that slows the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers—those super-supportive intracellular structures that skin needs to stay firm and wrinkle-free.

Put the kettle on
Okay—so that’s what happened in a lab dish. But can drinking tea really fight wrinkles? Research in human skin will be required to confirm it. In the cell study, though, the wrinkle-fighting effects of white tea extracts showed lots of promise. White tea exhibited almost 90 percent more collagen- and elastin-protective activity than the control did.
The war on wrinkles
While research continues into how tea—whether sipped or slathered on via lotions—helps fight wrinkles, you’ll want to stick with the proven protect-your-skin basics. That means avoiding sun during peak hours, covering up, and faithfully applying sunscreen every day—even if it’s cloudy. And here are a few more off-the-beaten-path ways to keep your complexion fresh and dewy:

Feed your face. Get the lowdown on the best wrinkle-smoothing edibles.
Chill out. Discover how being relaxed lets the rumples out of your face.
Curl up in bed. Find out how skimping on sleep can affect your skin.