I am confined to my house alone. My 21 year old twins are together, a few miles away. I have virtual happy hours that multiply with friends I adore. We fit in work, grocery shopping, ZOOM apps and the like.
But I don't adjust to the lack of physical contact. One hug. Just one...
So, to satisfy that need to hold a human, I'm writing a few lines about skin. (Sorry Kiwee, you affectionate little kitty, you're no match for a real hug from a biped).
Do you know how much your skin saves your life?
Your skin is your first line of defence against viruses and bacteria. You're alive because it absorbs UV rays, acts as a protective barrier, regulates your body temperature, produces vitamin D and heals itself when you get hurt. Plus, without the skin, the sense of touch would be lost... meaningless!
Over the years, cell regeneration decreases, fine lines appear and the skin loses its suppleness.
Skin aging is accentuated by environmental factors (pollution and UV rays), but it is largely caused by free radicals and enzymes that destroy collagen.
Antioxidants against free radicals
You already know this. You must consume antioxidants to fight free radicals. You can eat them (fruits, vegetables) and/or drink them. Quality teas and herbal teas contain a high concentration of polyphenols and catechins (these are antioxidants) that inhibit the devastating effect of free radicals.
White tea (closely followed by green tea) contains a lot of antioxidants. It protects the skin against UV rays and can be called the "anti-aging" tea without hesitation.
What about collagen?
Studies have shown that the polyphenols and catechins in white tea combined with the anti-oxidative effect of vitamin C inhibit the enzymes responsible for the loss of collagen and therefore the elasticity of your skin.
I suggest two HERBANICA blends that combine herbs and white tea to fill up on vitamin C and antioxidants. In addition to feeling the benefits on your skin, your immune system will benefit from the extra vitamin C.
BEAUTY DIVINE herbal tea contains roses, hibiscus and rosehip petals. These plants are anti-inflammatory and very rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
Herbal tea L'IMPÉRATRICE because beauty comes from within! 😊 This delicious herbal tea contains ingredients to digest well and pamper your skin.
These 2 HERBANICA blends contain very little caffeine (less than 10mg) and can be drunk at any time of the day.
One thing you should know or be told again...
Hydrate logically! Drink water, tea, herbal teas, spritzers, eat cucumbers or soup, it's up to you. At least 1.5L of water (in any form) daily will make your skin more elastic and smooth. Not sure if you are drinking enough? Go pee! If your urine is light yellow and transparent, it's fine! Darker than that, well, you know what to do.