Antioxidant powered teas such as Green Tea and Black Tea have been shown to provide great benefits to the skin, in addition to several well known health benefits. But did you know that there's a tea even MORE powerful than its predecessors? Yes, there is! We would like to introduce to you the potent health and beauty booster Purple Tea, which has shown even more promising abilities and benefits than the previous teas mentioned for the body and skin alike!
“Purple Tea?” you may be wondering. Yes, the tea is really purple! Purple Leaf Tea is a type of cultivar from the Camellia Sinensis (species) Assamica (varietal). This basically means it’s just one of the many variants of the popular tea plant. The purple color the leaves contain is a result of a genetic mutation! The reason it is called Purple Tea, is because...you guessed it, because of the purple leaves that it grows! The super-antioxidants called anthocyanins that the leaves contain are the reason for the rich violet color.
This antioxidant is also responsible for the deep colors in fruit like acai berries, pomegranates, red grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. Purple tea can only be made with the purple leaves. Leaves that are showing signs of fading to green cannot be used. Not only has it shown itself to be a powerful ingredient when it comes to health within the body, but a promising skin care ingredient as well! We’re going to shed some light on this royally hued tea, and how it can provide an edge in the journey to achieve supple, youthful skin!
Where did Purple Tea Come From?
People first discovered Purple Tea growing wild in the Assam region of India, but now it's grown commercially in Kenya, Africa, and has become part of Kenya's largest exports. Tea is the most exported crop in the country and Kenya is one of the world's largest producers of it.
Kenya also has the perfect environment for the Purple Tea to flourish due to the land conducive weather and the high elevation! There's plenty of space and farm land for the workers to grow the plant as well. The farmers in Kenya have worked hard over the years to ensure that the violet colored plants remain healthy and viable, and hope that the tea will assist them in creating better lives for them and their families. We have much to thank them for, especially for allowing us to experience the wonderful effects of this rare plant.
What Makes Purple Tea Different From Other Teas?
Purple tea contains the highest levels of antioxidants of all the afore teas mentioned. It also contains the highest levels of anthocyanins and polyphenols recorded in teas. These anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and adaptogenic qualities that can provide benefits for the skin and body. One of the key factors in the high anthocyanin count is how the leaves are grown and their location. Kenya is fortunate to have land with high elevations as the leaves are grown at an extremely high altitude in the mountains. As a result, they are more exposed to the sun.
Because of this, they receive more contact with ultraviolet radiation, which triggers the plants to produce more anthocyanins and other antioxidants to protect themselves. They also contain an extremely high amount of polyphenols as well which also aid in protecting them from the sun. The polyphenols it contains are hardier than the ones found in green tea and black tea. That is quite an impressive level of stats to have for one type of tea!
The leaves require a process called withering to create the ideal sweet taste and to extract the moisture from the leaves. After that, they’re steamed in a way similar to green tea, and are rolled and dried. Then they’re plucked. Because of the way it’s prepared, it has half the caffeine of green tea so it won’t make one jittery. Purple tea has a pleasant taste for the most part, a naturally sweet taste resembling that of a plum along with a fresh earthy fragrance. Fruity notes have been voiced by some who have been lucky enough to drink the powerful liquid as well!
Purple tea can help to promote healing and vitality within the body, and a better performance when it comes to cognitive functioning and the like. The many antioxidants it contains can also reduce the levels of free radicals in the body. The less free radicals you have, the less likely you are to become ill or develop other chronic sicknesses. Free radicals can also contribute to a hastened aging process and sagging skin. All the more reason to down a cup of tea!
So obviously, most of us have been missing out on this violet-colored tea’s healing and rejuvenating essence until now. We know it works wonders for the body, but fortunately these benefits can also be beneficial for the external appearance as well. With that being said, how can purple tea help your skin?
Key Skincare Benefits:
Anti-aging - Purple tea possesses anti-aging properties due to its high levels of polyphenols and anthocyanins. It can protect against and eradicate free radicals that contribute to wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of aging. Since these potent anthocyanins enable the leaves to protect themselves from the sun and its damaging ultraviolet rays during its growth, it can also be translated to fighting free radicals and oxidation that can damage skin as well. Purple Tea is very adaptogenic and promotes calmness and vitality within the body, including the skin.
A powerful enzyme called superoxide dismutase is also contained in purple tea and can assist in fighting free radicals to promote skin health. This enzyme also prevents volatile oxygen species from causing damage to the skin, and has shown promise in aiding skin repair, promoting the appearance of youthful, healthy skin.
Balances Oil Levels – Purple tea is a natural hydrator and can help to curb overactive sebum production to promote the appearance of balanced, hydrated skin.
Promotes Collagen Synthesis – Purple tea contains natural peptides that can encourage the development of plump, youthful skin. Peptides are amino acids that signal the body to heal itself and create more collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other things your skin might be running low on.
This results in a gradual improved appearance over time with regular use and results in the appearance of plump and youthful skin.
Anti-inflammatory - Being a potent anti-inflammatory is another way purple tea can benefit the skin. When applied topically, it can assist in promoting calmer skin and reduce the red agitated appearance that accompanies conditions like acne, rosacea, eczema, and other skin ailments due to the afore mentioned enzyme. Purple tea can also help to reduce the look of swelling, redness, and discomfort that’s common in pimples, cystic acne, and boils.
Promotes Skin Healing - Purple tea can also help to hydrate the skin and keep it soft, supple, and moisturized. The tea also contains natural AHAs and BHAs that can promote the look of renewed skin with constant use.
With all of these awesome powers, purple tea has shown itself to be quite the powerhouse when it comes to contributing to a healthy body and healthy skin! Purple tea is generally safe for all skin types including sensitive skin. When it comes to being healthy on the inside and beautiful on the outside, this elegant rich tea is that girl. This is one ingredient that's definitely worth keeping an eye on in the future! We say all this to urge you to stay tuned for a royal super star's entrance to Sweeter Juice Skin’s fold! You won't want to miss out on this one! When it comes out, you'll be seeing purple!