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Smooth Your Skin with a Cup of White Tea

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. (White tea may have special fat-thwarting powers, too.)

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:

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