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5 Ways to Use White Tea Powder for Skin Health and Beauty

Kristie Leong M.D. is a family practitioner who believes in the power of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to prevent and fight illness.

White tea, made from the same plant as black and green tea, is known for its light color, delicate flavor, and high levels of antioxidants. It is less processed than other teas, like black tea, allowing it to retain more antioxidants.

White tea powder is made by grinding the leaves into a fine powder. Some manufacturers use white tea powder to flavor foods and beverages, but you can also buy the powder online and use it in recipes.

White Tea Powder Contains Antioxidant Polyphenols

One of the most common ways people use white tea powder is to add extra flavor and antioxidants to smoothies. The antioxidants in white tea are called polyphenols. They help fight the free radicals you’re exposed to every day from sources like sunlight and air pollution.

Free radicals are rogue molecules damage cells and their genetic material called DNA. Free radical injury, also known as oxidative stress, contributes to aging and age-related diseases like cancer. Research also shows that compounds in white tea and white tea powder have anti-inflammatory benefits.

You can get the health benefits of white tea by drinking the tea or by adding white tea powder to recipes and beverages. But did you know that white tea powder is also beneficial for your skin? Let’s look at some ways you can tap into the beauty benefits of white tea powder.

Use White Tea Powder as an Exfoliant

You can use white tea powder to remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin Exfoliation with the powder will remove old skin cell build-up and give your skin a smoother appearance and youthful glow. To use white tea as an exfoliant:

  • Place the white tea powder in a small bowl, add water until you have a thin paste consistency. (White tea is absorbent and can soak up a ton of water.) Mix with your fingers until smooth.
  • Apply the paste to your face using gentle circular motions for about 2 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer.

You can do this once or twice per week depending on your skin type. If your skin is dry, limit exfoliation to once per week. Frequent exfoliation can cause irritation. Start by exfoliating once per week and increase the frequency to twice weekly, as your skin develops greater tolerance.

Your skin should look brighter after a single session, and it will help eliminate impurities that contribute to breakouts.

Use It as a Lip Scrub

Another body part that needs exfoliating are your lips. You can use white tea powder as a lip scrub to remove dead skin cells and make your lips look smoother and feel softer.White tea powder gently removes dead skin cells that cause your lips to feel rough and the anti-inflammatory benefits of white tea reduces redness and irritation.

To exfoliate your lips, mix white tea powder with water to create a paste. Then, apply the paste to your lips using circular motions for a minute, as you did when exfoliating your face. Rinse with warm water, then apply a lip balm to soften and protect your lips. Don’t forget to wear a sunscreen on your lips to protect your lips from the sun’s damaging rays.

Use White Tea Powder to Soothe Sunburned Skin

White tea powder can also soothe a sunburn. White tea powder contains anti-inflammatory polyphenols that reduce redness and inflammation. It's also a natural soothing agent that can help with the itching and burning associated with sunburns.

To use white tea for a sunburn, mix 1 tablespoon of white tea powder into 1 cup of water at room temperature. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake vigorously until the liquid is frothy.

After washing sunscreen or moisturizer off your body, spray the solution on sunburned areas until they're covered in white foam (it will feel cool). Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Use It for Under-Eye Puffiness

The reason you're getting puffier under your eyes is because of fluid retention. The fluid builds up while you sleep, causing swelling and puffiness. It may also make the skin around your eyes look darker. White tea powder has anti-inflammatory properties that make it soothing to thin under-eye skin.

White tea also contains caffeine, which helps reduce under-eye puffiness. When you wake up with puffy eyes, add a little white tea powder to your favorite eye cream and mix well. Refrigerate the eye cream until its cold. Then apply the cold cream under your eyes. The cold temperature and caffeine will reduce eye puffiness.

Use White Tea Powder as a Toner for Acne-Prone Skin

Along with anti-inflammatory properties, white tea powder is anti-bacterial, which is beneficial if you have acne-prone skin. To make your own white tea toner, mix 1 teaspoon of white tea powder with 2 tablespoons of water and stir until the powder dissolves completely. Add more water if necessary until you reach the desired consistency.

You can also add other ingredients like rosewater or aloe vera juice for added benefits. Apply the toner with a cotton swab after cleansing and before moisturizing to help tighten your pores.

Conclusion

There you have it! Now you know how to use white tea powder outside the kitchen. It’s not just for recipes, it’s also beneficial for your skin due to its antioxidant anti-inflammatory properties. Use the tips above to keep your skin looking its brightest and most beautiful.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.