5 Teas that Help Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Your morning cup of tea may have just gotten even better. Here are 5 teas that help protect your skin from the sun's harsh rays. 

Tea Can Protect Against Sun Damage

Green Tea

Drinking green tea may help protect your skin from being burnt by the sun. Although your cup of tea will never be able to replace proper forms of sun protection, a study published in Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics found that flavonoids called catechins that are found in green tea can help prevent the formation of cancers caused by UVB rays. But, a relatively large amount of tea (around 5 cups per day) needs to be consumed for these catechins to have any real effect.

Black Tea

Like green tea, black tea has the potential to help protect your skin from sun damage. Black tea is very rich in catechins which help boost your skin’s defense against UVB solar radiation. One study found that black tea may even be more effective in protecting your skin from UVB radiation than green tea.

Yerba Mate

Yerba mate has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Besides tasting great and having an absurdly large amount of caffeine compared to most teas, yerba mate also has the potential to protect your skin from the sun. This is mainly due to the high levels of antioxidants found in yerba mate.

Chamomile Tea

Along with being a delicious way to relax after a long day, drinking chamomile tea can also keep you skin healthy. Chamomile tea is very rich in manganese which is a key component in the production of collagen, the protein responsible for keeping your skin elastic and hydrated.

Hibiscus Tea

Besides being beautiful to look at, hibiscus tea can help prevent the growth of skin cancer melanoma. A study conducted in 2017 found that extracts from from hibiscus flowers were shown to inhibit the growth of melanoma cells in a controlled environment.