Green tea gets a lot of attention as a skincare ingredient, and it’s for good reason, as it contains powerful antioxidants. But have you ever heard of red tea extract? It’s also commonly known as Rooibos, because it’s made from the rooibos plant, a rather dull-looking bush that’s common in South Africa (English pronunciation is like roy-boss… kind of fun to say!) Research suggests that it can contain more than 2x the antioxidant benefits of green tea. South Africans swear by this stuff. They’ve been using it to make tea for centuries, claiming that it helps with aches and pains, aids weight loss, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and even promotes heart health. That may be a tall order for a tea, but as a skincare ingredient, red tea extract is kuhle kakhulu (that means excellent in Zulu.) You don’t have to take our word for it, just look at the beautiful complexions of superstar celebs like Jessica Alba, Charlize Theron, and Angelina Jolie, all of whom purportedly use red tea extract in their skincare regimen. It leaves their skin vibrant, glowing, and youthful. Let’s take a look at why.
If you aren’t familiar with the term flavonoid, it refers to a class of more than 4000 plant-derived chemicals with a similar molecular structure. In plants, they do a variety of things, including fighting against infection and protecting against UV radiation from sunlight. Well, they can do the same thing in skincare; that is, act as skin protectors. Red tea extract is loaded with flavonoids. We all know that environmental factors like UV rays and pollution contribute to aging your skin. The high flavonoid content in red tea extract can act as an anti-aging ingredient to protect against damage. Spend too long out in the sun? There’s also research that suggests red tea extract can have healing properties, so you could consider it a viable ingredient in after-burn products.
Anti-Fungal, Anti-Viral, Antibacterial properties
Red tea extract is known to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and antibacterial properties, making this a helpful skincare ingredient for those that have issues with acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Consistent use will result in clearer skin.
South Africans have been singing the praises of red tea extract for hundreds of years. It seems like the rest of the world is finally catching on! If you’re looking for a powerful anti-aging serum, consider trying one that lists red tea extract as an ingredient. After all, Jessica Alba’s skin doesn’t lie!