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I love me a piping hot cuppa milk tea. I crave a cup after each meal and I can even take it at night, unlike coffee, which just leaves me jittery.

And I love beauty products with tea in them too. The beverage – in the form of green tea, matcha, white tea, black tea or even fermented sweetened tea (kombucha) – is an antioxidant powerhouse that is just what stressed out skin needs.

Besides antioxidants, tea is brimming with flavonoids, polyphenols and phytochemicals, all potent free radical fighters that block out damage and signs of ageing when applied topically on skin, plus they have been known to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and lower bad cholesterol levels when ingested.

Another plus, as a skincare ingredient, tea often makes the products smell amazing with a refreshing, natural scent.

So what are you waiting for? Look out for the natural, power-packed ingredient when you’re shopping for your beauty and grooming essentials.

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