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Black tea: Why you should also use it in skin care

Posted by Lara Schimweg on


Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water (Black Tea)

Effect: relieves itching, antioxidant, calming

Tolerance: very good

Black tea is obtained by fermenting tea leaves. Not only can it be enjoyed as a hot beverage, but it is also a versatile skincare ingredient:

Black Tea (Camellia Sinensis) inhibits itching and soothes eczema and hives. The secondary plant substances contained strengthen the weakened skin so that no new inflammation can develop.

Even with overly cared for skin ( perioral dermatitis ), pure black tea can bring relief and support the healing process in addition to a zero therapy .

2 glasses of black tea: Prepared for the black tea mask in zero therapy

Perioral dermatitis zero therapy: simply do nothing for healthy skin

A sign of perioral dermatitis is a bright visible triangle that forms between the nose and mouth.

Perioral dermatitis: causes, symptoms and treatment

Black tea is made from the tea plant, just like green and white tea. Due to the processing after harvesting, however, the composition of active ingredients differs from other types of tea.

After harvesting, the fresh tea leaves are stored in wicker baskets to wither and are well ventilated. The tea leaves then go into a machine between rotating disks, where they are rolled up again and again, breaking open the plant's cell walls. The plants ferment in warm, humid air at 30 °C so that the oils unfold. Finally, the fermented tea leaves are dried.

Like green and white tea, black tea contains polyphenols and therefore has an antioxidant effect and a high caffeine content.

White and green tea are not fermented. This fermentation process changes the tea plants so that black tea focuses on nutrients such as potassium, manganese, fluoride and vitamin B as well as phytochemicals.

Differentiation of tea varieties in the INCI list:

The INCI for all types of tea is "Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract " for tea extract or "Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water" for a tea infusion, regardless of whether it contains green, white or black tea. You can only tell what kind of tea it is if the manufacturer states this in brackets in English, e.g. "Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract" for black tea extract or "Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water (Black Tea)" for a black tea infusion.

Black tea product

  • Organic black tea
  • pH skin neutral (5.5)
  • very mildly preserved

Suitable for cosmetic care, among other things

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