I Gave Up Coffee For Beauty Tea And I’m Never Going Back

Teatoxes have been a huge fad for the past year. The tiny packets of different herbs are supposed to make you skinny, clear your face, or speed your metabolism. It’s gotten so popular that even celebrities have promoted some sort of life-enhancing tea on their social media pages. So, is the teatox phase everything you hoped for and more? Well, sort of. I ditched the coffee for a week to try it out, and I have it say I did actually see a difference, if only for the week.

Before I start, you should know that I am a ride-or-die coffee lover. I drink at least a cup of day and love every second of it. The addiction is so bad that I will actually get headaches if I don’t have it, so when I decided to ditch the wonderful little morning pick-me-up, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. But in the name of beauty, I decided to take one for the team and see if something so simple as tea could change my life, body, or even just my skin, and boy, did it.

After a while of looking around and trying to decide which tea I would use, I decided on Aloha Beauty Tea. I had done a teatox this summer and absolutely hated it, so I love that the company doesn’t market itself as one but instead as just what it is – tea. Aloha Beauty Tea is gluten, soy, and dairy free, non-GMO and vegan. Add to that their packaging is made of all recycled material and the entire tea bag is compostable, and you’ve got pretty much the purest tea on the planet.

Oh, and it’s only $7.10 for a package of 15 teas. While other teas charge up to $38 for a two-week cleanse, this is pretty much a steal. The benefits of the tea were also short and sweet. They promised to 1) make skin shine and glow with juniper and 2) make skin happy with hibiscus. I decided that to get the best results I would drink a full eight glasses of water a day (in addition to my morning coffee) for a full week before I started the beauty tea. Then, for one week I drank nothing expect eight glasses of water and two glasses of caffeine-free Aloha Beauty Tea a day to see how it compared.

This is my skin after the week of water:

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My skin was dry, irritated, and blemished. I have always had a problem with cystic acne, which is what was happening on my forehead and chin. I also felt like my skin was pretty dull.

I won’t lie, as a non-tea drinker this was rough for me at the start. My headaches were so bad that I almost gave up more than once. I also fell asleep super early for the first three days since I didn’t have any caffeine to get me through. After a while, though, I started to get used to the tea. The taste wasn’t all that bad and it was actually nice to unwind every morning and night with a glass of tea.

A week and 15 cups of tea later, this was my skin:

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I honestly couldn’t believe the results. There was a glow to my skin that wasn’t there before and every single blemish was gone, except the cystic acne scar that was healing from the beginning of the week. The redness in my face was gone and so were the little bumps that I was getting along my jaw line. Not only that, but I really felt better.

Believe it or not, I didn’t even reach for a coffee after this week of tea ended. I’ve been reaching for caffeine-free tea every night and have already purchased another box. Now I’m not saying that you should give up coffee altogether, but it does help to be more aware of what’s going in your body. Coffee dehydrates the skin, especially when consumed regularly, and my results prove that. If this was only in a week, imagine what it could do for my body in the long-run.

Hydration is a beautiful thing, my friends. All the skin products in the world won’t help, if you’re not putting the right things into your body. So, for the sake of skin everywhere, try adding some tea to your life. It’s not much compared to espresso-filled Instagram feeds, but your skin will thank you later.

Featured image via Arsvivendi.

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