RELIEF FROM ROOIBOS AGAINST THE SUN

With the onset of another harsh South African summer, excessive exposure to sun should be avoided at all costs. But if you do have a lapse and end up with nasty sunburn, you may be surprised to know that one of the best sunburn remedies is South Africa’s own Rooibos!

With the onset of another harsh South African summer, excessive exposure to sun should be avoided at all costs. But if you do have a lapse and end up with nasty sunburn, you may be surprised to know that one of the best sunburn remedies is South Africa’s own Rooibos!

Rooibos not only promotes healthy, smooth skin, but may especially be useful when applied to skin irritations like itchy skin, eczema, sunburns, and acne. What’s more, Rooibos is rich in antioxidants shown to fight inflammation. So the next time you find yourself red and inflamed from too much exposure to the sun, add Rooibos tea to cool bath water and let its healing go to work. You can also look out for the variety of Rooibos skin products for adults and babies at your retailer that are natural, effective and beneficial for a range of cosmetic needs.

In addition, cool Rooibos tea or used tea bags can also soothe the skin and slow down signs of ageing. Research indicates Rooibos has the potential to prevent and treat skin cancer*. Separate studies proved the ability of Rooibos to reduce the skin’s sensitivity to the sun (UV radiation)**.

*The ability of Rooibos to act as “chemopreventors” in skin cancer was highlighted in an article published in 2005, as the result of the work of a South African research team. They showed that topical (external) application of the tea fractions significantly suppressed tumour growth in mice with skin cancer, when using processed and unprocessed Rooibos. Reference for supporting scientific article: Cancer Letters, 224, 193 – 202 (2005).

**Shindo, Y., Kato, K., 1991. Effect of rooibos tea on some dermatological diseases. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Tea Science. The Organizing Committee of ISTS, Shizuoka, Japan, p. 385-389.

 

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