We have all grown up hearing that drinking more tea could make our complexion darker. But actually, this is a myth that has been passed down generations almost along with those age-old ‘daadi maa ke nuskhe’; yes, this is a belief that we have been holding for ages. And it is still going strong, even today. I mean, just ask any dusky diva out there; no matter how beautiful she is, there will always be one particular lady in her family who will warn her against going out in the sun as well as drinking tea. Now really, having a caffeinated beverage, like tea or coffee actually has nothing to do with your complexion, and researches have proven that they do not cause skin darkening.
In fact, tea taken in moderate amount is good for you. This is because all forms of tea contain more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. This isn’t just good for health just for petty reasons, in fact, this can help prevent heart diseases and cancer. But yes, I should warn you against drinking really lots of tea. As they say, too much of anything is harmful and that’s the case for tea as well. This is because tea taken in large amounts may cause dehydration, which may make your skin dull and lifeless due to all the dryness; but definitely not darker. And for this to happen, the amount of tea intake must be quite large. But the best thing to do is stick to a daily quota of about 3-4 cups a day. This won’t cause any problem; in fact, you will enjoy the significant health benefits of tea.
But still, just in case you notice a change in your complexion, be assured that it is definitely not because of drinking tea. It could be basically because of tanning due to prolonged exposure to sunlight, or some health condition. Even stress and lack of sleep could cause changes in your skin complexion. But still if you feel that you don’t really understand where the root of the sudden changes in your complexion lies, do consider a doctor so that you can properly understand why it is happening and do something to treat it.
So the next time your mom or granny says that you should stop drinking tea because it will make your skin darker, smile at her and show her this post. It really is medically proven that tea or coffee cannot be the reason for skin darkening. Your complexion completely depends on your genetics, and also your lifestyle, as in the amount of stress you have, how much sleep you get, etc. So there’s no need to stop yourself from enjoying your rejuvenating cup of tea after a long day. Stay healthy, stay happy!