As women, we are constantly offered some new trend in the beauty world.

But there are two things that are consistently on the list of things that are good for your skin, hair, and nails: proper sun exposure and all-natural skin-care!

Although most people don’t typically think of tea as a part of your beauty regimen, there’s an herb that is perfect for anyone who wants to feel that radiant confidence from the inside out.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more effective herb for your skin than gotu kola!

I know what you’re thinking, what is gotu kola and if it’s so great, why haven’t I heard of it before?

Well, let me give you a rundown about this magical plant medicine and try to convince you to add it to your daily routine ASAP!

Gotu Kola is a member of the parsley family that grows in abundance in Asia. Historically, yogis would use it during meditation to bring balance to their internal world.

This calming effect isn’t just tradition, gotu kola has been proven to restore the nervous system and balance hormone/neurotransmitter levels. This ability alone is helpful to skin issues like teenage acne and stress breakouts but is also nutritive to aging skin and quells some of the drying that occurs during menopause.

Gotu Kola leaf has been used for centuries to support the health of skin, hair, and nails in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. But Gotu Kola has been tested clinically and found to have notable effects on skin by strengthening and supporting the connective tissue that lies beneath the surface of the skin. The stronger these connective tissues are the healthier, clearer the skin appears.

Gotu Kola is rich in antioxidants which fight environmental toxins. It is anti-inflammatory and astringent in nature, which fights redness and flare-ups while tightening up any loose skin and closing up pores.

Gotu Kola boosts elasticity by supporting collagen production and helps heal up scars and clear up cellulite by boosting your blood flow.

Almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? That’s the power of plant medicine!

All you have to do to introduce this amazing healing herb into your life is commit to drinking tea 2-3 times a day. You can find Gotu Kola at most health food stores and there are an abundance of websites that sell organic, dried leaves in bulk! Add 1 tbsp to 1 cup of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. It’s just that simple.

Implementing tea as a part of your beauty ritual is just one way to keep your skin feeling salon fresh. It would be the perfect follow-up to iTAN’s Photo Facial Light service. Its amazingly high tech system of LED lights emits amber, red & infrared light to stimulate collagen & elastin production and promote circulation. It firms & tones skin, while reducing fine lines, wrinkles and pore size.

So here’s some honest advice for the best skin routine. On top of purchasing amazing products, staying hydrated and taking your makeup off at night, do yourself a favour. Have a cup of tea and treat yourself. Visit iTAN.

Learn more about iTAN’s Photo Facial Light service at www.itan.com/services & visit any of our 34 iTAN locations to get started today!