This Is How I’m Green Cleaning My Skin

by Gio

Remember when I said I wanted to talk more about diet and how it affects your skin this year?

Well, I thought we’d start with tea.

I mean, can I start with anything else when I live in London? Even if you’ve never been that into tea before, after two months in the city, your cupboard will be full of tea in all kinds of different flavours. There’s no escape, ladies.

Half of the teas in my collection come from Pukka. It’s a brand I discovered last year at a blog event and have been hooked every since. They make tea in every flavour you can think of and they’re all full of healthy herbs that help you with digestion, make your skin glow and just keep you healthy.

They’ve just launched a new Clean Me Green Organic 14 Day Wellbeing Kit to help you cleanse your body and, of course, I had to get my mitts on it. What’s inside?

  • 14 sachets of Clean Greens Superblend powder
  • 14 sachets of Detox herbal tea
  • 14 sachets of Clean Matcha Green tea

So, how well do they work (and, most importantly, taste?).

But first…

Why I Usually Don’t Recommend Detox Tea

Detox teas are all the rage now. But, I usually stay well clear of them.

That’s because they usually contain a generous dose of senna leaves, a powerful laxative used to treat constipation. Not exactly the kind of thing I’d want to take every day.

Pukka doesn’t use that. Some of the herbs in their teas, like spirulina, may have a laxative effect, but it’s not as strong. Besides, most of the foods that are good for you, such as prunes and kale, help keep your body regular. I wouldn’t suggest staying away from those.

I’m just saying that a healthy diet full of herbs and veggies helps improve digestion and constipation the way nature intended. Taking heavy laxatives daily, or even more than once a day, is a huge no-no.

So, how do the Pukka teas work instead?

Clean Greens

Ok, this isn’t a tea. It’s a green powder for smoothies, but it’s in the set so here goes.

This is a mix of 11 powdered herbs, including:

  • Chlorella: one of the original life-forms on Earth, it’s packed with antioxidants, amino acids, proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals
  • Spirulina: aids digestion
  • Kale seed sprouts: rich in fibers, antioxidants and vitamins with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Wheatgrass: a rich source of antioxidants, especially the powerful superoxide dismutase

The easiest way to drink this is with water. Just pour the green powder in a glass, stir and drink. I tried that and it wasn’t the best. I mean, this stuff doesn’t taste bitter or nauseating, but I wouldn’t either call it delicious. Let’s go with neutral. Slightly bitter neutral.

I prefer to drink it with fruit juice or in a smoothie first thing in the morning. There’s a smoothie recipe in the kit, in case you need some ideas for that.

And if you really can’t stomach it, this superblend comes in pill form, too. So you have no excuses.

Clean Matcha Green

I have a love/hate relationship with green tea.

I know it’s good for me, but it tastes horrible. I have to pour 4  teaspoons of sugar in there to make it remotely drinkable, which kinda defeats the whole purpose, doesn’t it?

It’s probably because Pukka has loaded its green tea with lots of other herbs, but this stuff actually tastes good. Without sugar. Yay! Finally, a green tea I can drink!

Green tea is one of the best things you can drink: it soothes inflammation, destroys the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles and treats sun damage, too. And these are just the things it does for your skin!

But, yeah, the taste is not the best. Luckily, this one has helpers. Fennel seeds, which make ANYTHING taste better, aids digestion. Dandelion and lemon are full of antioxidants, which help keep wrinkles away from your face and nasty diseases from your body.

I have my daily fix late in the morning when my stomach starts to grumble a tiny bit. I make the water boil, but wait until it’s cooled down a bit before putting in the tea bag.

Green tea and antioxidants are fragile. Heat destroys them so never infuse them in boiling water. You’ll lose most of their benefits that way.

Detox Herbal Tea

This is something I already had in my pantry at home. I was slowly browsing the supermarket aisles one day looking for nuts, when my nose started to smell the delicious aroma of fennel seeds.

If you know me, you know I can’t resist fennel seeds. I’m absolutely obsessed with them. I don’t cook much, but when I do, I usually find a way to work them in. Yummy.

So, yeah, I had to bring it home with me.

Fennel seeds aren’t just tasty. They also soothe your digestive tract. So do aniseeds. Plus, there’s a splash of cardamom to give it a spicy vibe. 

I have a cuppa every afternoon. I infuse the tea bag in freshly-boiled water for at least 6 or 7 minutes. The taste isn’t too bitter nor too sweet and the smell absolutely amazing.

More Than Tea

Tea sachets aside, there’s something else you’ll find inside the cute box. That’s a small leaflet full of lifestyle tips to keep you fit and healthy.

Because, drinking your tea and eating your greens helps, but alone, that’s not enough. Pukka also recommends meditation and self-massages. I’m definitely up for those!

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

It’s always difficult to figure out how well something like this works outside of a lab. But, I’ve noticed two things have started happening since I’ve been drinking my three daily Pukka cups:

  1. I’m using the toilet more often than before
  2. My skin has cleared up

I’ve never suffered from acne or frequent blemishes, but, like everyone else, I’m plagued by the odd pimple every now and then.

Well, lately, those nasty buggers haven’t been raising their ugly heads. Not even during that time of the month. Mmmm…

Plus, my skin looks amazing. It’s soft. It’s clear. I can’t say it’s ALL down to this kit because I have a pretty good skincare routine and have started improving my diet in other areas. But, it definitely helps.

I’m not sure I’ll buy the Clean Greens Superblend again, but the other two teas have definitely become staples in my tea collection. And I’d never thought I’d have a tea collection. That’s what London does to you, I guess.

By the way, are you interested in this type of review? Do you want to know what foods and drinks you should consume for healthy skin? I can you bring more of this stuff if you want. Let me know.

Price & Availability: £19.99 at Pukka Herbs

Clean Greens Superblend Ingredients: 100% Organic Ingredients: Wheat Grass juice powder concentrated 30:1, Nettle leaf fresh freeze dried 9:1, Parsley leaf, Spirulina, Chlorella cracked-cell, Seagreens® Arctic fresh seaweed, Kale seed sprouts fresh freeze dried, Fennel seed, Peppermint leaf, Green tea leaf aqueous extract, Ginger root.

Clean Matcha Green Tea Ingredients:100% organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients: Sencha green tea (40%), sweet fennel seed (10%), dandelion root (10%), licorice root, nettle leaf, lemon essential oil flavour (6%), turmeric root, lemon whole (4%), lemon myrtle leaf, Matcha powder (Jejo do Garucha) (2%).

Detox Herbal Tea Ingredients: Naturally caffeine-free and ethically sourced, 100% organically grown ingredients: Aniseed (40%), sweet fennel seed (20%), cardamom pod (15%), licorice root, coriander seed, celery seed.

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10 comments

Minn January 28, 2017 - 12:59 am

I am usually not interested in food recommendations. They all tell me, that all animal products are evil and all I am allowed to eat is grass (kidding a little bit here). Not taking this point any further here, too much strong opinions 😉
Anyways, definite YES to hear more about that from YOU. You have such a nice scientific way to tell about stuff, just love it. Thanks for all that, by the way.
I’m keeping it short, but one more thing. I thought “How could she not like green tea? It’s so delicious” until I read what you think about fennel seeds (I hate them so obviously your taste is wayyy different than mine haha). I drink green tea with 20% lemon grass from an austrian brand called Sonnentor, and this one is the best tea I know, tastes so good.

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Gio February 12, 2017 - 10:00 pm

Minn, oh thank you for your kind words. Our tastes in tea are quite different indeed but that one sounds nice.

But I so agree with you re food recommendations. I’m so tired of hearing that everything but kale and broccoli are bad for you. Yes, you need them but if that’s all you eat, you’re still gonna get sick. Your body also needs sugar, meat etc. Not as much as it needs vegs but the more varied your diet, the better. Take something out and you risk depriving your body of important nutrients. Not a good idea!

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Barbara February 2, 2017 - 1:48 pm

TEA! You already know I´m a fan. To me green tea and matcha tea are two different things and taste different. I love them both. I really should incorporate more green tea into my drinking schedule.

I have to agree that a daily laxative doesn´t sound like a good idea. Also, I don´t know how true it is, but for your readers, they say that taking daily laxative or drinking teas that has that affect, can flush out the ingredients in the birth control pill making it ineffective. Scary side affect.

The detox herbal tea sounds great. I´ll have to give it try when I go to the supermarket.

Also, it might seem ridiculous, but whenever I buy tea I look at the ingredients. You´d be surprise how often they add other stuff in there! In Spain they really love to add the ingredient “aroma”. What?!?!?!

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Gio February 2, 2017 - 2:17 pm

Barbara, did you have the chance to try the teas you bought? Which one is your fave? I second that about drinking green tea. Luckily, now I’ve found one I like!

I hadn’t thought of that but it may indeed be possible. It’s much better to eat your veggies and leave these things to nature.

That’s so true! I started looking at the labels of everything lately, not just tea and it’s so worrying how many intruders they contain! Makes me want to learn how to cook. lol But seriouosly, you can’t trust anything these days. *sighs*

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Barbara February 28, 2017 - 11:03 am

Hehe, so I haven´t tried all the tea that I bought, but the Twinings Spicy Chai is really good and I¨m loving the English Strong Breakfast for every morning.

UGH, so true, you CANNOT trust anything! Makes me want to buy my own farm and just grow everything myself… except that I´ll probably starve ot death because everything dies under my thumbs. Except my mint plant, but that´s also because I haven´t meddled with it, hahaha.

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Gio February 28, 2017 - 8:19 pm

Hahaha! Me too. I managed to kill every plant my bf brought home lol. My grandparents had a vegetable garden when I was little and grew most things themselves. I really miss that.

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Susan February 5, 2017 - 7:19 pm

I recently got an electric tea kettle that brews tea at the exact temperature for different types of tea. I got it because I could wake up to a ready-made cup of tea. Black tea needs a rolling boil, but green tea should be brewed at a much lower temperature. It actually makes a big difference in the taste of the tea. It improves the taste of green teas, white teas and herbal teas. I drink an herbal tea that has Kava Kava in it and it even makes that takes much better. I used to put at least 6 packets of Splenda or Stevia in each cup and add milk just to be able to drink it. Now I add 2 Packets and I can drink it without milk.. Breville and Cuisnart make electric tea kettles.

This is totally off-topic, but do you recommend different anti-aging products for the eye area?

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Gio February 12, 2017 - 7:16 pm

Susan, oh I want one too now! Sounds awesome. Thanks for the tip.

That depends. The ingredients that help with antiaging are the same both for the eyes and face. But a lot of them, like retinol and vitamin C, may be too harsh for this delicate area. If your eye area can tolerate your anti-aging face products, there is no reason why you can’t use them there (unless the packaging states otherwise).

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f.c. February 9, 2017 - 12:27 pm

Just commenting to show my apprecation for this post and say HECK YEAH I’d like to see more of these type of articles. Will be looking forward to your new post in this diet and skin series. Cheers! 🙂

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Gio March 5, 2017 - 7:45 pm

F.C., so glad you’re enjoying it. Stay tuned cos I have a lot more to say about what to eat for better skin. 🙂

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