Rooibos – the key to graceful aging

Photo: THE BEAUTY SECRET: Celebrities use a local South African export, Rooibos tea, in their beauty routines.

Rooibos tea is packed with health and beauty benefits, and the celebrities have figured this out and are using it to get lean and red carpet-ready in time for their big night out at the Academy Awards, AKA the Oscars, on 28 February.

“South Africa now exports a vast array of rooibos products to the US, from the traditional unflavoured tea to flavoured teas, cappuccinos and cosmetics, which range from makeup to skin, hair, perfume and nail-care products,” stated Ernest du Toit, spokesperson for the Rooibos Council.

Du Toit added that since the tea made its debut in the United States in the early 90s, sales to the country have tripled, and every year more cosmetic houses are becoming aware of the nourishing and anti-ageing properties found in rooibos.

Rooibos assists those suffering from acne, eczema, psoriasis and other difficult skin conditions as it has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as helping with sensitive skin, soothing redness, itching and rashes.

Angelina Jolie retains her pout thanks to a rooiboos lip balm; while Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr drink the tea to detox and stay in shape.

Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, Hugh Jackman and Candice Swanepoel indulge in rooibos salon treatments which revitalise the skin and leave an illuminating glow.

Salma Hayek and Victoria-secret model, Adriana Lima, both swear by a rooibos beauty beverage which purifies the skin from the inside out.

Academy Award winner, Dame Helen Mirren, takes her teabags wherever she goes; while model, Josie Maran, swears by a rooibos-enriched hair detox blend for perfect locks.

You can see the results for yourself and catch the red-carpet action at the 88th Academy Awards on 29 February at 3am on DStv channel O (320).


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