Green Tea is considered a Super Food because of its powerful antioxidants and it’s these same antioxidants called Polyphenols that make Green Tea extremely beneficial for the skin. Just look around at any of the major skin-care brands and you will find at least one of their products promoting the potency of their green tea ingredient. Yet the beauty secrets and wisdom about Green Tea have been around for centuries. Green tea’s powerful antioxidants and ant-inflammatory properties has been revered by Chinese and Japanese cultures and they use it topically to address everything from acne, to saggy skin, irritated skin and preventing wrinkles. Modern science has researched and confirmed many of the skin-care benefits and I won’t blind you with scientific research here. Instead I will share the simple beauty secrets and remind you that green tea is over-all a very healthy elixir inside and out. So, don’t forget to have a cup of tea and relax. This is not a secret, it’s time-tested wisdom! 😉
Truly Herself, Lauroly
DIY SPA SECRETS & TREATMENTS CAN BE FOUND IN A TEA BAG!
~For Your Eyes Only
Don’t throw away the tea bags and instead, cool them and place them over your eyes for relief. Green tea contains tannin, an astringent that miraculously shrinks skin. The cool tea bags reduce the swelling around your eyes and tighten the skin, making you look and feel refreshed.
~Scrub & Glow
Green tea helps tighten the skin, and making a green tea facial scrub out of the used tea is very good for the face. Mix green tea with granulated sugar and water, and you have an exfoliating scrub. It is light on the skin and gives you an incredible glow. You can store the scrub in the fridge to keep it fresh and use again.
~ Steam & Gleam
Make a green tea steam facial. Boil some water and then pour it into a large bowl. Take a green teabag, cut it open, and empty the contents into the hot water. Take a towel and place it over your head. Then bend over the bowl, making sure your face isn’t very close to the water, but close enough to feel the steam. Stay under for only five minutes.
~Illuminate & Rejuvenate
Mix equal amounts of baking soda and green tea and a bit of honey to make a facial mask. Honey helps in rejuvenating your skin and green tea, as mentioned, tightens the skin. Baking soda is a good exfoliator and helps detox the skin. Short of time? Heat water and run the tea bag over it till it starts to steam. Squeeze out most of the water and rub the bag over your face for a few minutes for an instant glow.
~ Pamper Your Mane ( that would be your hair!)
Green tea rinse is good for your hair and gives it a great shine. Put a few green tea bags in boiling water and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Leave it overnight. The next morning, pour this water on damp hair and leave it for 10 minutes. You can massage your scalp if you like. Rinse it off and apply shampoo later as usual, but make sure to use a sulphate-free product.