For years you’ve heard about the benefits of drinking green tea but did you also know that green tea can be used for beauty benefits too? That’s right! Green tea works great as a beauty ingredient, with amazing benefits ranging from busting hormonal acne to reducing signs of aging. But what is it exactly that makes green tea an essential part of your beauty regimen? Well, studies have shown that green tea is naturally packed with high amounts of antioxidants and these antioxidants help to fight free radicals when applied to the skin in the same way as when it is consumed. Read on to learn more about my top 3 favourite green tea beauty DIY tips.
Green Tea facial mist
This is great for soothing the skin and tackling any blemishes or rashes you may have. Green tea has an ample of anti-inflammatory properties which make it an ideal beauty ingredient for people who have acne prone skin. I find this great for the warmer months as it really gives me a more refresh and glowing look. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup of brewed Jasmine green tea cooled, (if you don’t have jasmine you can use normal green tea) and 1 clean spray bottle.
Add about two-three spoons of green tea leaves or bags in a cup of boiling water. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes and then strain it and allow it to cool off completely. Then pour into an empty spray bottle and mist over the face about 2-3 times a day.
Green Tea Eye Mask
This is ideal for people who suffer from puffy eyes and dark circles. Place two tea bags in a mug of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove them and let them cool down to room temperature. Place the tea bags on your eyes for about 10 to 15 minutes, doing this at least twice a week. These cooled tea bags help reduce the swelling around your eyes, helps tighten the skin and reduces dark circles. But how exactly does this work? What is the science behind this? Well, green tea contains tannins. Tannins control the tea’s colour and taste and they help activate the healthy blood circulation which helps soothe and tighten the skin. Tip: Follow with Skinb5’s moisturizer to hydrate the skin underneath the eyes and also to reap extra skin benefits as the lightweight moisturizer also contains green tea.
Green Tea Facial Steam
I love doing this particular steam facial because it eliminates toxins, boosts circulation, cleans out my pores and makes me feel relaxed. Here’s how to get started; place about 3-4 cups of water in a pot, add 3 to 4 teaspoons of green tea powder or tea bags and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, prepare your skin for the steam facial by using a gentle cleanser. I like to use skinb5’s cleansing mousse as it gets every bit of makeup off and keeps my skin feeling super clean and not dry. Once the pot comes to a boil, place your face over it, covering your head with a towel. Remember to keep your eyes closed and don’t forget to breathe. Steam for about 5-10 minutes and follow with skinb5’s 5-minute purifying mask. This purifying mask is perfect after the steam facial because the pores are open and the mask will be able to penetrate deeply into the skin in just a few minutes. Once the mask is dry, rinse your face with cold water to close the pores and gently pat your face dry.Green tea benefits health and beauty in so many ways, so next time you make a cup of green tea remember not to throw it away.
Farah has been using SkinB5 for two years now. She is an advocate for natural and organic beauty products, healthy living and a self-proclaimed whole foods enthusiast. Her passion for health and beauty stems from her personal experiences dealing with problematic skin and now she wants to help others learn her secrets to flawless skin from the inside, out.