With around 75% less caffeine than coffee, green tea in the morning can be a wonderful way to centre yourself and give your health a boost for the day ahead. But the benefits go far beyond just drinking it!
Green Tea has an anti-aging effect on your skin!
Green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse, protecting against free radical damage, which is one of the leading causes of premature aging. When applied to your skin, green tea reduces inflammation, removing bacteria and excess oil. It’s high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols help to protect your skin from free radical damage, slow wrinkles, and restore and revive sun-damaged skin.
The compounds in green tea can actually reactivate skin cells that are dying due to poor lifestyle habits, and exposure to sunlight and pollution. Plus, it contains high level of oligomeric proanthocyanidins – OPCs – some of the most powerful antioxidants known to scientists.
These antioxidants help ward off premature aging by fighting free radicals and healing damaged cells. OPCs also inhibit the enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, which are essential for skin’s strength and suppleness.
So you can see why green tea is an important ingredient for major beauty brands, but you can easily get the benefits of green tea for your skin with these simple DIY recipes.
Anti-aging face mask
Reduce the signs of premature aging – like loose skin, wrinkles, age spots and fine lines – while making the complexion more moist and supple.
Combine 3 tablespoons of full fat yogurt with 1 tablespoon of ground green tea leaves. Apply on the face for 20 minutes, then rinse well.
Gently removes dead skin and helps to open blocked pores.
Mix 1 tablespoon of dry ground green tea leaves with enough honey to make a thick paste. Apply this paste all over your face and leave it on the skin for 10-15 minutes. Then rub it off in circular motions with your fingertips, rinsing away the excess with warm water.
A facial steam infused with green tea moisturises, plumps wrinkles, eliminates toxins, dislodges dirt from pores and boosts circulation. The antioxidants and catechins enter into your pores with the steam, detoxifying, cleansing, refreshing and hydrating the skin.
Place 3 green tea bags and a few drops of your favourite essential oil in a large bowl and add boiling water. Hold your face over it, covering your head and the bowl with a large towel to make sure that no steam can escape. Keep your eyes closed and breathe deeply to inhale the therapeutic properties of the herbs. Steam for 5-10 minutes, depending on your comfort factor.
Toner and all-round skin soother
Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties, which make it an ideal beauty ingredient for sensitive skin. Herbalists have used it for years to reduce itching and inflammation, and as an emergency first aid treatment to ease bleeding from small cuts and grazes.
Steep 5 teaspoons or 3 teabags of green tea and 1 teaspoon of mint leaves in a cup of boiling water. Let the infusion stand for at least 10 minutes, then strain, allow to cool and pour it into a spray bottle, from which you spritz your face 2-3 times a day.
The simple smell of green tea creates a feeling of balance, inner peace and serenity that helps to soothe your body and clear your mind, making it perfect for a pre-bedtime ritual.
Put some green tea leaves in a coffee filter, gather the top, and tie it with a string (or use five teabags!). Drop it into your warm bathwater and relax!
Green tea contains Vitamin K, which helps to ease tired, puffy eyes and fade dark circles.
Chill used green tea bags in the fridge and place them on your closed eyelids. Sit back and relax with your feet raised above your head for 10-15 minutes.
Green tea can help soothe and heal sunburnt skin if applied directly to affected areas. Scientific studies have proven green tea’s ability to neutralise the damage done by exposure to UV rays. This is a result of its high concentration of tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols – all of which ease inflammation and repair sun-damaged skin.
Prepare a pot of green tea and chill it in the refrigerator. Soak a soft cloth and use as a cool compress to soothe your skin.
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