Initially, green tea was popular in China and used medicinally for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression. Nowadays, people from different parts of the world consume green tea due to its numerous health benefits.
No wonder then that every major beauty brand, right from Estee Lauder to L’Occitane, is rushing to include this potent plant in their formulations. But what if we can just get the benefits straight from the source? After all, green tea is one of the most easily accessible products almost anywhere in the world.
It contains a high amount of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals like polyphenols. It also has B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and caffeine.
In addition to its health benefits, green tea has an impressive list of skin and hair care benefits.
1. Improves Skin Complexion
Green tea improves your skin complexion and makes your skin healthy. It helps flush out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and scars, and reduces inflammation. It even improves the skin’s elasticity.
A 2003 study by the Medical College of Georgia showed that green tea aids skin rejuvenation. It can be used to treat skin diseases and wounds.
Cut open 2 used green tea bags and scoop out their contents.
Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey.
Mix in a little lemon juice.
Apply it on your face and allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Use this face mask once or twice a week.
2. Reduces Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
The antioxidants and tannins (an astringent) in green tea help treat puffy eyes as well as dark circles. They help shrink blood vessels underneath the delicate skin around the eyes. This in turn reduces swelling and puffiness.
In addition, the vitamin K in green tea helps lighten dark circles under the eyes.
Put 2 used green tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Place the cold tea bags on your closed eyelids.
Sit back and relax for 15 minutes.
Use this remedy twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.
3. Fights Aging Signs
Green tea has anti-aging and antioxidant benefits that can help delay signs of skin aging, such as sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
The polyphenols in green tea help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process.
In addition, it helps fight prevent skin cancer.
Mix 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of ground green tea leaves and a little turmeric powder. Apply it on your face and neck. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Use this face mask once or twice a week.
Another option is to simply mix 1 teaspoon of Matcha green tea and a few drops of water to make a paste. If you have dry skin, add 1 teaspoon of Matcha green tea and ½ teaspoon each of extra-virgin coconut oil and warm water. Apply it on your face, leave it on until it dries completely, then rinse it off with warm water. Do this a few times a week.
4. Treats Acne and Pimples
The catechins in green tea are antibacterial agents that help fight acne-causing bacteria. Catechins even help regulate hormonal imbalances in the body, one of the key causes of acne.
In addition, anti-inflammatory property of green tea helps reduce the redness and inflammation brought about by acne.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology concluded that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a component in green tea, helps treat acne by modulating intracellular molecular targets and inhibiting p. acnes bacteria.
Mix ¼ cup each of freshly brewed green tea and water.
Use a cotton ball to apply this solution on the affected area.
Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
Do this twice daily until you have acne-free skin.
5. Natural Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Naturally removes dirt and impurities from your pores.
The slightly abrasive texture of dry green tea leaves acts as a great exfoliator to banish dead skin cells and purge pollutants.
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.
6. Sunburn Soother
Green tea can help soothe and heal sunburnt skin if applied directly to affected areas.
Several scientific studies have proven green tea’s ability to neutralize 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. Use a cloth to apply the liquid to sunburnt areas – avoid rubbing; use the cloth as you would a cold compress.
And don’t forget, there are EVEN MORE benefits to green tea! It’s not only one of the most natural ways to help your skin appear brighter and flawless, but its benefits go far beyond just the “skin deep” (lol) ones we’ve touched on here.
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