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Skin Benefits of Green Tea

Tea for Skin
It is a well-known fact that every beauty brand is using green tea in their products. It is a very accessible product, cheap and easy to find anywhere in the world. Here are some recipes for skin treatments using easily found green tea, solutions that anyone can prepare at home with minimal effort.

Face Mask Against Acne

Green tea can flush out toxins embedded in the skin, can help with blemishes and smooth skin complexion. Due to its anti-bacterial agents, green tea is perfect for keeping the acne-causing bacteria at bay.

Preparation: Mix together 1 egg white with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of green tea in powdered form. After mixing thoroughly, apply the cream to the face and wait 30 minutes for it to take effect, then rinse.

Face Mask Against Aging

The compounds in green tea can reactivate dying skin cells caused by exposure to sunlight and pollution. Together with the antioxidants found in green tea, these EGCG compounds can fight the premature aging and can heal damaged skin, also maintaining collagen and elastin levels for skin strength and elasticity.

Preparation: Mix 1 tablespoon of powdered green tea leaves with 3 tablespoons of full fat yogurt, apply and keep on face for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Green Tea Facial Scrub

The abrasive texture of green tea (when dried) is great for exfoliating skin in order to get rid of dead skin cells and pollutants.

Preparation: Mix honey with 1 tablespoon of ground green tea in order to make a paste. Apply the paste to the face and leave to dry for about 15 minutes. After this period, rub away the created mask with warm water,in circular motions, with your fingertips.

Facial Steam

Through the use of steam, the antioxidants and catechins found in green tea are put to use through detoxifying, refreshing, hydrating and cleansing the skin.

Preparation: In a bowl place 2 tablespoons of peppermint, 1/4 cup dried lemon balm and 1/8 green tea and mix. Pour boiling water into to bowl, mixing for a few seconds, then place a towel over it. Hold your face over the bowl, covering it, and your head, with a big towel so no steam can escape. Breathe deeply for 10 minute and keep your eyes closed at all times.

Toner

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, green tea is ideal for sensitive skin. Used to reduce itching, blemishes and calming the skin, cooled green tea is ideal for people with skin conditions such as rosacea, dandruff and psoriasis.

Preparation: Take 5 teaspoons of green tea and 1 teaspoon of fresh mint leaves and mix together in boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture and allow it to cool, then pour the water into a clean glass container. You can either pour the water into a spray bottle or use cotton pads to soak it up in order to apply directly on the skin.

Bath Soak

Used as a bath soak, green tea has the ability to clear the mind and relax the body and paves the way to a perfect night’s sleep.

Preparation: Place green tea leaves in a coffee filter or handkerchief and tie the open end with a string. Drop it directly into the bath water and enjoy relaxing.

Eye Compress

Found in green tea is vitamin K, a key ingredient used against dark circles around the eyes.

Preparation: Prepare a cup of green tea by pouring boiled water over a teabag in a cup. Place the cup in the refrigerator in order for the tea to chill. Place 2 teabags or cotton balls dipped in the cooled tea over your eyes and keep them there for 15 minutes.

Soothes Sunburns

Applied directly to the burnt area, green tea can help soothe it. Due to ingredients in green tea such as tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols, it is proven to neutralize the damage done by UV rays to the skin.

Preparation: Place a pot of green tea in the refrigerator to cool down. Using a soft cloth, gently apply the tea to the burnt areas, avoiding rubbing.

Strengthening Hair Rinse

Green tea stimulates hair growth and softens strands, protecting hair from pollution and making it strong and shiny. The high levels of vitamin E, C and panthenol present in green tea make it a great hair conditioner and help rejuvenate it after chemical products are used.

Preparation: Place 4 teabags of green tea in 1 liter of boiling water for 1 hour. Once cooled, use the liquid to rinse your hair after shampooing and conditioning it.

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