Green tea is a popular beverage made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds. People have enjoyed green tea and other teas made from the same bush or similar ones for centuries. Many love the earthy aroma and taste, but this is not the only reason it’s the second most consumed beverage of the world. Green tea offers amazing health benefits for your health and skin.
In 1211, a Zen Priest in Asia stated that green tea heals the five major organs in the body. As more and more research was done, he was proven right. Green tea is excellent for your heart, stomach, liver, brain, and skin.
Since green tea has hydrating and healing properties once ingested, some wondered if it can work magic when applied topically. What they found was that the skin can absorb the antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins from green tea leaves well. This means green tea is the perfect thing to use for better skin health overall.
Green tea has a wide range of health benefits including improved blood flow, lower cholesterol, and repairing cell damage. A cup of tea is 99% water, and that left over 1% is loaded down with catechins, vitamins, and minerals. Catechins are naturally occurring antioxidants and there is a wide variety of them in green tea leaves. These antioxidants in one cup of green tea can heal and prevent cell damage, improve digestive health, and strengthen the heart.
The protective polyphenols in green tea flavonoids are some of the most active catechins and epigallocatechin gallate ECGC (epigallocatechin gallate) that is responsible for DNA repair and cell protection. This antioxidant stimulates the removal of UV damaged cells and cross-linked DNA.
Green Tea for Beauty
Green tea also provides anti-inflammatory properties to the skin. Your skin may become inflamed from irritants, pollution, or bacteria. When skin is exposed to any of these things it reacts by swelling. Green tea reduces this reaction by suppressing the enzymes the body uses to swell and redden. Once it does, its job skin will appear younger and brighter.
Green tea is a major game-changer for skincare. More and more brands are making the shift into green tea skincare, lotions, and masks, but you can save money and time by using green tea in baths, body scrubs, and face masks at home. Through consistent ECGC ingestion, you can reverse signs of aging and sun damage.
The skin can absorb green tea just like the digestive system. This way you can spot, treat and focus the effect of green tea on specific areas of the body. These simple recipes below will cleanse, soothe, and rejuvenate the skin and hair.
People have been using tea for beautiful hair since civilization began. A green tea hair and scalp treatment can provide you with long hair and a cleaner scalp. When used regularly this treatment can prevent recurring dandruff, even in the winter.
This recipe is easy to make fresh every time your hair needs a pick-me-up. Steep two tea bags in two cups of water and let cool till it is lukewarm. Once it cools down then pour tea into a spray bottle. Spray all over clean and damp hair. Take extra care to cover the entire scalp and each strand of hair. Leave on hair for 15- 30 mins.
Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
If you suffer from puffy eyes and dark circles around your eyes, you can use tea bags to reduce the appearance of these two common issues. The tea bag will reduce inflammation and lighten the surrounding skin using the antioxidants and minerals at its disposal. The coolness of the tea bags will promote blood flow and reduce swelling.
Steep two tea bags according to the instructions on the package. Remove extra liquid and chill them in the fridge for 15 mins. Find somewhere secluded and calm. Lay tea bags onto closed eyes and wait for at least 20 mins.
This article walks you through how green tea heals the body and skin with regular consumption and topical treatments. Whether you want longer hair, clearer skin, less inflammation, or brighter eyes, green tea is the way to go.
Green Tea Bath Soak
A bath itself will improve circulation and help you get a better night’s sleep, but using this bath soak increases the benefits significantly. Some benefits of using green tea in your next bath are:
- Soothed skin
- Softening of dead skin cells
- Reduced redness
- Detoxes cells
- Improved radiance and tone
A green tea bath soak will take your normal bath routine to a whole other level. You can transform your bath water into a mineral detox for your entire body in just minutes. This will leave your skin brighter and cleaner after a few soaks.
All you need is 3-5 tea bags and a tub full of warm water. Avoid burning hot baths, they dehydrate the body and will reduce the mineral content of this soak. Steep yourself into the bath for at least 20 minutes.
Green Tea Face Mask
This green tea face mask cleanses and hydrates for glowing radiant effects in just 30 minutes once a week. This mask uses two ingredients to achieve this: green tea and honey. The green tea cleanses and reduces redness while honey hydrates and draws out impurities.
- 1 Tbsp. of Honey
- One Green Tea Bag
*You’ll want to use locally sourced or organic honey.
Open the tea bag and mix it into the honey. It will make a paste that you can use to cover the entire face. Let it dry for 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Splash chilly water on your face to close pores and lock in moisture. Pat skin dry, do not rub. You can use this mask on elbows, knees, or other problem areas.
Green Tea is an ancient drink that many civilizations used for better health and longevity. It’s also known as an effective skincare and hair health ingredient. That is why people should not only drink more green tea but also use it to remedy many beauty problems.