Green tea is renowned for its many health benefits and is a key ingredient in ancient Chinese medicine.
Research has shown that green tea even has cancer-fighting properties.
So, it should come as no surprise that this potent natural super-leaf can also give you glowing skin!
How can you tap into this fountain of youth, you ask?
We’ve put together this quick guide to show you exactly how to use green tea for skin care!
We all know beauty starts from within. So if you’re not already a connoisseur, switch to one cup of green tea per day. Staying hydrated is vital if you want to keep your system detoxing effectively and preserve your youthful glow.
Banish dark circles.
Dark pigmentation under the eyes can be a problem at any time of life.
But as we age, the skin loses some of its elasticity due to reduced collagen and stored fat in the face. Skin becomes thinner, worsening the appearance of dark circles.
Green tea is a great source of Vitamin K. Studies have shown that Vitamin K is effective in reducing not only dark circles but wrinkles around the eye too. Double whammy!
How to use green tea for skin around the eyes:
- Steep two green tea bags in hot water
- Wring out the bags (and drink the tea, of course!)
- Place tea bags in the fridge to cool
- Once cooled, gently place the tea bags over your eyes – and relax!
Make this a part of your regular skin care routine to banish dark circles, tighten skin and reduce signs of aging.
Had a night on the tiles? This is a great method for reviving tired or puffy eyes for a fresh youthful look! Find out more about using Vitamin K for dark circles here.
No matter how good our skin care regime, our skin is very porous and will absorb toxins we encounter in day to day life. To avoid toxic build-up in your pores, deep clean your face once a week with a steam facial.
The steam will open your pores and allow the benefits of green tea to penetrate deep into your skin.
How to steam your face with green tea:
- Boil a pot of distilled water
- Thoroughly cleanse your face to remove surface dirt and makeup
- Take the water off the heat and add your green tea bags
- Hold your face over the water and cover your head with a towel to keep the steam in
- Steam for 8-10 minutes for best results
Because the steam opens your pores, this is a useful method to release toxins and allow beneficial ingredients to be absorbed. If you suffer from acne or blemishes, try adding a few drops of an essential oil like Lavender, which has been proven to have strong antibacterial properties.
Follow with a face mask.
Facemasks can be beneficial at any time, but particularly after a steam facial because your skin is more porous.
Try mixing honey with green tea for skin that really glows! And it could not be easier.
How to make a green tea and honey face mask:
- Moisten a green tea bag
- Open the bag and mix with honey
- Carefully apply to the face
- Leave for 15-20 minutes
- Rinse with warm water
Before rinsing, massage the mask gently and the green tea leaves will act as a light exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and debris for a more even skin tone.
Natural ingredients can be extremely effective for anti-ageing, but to use the highest quality ingredients you can. Organic, cold pressed honey is best cause it hasn’t lost any of its natural enzymes in the heating process and doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals.
If this mask is a little runny for you, try adding a spoonful of oatmeal. Rolled oats work best and will help the mixture stick to your face. Oatmeal acts as a natural emollient to moisturize skin and helps fight the signs of aging by inhibiting prostaglandin production.
For best results, rinse your mask off with warm water then follow with a toner.
Cleanse and tone.
Green tea is a powerful natural toner. It helps tighten the skin and fade dark spots and scars. If you want younger looking skin, start using a toner immediately!
How to make a green tea toner:
- Steep two tea bags in hot water
- Allow cooling
- Place in a sterilized container or spray bottle
- Store in the fridge
Soak cotton buds in a little toner and gently wipe over your face to remove dirt you’ve missed during cleansing or residue from your face mask.
Do not wash off!
The best thing about using green tea as a toner is letting it soak into your skin. Your skin will absorb the tea and leave your skin tighter, cleaner and with an amazing healthy glow.
Green tea is naturally moisturizing, but if you’re applying make-up we recommend finishing up with a light moisturizer.
Get rid of pimples.
Green tea is packed with polyphenols. Studies have shown that polyphenols found in green tea have antimicrobial properties, making them useful tools in the treatment of acne.
How to use green tea for pimples:
- Make a pot of green tea
- Allow cooling
- Pour into ice cube trays and freeze
Next time you have a pimple, take on of your tea cubes and place it on the pimple after cleansing. Keep the ice-cube in place for 10-15 minutes for best results. You may need a break!
The natural antimicrobial properties of the green tea combined with the cold cube will help to reduce inflammation and swelling, redness and neutralize bacteria around a pimple.
Ready to incorporate green tea into your skincare regime? Whether you’re looking for anti-ageing skincare or to help clear problem skin, green tea is a potent natural choice!
Has green tea been your skin care miracle? We’d love to hear about how this mighty little leaf has helped you reduce wrinkles or banish your dark circles. Leave your comments below!