Green tea is known for the many health benefits that it can offer but did you know that aside from being good for the body, green tea is also good for the skin and hair? Yes, that’s right. Thanks to the abundance of antioxidants and other healthy compounds in green tea, your skin and your hair can also benefit from you consuming this much-raved about drink.
Here are some of the best ways to use green tea for your skin:
Steam Facial Using Green Tea
If you’re looking for something nice and relaxing to add to your pre-bedtime routine or if you need something that will wake you up and make you look fresh and glowy in the morning, why not try this steam facial using green tea?
Take a medium sized bowl, fill it up with hot water and steep a bag of green tea in it. Place your face above the water just close enough for your skin to absorb the steam and keep it there until the water cools down or until you feel like your skin has had enough. This is a great idea if you’re looking for something to do with already-steeped tea bags that still have some goodness left in them.
Once your steam facial is done, wash your face with cold water and pat dry. The steam from the hot water will open your pores and let the bad stuff come out while sucking the good stuff in, Washing with cold water closes your pores and seals the moisture to give you that radiant glow,
Additionally, the scent of green tea in your steam facial will also help calm and relax your nerved.
Green Tea Facial Mist
Skin mists are all the rage these days, but are you sure you want to spritz your skin with chemicals throughout the day? Instead of buying expensive chemical-packed skin mists, make one yourself using your favorite drink: green tea.
Brew some green tea by boiling 2 cups of water and steeping your tea of choice in it. Let the mixture cool, water it down depending on how strong you like the green tea scent and transfer to a bottle with a spray cap. If you want to go the extra mile, you can add drops of your favorite essential oil to it too!
This skin spritz will keep you refreshed and your skin nourished throughout the day.
DIY Green Tea Mask
Why go to the spa for an expensive face mask when you can do it yourself at home? This green tea face mask recipe will revitalize your skin, get rid of redness and irritation and give you moisture for days.
To make it, you will need some honey, loose leaf tea (if you only have tea bags on hand, cut the bag open and take the leaves), water and essential oil (optional).
Take your loose tea leaves, add a teaspoon or two of warm water to release the green tea extract and then add honey to make a thick paste. You can add your essential oil of choice if you want, too. Take a generous amount of the mixture and spread it evenly all over your face. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse clean with lukewarm water then do a final rinse with cold water.
Green Tea Sugar Scrub for the Body
Here’s something nice that you can do for your skin on the weekend: a rub down using green tea and sugar! What could be better?
You will only need five ingredients for this all-natural body scrub: green tea leaves, water, honey, essential oil, and granulated sugar, Brew a cup of green tea or more and let it cool.
Once the tea has cooled, take 10 to 15 teaspoons and add it to sugar. Mix in a little honey to thicken the mixture and then add a few drops of essential oil. Stir until thick and scrub away!
Tea Bags for Your Eye Bags
Here’s another way for you to get the most out of every tea bag: use them for your under eyes or your eye bags!
Steep a cup of tea as you would and set the tea bag aside (keep it in the fridge in an airtight container to lock in the freshness). When you have two used tea bags, just take them out of the fridge, put them over your eyes, lie down and let the green tea work its magic.
Hair Hacks Using Green Tea
Looking for more ways to get the most out of your tea? Here are some hair hacks you can try with green tea:
Green Tea Hair Rinse
Steep 2-3 cups of green tea and let it cool. Meanwhile, get in the shower and wash your hair as you normally would. After shampoo or conditioner, take your green tea and slowly pour it over your hair, massaging your scalp as you go. Rinse it off with cold water and you’re done!
Doing this will help clear out dandruff and take care of itchy scalp from psoriasis and eczema.
Green Tea and Honey Hair Mask
Prepare your hair mask by mixing 1 tbsp of honey with 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Next, take your green tea leaves and steep them in hot water for about 2 to 3 minutes then let cool and add to your honey and coconut oil mix. Stir until everything is combined and spread evenly on hair. Leave the mixture on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with water.
Green Tea Hair Mist
To make this you will need green tea, water, rosemary essential oil, apple cider vinegar, and glycering. Start by brewing a cup of green tea in water then set it aside to cool. Meanwhile, add glycerin and ACV in a bottle with a spray cap and shake until combined. Next, pour in your green tea and add a few drops of essential oil. Close the bottle and shake then spray on your hair. Remember to shake the mixture before every use.
This hair mist will help with excessive hair shedding as well as give your hair a nice shine.
There you have it! More ways to enjoy green tea and let the goodness benefit your skin and hair, too!