green-tea

Green tea is close to magical it’s got so many healthy and beneficial attributes.  Besides drinking green tea at every possible chance, there are many wonderful ways to use it topically for glowing skin and hair.  Those benefits include:

+Green tea improves your skin’s complexion and makes your skin healthy. It helps flush out toxins from the skin, and reduces inflammation. It even improves the skin’s elasticity.

+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.

+The polyphenols in green tea help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process.

+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.

+Green tea contains a high amount of antioxidants that promote hair growth. The catechins in it have 5-alpha-reductase inhibiting properties that help block DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), one of the key causes of hair loss.

Here are a few of my favorite and very simple green tea beauty applications:

FACIAL STEAM-

I like to blend Green Tea, Chamomile, and Nettle.  After steaming your face, save the ‘tea’ and use it as a final  hair rinse.  Strain out the herbs and use two pots for rinsing, letting the rinse fall into the pot and switch.  Rinse and switch.  Keep doing this until you have rinsed four or five times or until you get bored…

FACIAL TONER-

Brew up a strong cup of green tea, and pour into a clean glass jar with a lid ( and old mayonnaise jar etc.) keep it in the refrigerator.  You can use it for around 5 days.  Just dip in a clean cotton ball and wipe across your face.  It’s actually very nice cold.

UNDER EYE MASK (for de-puffing) –

Cut a round cotton pad in half and use the two halves as under eye masks soaked in refreshing cold green tea (the same jar of tea used for toner).

MATCHA FACE MASK-

This is very simple provided you have a can of Matcha (green tea powder).

Mix approx. a tblsp matcha  with enough water to make a paste and apply smoothly over your face.  For dry skin add a bit of coconut oil.

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