A study published in the Archives of Dermatology says green tea is good for your skin. Many even believe that it can ward of signs of aging and prevent skin cancer, based on an article published at the WebMD.
To no surprise, you cannot walk into a store without finding beauty and skincare products, such as face mask or tea moisturizer, containing the herb.
So if you’re wondering why the second most popular beverage (next to water) in the world becomes the new magic beauty elixir, check out the following ways to use tea for beauty.
Seven Amazing Ways Green Tea Makes You Beautiful
1. Anti Skin Cancer
Drinking green tea regularly can reduce your risk of cancer – thanks to its polyphenols! It aids in DNA repair, fighting UV related skin cancer types, says a study in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
Two to four cups of green tea is optimal to achieve this benefit, according to registered dietitian and “Younger Next Week” author Elisa Zied, even if no specific recommendations were noted in previous studies. But she suggested drinking it early in the day to prevent struggling to get sleep at night.
So if you want to prevent skin cancers, you may want to replace coffee with green tea and make it a habit to drink it daily. After all, it also contains less caffeine, something advantageous for those who feel jittery for drinking several cups of coffee daily.
2. Eye puffiness prevention
Do you always find yourself staying late up at night because of a night shift schedule working as a nurse or a doctor, among other jobs requiring nighttime duties? Well, green tea can be your ally. It can help de-puff tired eyes naturally!
Green tea contains tannins, the compounds that work in reducing puffiness. They can constrict the blood vessels to stop the leak causing the discoloration that leads to under eye circles.
How to use: Just soak two tea bags in warm water before placing them on your eyes. Leave them for a couple of minutes.
You may also use cold tea bags because the cold will alleviate the swelling. Repeat the same process to reduce under eye dark circles that are a form of bruising.
Alternatively, you can steep black tea bags in hot water for a couple of minutes before placing them in the refrigerator. In the following morning, put the chilled tea bags on your eyes, and leave them for five minutes.
The caffeine in black tea can reduce the puffiness and the polyphenol EGCG can fight the inflammation, smoothing the under-eye area.
3. Body scrub
Scrubbing is great because it can remove dead skin cell layers. You can use green tea body scrub, a natural scrub solution that won’t irritate your skin.
How to use: To do it, just take one cup of green tea and then add a cup of sugar. Make sure that the green tea is not too hot or the sugar will dissolve.
For the best results, add one-half cup of coconut oil and one tablespoon of honey. Mix them all well and start scrubbing the mixture on the heels, knees, elbows and other body parts.
4. Sunburn or blemish treatment
Soothe sunburn or treat blemishes with green tea! The tannins in it will help in soothing not only sore throats but also sunburns. They can also help in treating blemishes, which make your skin looking unhealthy and dull.
How to use: All you need to do is to brew a few bags of green tea using a teapot. When the green tea cools down, you can dip a towel into it. Next, place the damp towel on your sunburn and leave it for 30 minutes.
Alternatively, you can also use the tea bags to your face directly if you want to reduce the redness caused by the sunburn.
Green tea can also improve skin complexion and make your skin look healthy by flushing out skin toxins and healing scars and blemishes.
In fact, a Medical College of Georgia study in 2003 revealed that it could aid in skin rejuvenation, healing skin wounds and diseases. So if you want to heal sunburn and blemishes, you may want to consider green tea as the natural solution against most skin problems.
5. Acne treatment
The humble green tea bag sitting in your kitchen might be the magical cure you’re looking for to clear acne because it fights the problem’s underlying causes – insulin resistance, hormones, and inflammation.
Green tea contains loads of polyphenols, which have been long studied for their antioxidants that show promising results. To reap the benefit, epidemiological studies suggest drinking between three to six cups daily.
How does green tea work against acne?
It is loaded with catechins that have antimicrobial properties, destroying acne-causing bacteria. The amazing drink also contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce inflammation and redness, which are caused by acne.
Green tea also helps in clearing acne by working as an effective toner, which helps in unclogging and refining the pores. As you may know, large pores can attract grease and dirt. Green tea can prevent that. The antioxidant content of tea also speeds up the healing of scar and its marks.
Tea may also help in treating hormonal imbalances that cause acne. It also helps in neutralizing free radicals that destroy skin cells.
6. Hair beauty and color restoration
Do you notice that your hair is starting to look drab? You may want to use green tea to restore its color. As it is mildly acidic and becomes more acidic with longer brewing, it works effectively in closing the hair cuticle.
When it does, it can help in making your hair look bright and shiny, reflecting more light.
How to use: For the best results, you may want to use six green tea bags in a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 15 minutes to let it cool. Put it in the refrigerator, and use it after shampoo. For the best golden glow, you can use this solution for at most twice a week.
NOTE: Experts recommend this remedy only for brown-haired or blonde-haired people because of the herb’s yellow shade.
7. Flawless and ageless skin
To slow down the signs of aging such as sun damage, age spots, wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin, take advantage of the anti-aging properties of green tea.
It contains polyphenols to fight harmful radicals and neutralize them in the process. By working this way, green tea helps in preventing skin damage and slowing down aging.
A Dermatologic Therapy study revealed that those who applied a lotion containing 6% of green tea achieved more hydrated skin with less roughness and more elasticity. Find a body lotion containing green tea and reap its antioxidant rewards for smooth skin.
There you have the “7 amazing uses of tea for your beauty” that you should not miss out!
Make sure to drink herbal tea as a part of your daily diet and reap its benefits for your hair, body, and skin, including acne treatment, anti-aging, sunburn treatment, eye puffiness reduction and anti-skin cancer, and the list goes on. You may also try the simple DIY recipes to use tea for beauty as mentioned above.
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1. Green Tea Linked to Skin Cell Rejuvenation. Published on April 25, 2003. Medical College of Georgia.
2. Green Tea Could Be Good for Your Skin, Study Finds. Published on August 17, 2000. WebMD