While most of us have probably heard about the soothing and calming chamomile tea benefits for skin (check homemade skin treatment with chamomile tea), not (as) much information is out there about how green tea can be used for skincare. There seems to be a lot of information about the health benefits of drinking green tea, but the beauty side is often left ignored. Apparently, the green tea skin benefits have long been recognized in Asia, where it is often used for face cleaning. I decided to do some research and find out more about this drink, often called a superfood.
Major green tea effects for skin
- Healing. The healing properties of green tea have long been addressed in various studies. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and skin cell rejuvenating properties, it naturally heals wounds, scars, blemishes and even skin diseases.
- Anti-acne. Green tea can also be very effective when treating or preventing acne. Apparently, one component in green tea (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) helps treat acne on a cell level and inhibits the bacteria that causes acne. It also works as a prevention, since it helps shrink enlarged pores that may get clogged and eventually get infected with bacteria.
- Anti-aging. It appears that green tea is also packed with anti-aging agents that can help delay signs of skin aging, such as sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
- Under eye skin care. The antioxidants in green tea help treat puffy eyes and dark circles. It shrinks blood vessels under the skin around eyes and then reduces swelling and puffiness as a result.
- Skin elasticity. Green tea can also help improve our skin complexion and make your skin healthy. In addition, it cleanses it from toxins and, as already mentioned, shrinks enlarged pores. It all results in smooth, tight skin with improved elasticity.
The benefits of green tea for your skin are obvious. It also seems like all skin types could benefit from this universal natural beauty product; it heals various skin disorders, reduces signs of skin aging, cleanses, detoxifies, and smooths your skin. Below are several ideas on how to use green tea for skin care.
5 ways to include green tea in your skincare routine
- Cleansing. Take a cup of warm green tea and gently massage your face with the tea bag. When the bag gets dry/cold, put it back in the cup for it to absorb some more warm tea. You can also simply use your hands and wash your face with the tea as if it is water. The warmth in combination with a strong green tea will open your pores and cleanse them. Massaging your face with the tea bag allows for more extracts being absorbed to your skin (more benefits!) and it also removes dirt, grease, and makeup at the same time.
- Toning. You can also use cold green tea as a face toner, either by allowing the tea to cool down naturally or keeping it in a fridge. Use a cotton pad to apply it on your face and follow with a moisturizer.
- Under eye skin care. Refrigerated tea bags can be a perfect under eye skin treatment against puffy eyes and dark circles. Hold the tea bags for around 10-15 minutes for a visible effect.
- Hydrating. Brew a cup of green tea (hint: you can also add a few drops of essential oil of choice) and put it into a bottle with a spray. When you feel like your skin needs some extra hydration, spray it on or apply on your face with a cotton pad. Especially useful during hot summer days!
- Refreshing. Another wonderful method to use green tea for skin is by brewing some strong green tea and making ice cubes from it. You can either rub it over your face, use it for under eyes, or both at the same time! It will soothe, calm down your skin and give a healthy glow. You will also notice that it reduces large pores and makes them smaller.
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