TOP 10 DIY Green Tea Cosmetics!
Initially, green tea was popular in China and used medicinally for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression. Nowadays, people from different parts of the world consume green tea due to its numerous health benefits.
It contains a high amount of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals like polyphenols. It also has B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and caffeine.
But I bet some of you didn't know that it can also be used to enhance your beauty?! Now we are not talking about making you into something that your not, just giving you a natural glow that you may have forgotten due to the stressful lifestyle that you may have.
Lets have a look what you can do with the green teas you have at home and what you can do with them apart from drinking it! Remember guys for a better result, use high nutrient green tea leaves. Which means no tea bags!
1. Improves Skin Complexion
Green tea improves your skin complexion and makes your skin healthy. It helps flush out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and scars, and reduces inflammation. It even improves the skin’s elasticity.
A 2003 study by the Medical College of Georgia showed that green tea aids skin rejuvenation. It can be used to treat skin diseases and wounds.
- Use 1 tsp of steamed green tea
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey.
- Mix in a little lemon juice.
- Apply it on your face and allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Use this face mask once or twice a week.
2. Reduces Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
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.
In addition, the vitamin K in green tea helps lighten dark circles under the eyes.
- Put 2 tsp of used steamed green tea in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Place the cold used tea leaves on your closed eyelids.
- Sit back and relax for 15 minutes.
- Use this remedy twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.
3. Fights Aging Signs
Green tea has anti-aging and antioxidant benefits that can help delay signs of skin aging, such as sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
The polyphenols in green tea help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process.
In addition, it helps fight prevent skin cancer.
- Mix 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of ground steamed green tea leaves and a little turmeric powder. Apply it on your face and neck. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Use this face mask once or twice a week.
- Another option is to simply mix 1 teaspoon of Matcha green tea and a few drops of water to make a paste. If you have dry skin, add 1 teaspoon of Matcha green tea and ½ teaspoon each of extra-virgin coconut oil and warm water. Apply it on your face, leave it on until it dries completely, then rinse it off with warm water. Do this a few times a week.
4. Treats Acne and Pimples
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.
In addition, anti-inflammatory property of green tea helps reduce the redness and inflammation brought about by acne.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology concluded that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a component in green tea, helps treat acne by modulating intracellular molecular targets and inhibiting p. acnes bacteria.
- Mix ¼ cup each of freshly brewed steamed green tea and water.
- Use a cotton ball to apply this solution on the affected area.
- Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
- Do this twice daily until you have acne-free skin.
5. Works as a Skin Toner
This popular beverage also works as a natural toner for your skin. It helps draw out impurities, reduce large pores and give your skin a nice healthy glow. It even helps keep your skin hydrated, which is essential for healthy skin.
- Brew 2 cups of steamed green tea and allow it to cool.
- Add a few drops of any essential oil of your choice.
- Put the solution in a clean spray bottle.
- Spray the solution on your face or apply it with a cotton ball twice daily.
People with skin conditions, such as psoriasis and rosacea, can also use this solution.
6. Stimulates Hair Growth
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.
It can even promote the growth of new hair and prevent common problems like dry scalp and dandruff.
A 2005 study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association found that the polyphenols in green tea helped prevent hair loss among rodents.
- After washing your hair, rinse it with cool, freshly brewed steamed green tea. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it out with cool water. Do this 2 or 3 times a week for a couple of months.
- Also, drink 2 to 3 cups of steamed green tea daily to enjoy strong and beautiful hair.
7. Protects against Sun Damage
Green tea can even protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. The tannic acid, theobromine and polyphenols in green tea can help soothe and heal sunburned skin by neutralizing the damage from exposure to UV rays.
A 2011 study published in the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications journal found that EGCG in green tea prevents a type of skin cancer called melanoma by inhibiting genes that activate inflammation.
- Brew 2 to 3 cups of steamed green tea and put it in the refrigerator for some time.
- Soak a soft cloth in the tea and gently apply it to the sunburned areas.
- Repeat 2 or 3 times a day to relieve pain and redness.
8. Makes Hair Shiny
Along with making your hair strong and healthy, green tea makes your hair shiny and full of life. Plus, it protects your hair from damage due to pollution and harsh products.
Plus, the high levels of panthenol and vitamins E and C help keep your hair conditioned.
- Steep 2 tsp of steamed green tea in 4 cups of hot water for an hour.
- Remove the tea bags and allow the solution to cool.
- Dampen your hair and then rinse your hair with this solution.
- Wait 10 minutes, then wash your hair with shampoo.
- Rinse your hair with cool water to seal in the shine.
- Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a week.
9. Shrinks Open Pores
Due to its antioxidant and astringent properties, green tea can help shrink enlarged pores that tend to get clogged and eventually get infected with bacteria. Thus, it will help smooth and tighten your skin.
- Steep a cup of strongly brewed steamed green tea and allow it to cool. Mix a few tablespoons of this tea in 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay or any cosmetic clay to make a paste. Spread this pore-tightening face mask on your face and allow it to dry completely. Gently scrub it off and rinse your face with warm water.
- Also, drink a few cups of green tea daily to flush toxins out of your body.
10. Exfoliates Skin
The slight rough texture of dry green tea leaves helps exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities.
- Mix together 1 tablespoon of dried green tea, 1 cup of sugar, ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil and 2 tablesponns of raw honey. Apply it on your face and/or body and gently rub it in circular motions. Finally, rinse it off with warm water. Use this facial scrub once or twice a week.
- Another option is to brew 1 green tea bag in 1/3 cup of water. Allow it to cool. Put 1 tablespoon of this green tea into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of sugar to it. If the mixture seems runny, add more sugar. Use this mixture as an exfoliating skin scrub once or twice a week.
Natural remedies of green tea is endless, but just remeber guys the higher quality green tea, the more nuritiens you are able to extract to make you have that natural glow!