The Healing Power of Tea
-Tea for (your skin) too!-
It's tea time! Drinking tea has long been revered as a natural cure all offering endless benefits both inside and out- but did you know that applying tea topically to your skin has amazing benefits? Tea is filled with tons of skin loving goodness like:
- Amino acids
- B vitamins
...and much much more! Depending on the brew you choose- such as herbal teas- there may be even more skin loving goodness offered by the herbs and botanicals in the blend. These benefits are exactly why we use teas in many of our cold process soap formulations!
So what exactly does tea do for your skin and how do you use it?
Improves Overall skin health and complexion
Green tea especially, helps to flush out toxins, heal blemishes and scars, reduce inflammation and improve skins elasticity. Face masks are one of the best ways to deliver these skin loving nutrients- here are two of our favorite at-home remedies!
Green Tea and Honey Mask
- 3-4 Tablespoons used loose leaf tea (or the contents of 2 used tea bags)
- 1-2 teaspoons of local, raw honey
Blend ingredients well. Apply mixture to face and allow to set for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water followed by a splash of cool water. Use once weekly!
Matcha and Yogurt Mask
- 3 Tbsp. organic plain whole milk yogurt
- 1-2 Tsp. Matcha Tea Powder
- 1/2 Tsp. Coconut Oil (warmed slightly to make liquid)
Blend all ingredients well. Apply to face and allow to set for 10-20 minutes or until well dried. Rinse with warm water followed by a splash of cool water. For extra detoxifying benefits- add a pinch of activated charcoal or french green clay!
Reduce puffiness and dark circles
The antioxidants, tannins and caffeine in tea all help to gently reduce inflammation in blood vessels in the delicate eye area, which reduces visible puffiness. The vitamins and antioxidants help to soothe irritation and reduce darkness and discoloration. Here's an easy DIY for fighting under-eye puffiness and dark circles!
Discard tea bags after use.
Fight the signs of aging
The antioxidants, caffeine and polyphenols in tea, when topically applied, help to reduce the signs of aging by neutralizing free radicals, reducing inflammation, reduce discolorations and help to combat the signs of damage from sun exposure.
Soothe Acne and Blemishes
Most teas, but especially green tea, have antibacterial and astringent properties that help to draw impurities from the skin and fight the bacteria that cause those nasty blemishes and pimples. Tea has natural anti-inflammatory benefits that fight the swelling and redness associated with breakouts. When ingested, the catechins found in green tea have even been shown to help regulate hormonal imbalances, which are one of the primary causes of those pesky breakouts.