I’ve been looking into the benefits of green tea lately, and I’m loving my findings! Green tea is not only a very healthy beverage, it is good for your skin, too!
In my online research, I’ve found that green tea:
- Protects your skin from sun damage (not by blocking UV rays but by reducing inflammation)
- Has natural anti-bacterial properties
- Contains powerful antioxidants
- Rejuvenates skin cells
- Fights inflammation and reduces redness
Here’s Where I Talk About My Drab Complexion…
My skin has not been looking good lately, mainly due to the fact that I’ve been stressed, not sleeping well, and I haven’t really been eating right. All of this is mostly due to the move, a work schedule that has been more intense, and a toddler that doesn’t seem to know the meaning of “tired”.
The past few weeks I’ve really hated what I was seeing in the mirror. I even tried to blame it on the mirror in our new house – and I still maintain that the lighting is so horrible in there I look like a zombie. *huff*
So I started thinking about what I could use that was natural and wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg (I can’t spare those, sorry) that might improve the way my skin looked. I wanted a healthy glow! Is that too much to ask?
I came across an article on green tea in my online travels in which they recommend using green tea as a toner for your skin by brewing it yourself and then freezing some of it in an ice cube tray. Then, every morning you run the ice cube (after giving it a minute to start melting) across your face. You don’t wash it off, you just leave it on for the day under your makeup.
I tried this myself and was so pleased with the results! I grab one of the green tea ice cubes from the freezer every morning after my shower, apply it all over my face, then leave the rest of the frozen cube in the sink. I spread the green tea around with my fingers, then rinse my hands and pat any excess dry with a towel. It dries fast and is not sticky at all!
It really has improved my complexion, even in the three days I’ve used it. I love it! My skin has a nice glow and I even think it tightens my pores and makes my skin less red. It just gives me an all-over better complexion. I also read somewhere that it lightens your skin a bit – I think because it’s not red anymore – and I noticed that myself before even reading it. I thought it was my imagination before – I’m glad it’s not!
I also have been drinking green tea every day since I started doing this, so I don’t know if that has been a factor in all of this. It’s definitely possible! You might want to try drinking and applying it as I did.
A Green Tea Sugar Scrub Recipe Just For You!
After having so much success using green tea as a toner, I started looking around online for other similar recipes and discovered that you can mix sugar and green tea together to make a sugar scrub cleanser! Sugar is terrific for exfoliation (removing excess oil and dead skin cells) and smoothing the skin without side effects, so I’m really excited about this combination.
Green Tea Sugar Scrub
(This sugar scrub can be used on the face and the body.)
Green Tea (tea bags or loose tea)
A container with a lid that can be refrigerated, preferably glass
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Brew green tea in 1/4 – 1/3 of a cup in boiling water. Let cool.
(It can still be lukewarm when you use it, it doesn’t need to be cold.)
Step 2: Smoosh the tea bag around with your spoon to get the most out of it you can, then remove tea bag.
Step 3: Add three tablespoons of sugar to your container.
Step 5: Optional Add-ins.
You can add any of the following to your green tea/sugar mixture – they’re good for your skin, too!
- Fresh lemon juice (fades scars, lightens, exfoliates)
- Mashed ripe banana (moisturizes)
- Honey (heals, cleanses, and moisturizes)
- Olive oil (moisturizes without clogging pores)
I chose olive oil because I love the way it moisturizes and my skin has been dry lately.
I added one teaspoon extra virgin organic olive oil:
Step 6: It might be a good idea to take the container into the shower with you for ease of use, though it’s certainly not necessary. Apply to face with your fingertips and gently “scrub” into your skin for one minute – very gently, you don’t have to use pressure at all.
Step 7: Rinse, pat dry, and enjoy your smooth skin! Refrigerate the leftover green tea sugar scrub (with a lid on it) and use it for up to a week.
What to do with the leftover green tea? Apply to your face as a toner (you’ll love it!), and pour the rest into an ice cube tray to use as a refreshing toner for the rest of the week! Or drink it, of course. ;-)
Share Your Thoughts!
Do you use any natural recipes such as this one in your daily care? What are you favorite ingredients?
And I would love to know what your thoughts are if you try this scrub!