7 Benefits Of Green Tea For Skin Care

Green tea is high in antioxidants, several enzymes, amino acids, and polyphenols and contains minerals like magnesium, potassium, folate, manganese and its health benefits for our body are well-known. But not just sipping green tea will benefit your body. Topical application also works superbly for enhancing your skin health. The skin care benefits range from treating acne to warding of saggy skin and wrinkles. Green tea is used as a topical beauty ingredient in beauty masks to enhance the beauty of the skin. Many major beauty brands claim to use green tea as an ingredient in their formulation. But it is better to reap the benefits directly from the source.

So Here Are 7 Ways To Use Green Tea For Achieving Healthy Skin:

1. Get Glowing Skin

Since green tea is rich in antioxidants, application of green tea topically on the skin can help to achieve healthy, glowing skin. By flushing out the toxins, green tea aids in skin rejuvenation. Do not throw away the tea bags after use. Cut open 2 tea bags.[1] Prepare a face pack by adding 2 tsp. honey and 5-6 drops of fresh lemon juice to the content from the tea bags. Mix thoroughly and apply the mask to all over your face, leave for 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Using this pack twice a week will improve your complexion drastically.

2. Stops Premature Signs Of Aging

Green tea can delay signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, age spots etc. while making your skin youthful. Green contains ECGC compounds which help to reactivate skin cells that get damaged due to our poor lifestyle habits, excessive exposure to sunlight and environmental pollutions.[2] The polyphenol contained in green tea works to neutralize the free radicals that causes damage to the skin. In addition, it contains OPCs – some powerful antioxidants that helps to heal the damaged cells, restricts the enzymes responsible for breaking down of collagen and elastin that keeps skin youthful. Make a face pack using 1 tbsp. green tea, 3tbsp. of yogurt and apply on your entire face after mixing well. Keep it on your skin for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Using this mask once or twice will help to reduce the signs of aging considerably.

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3. Alleviate Puffy Eyes And Dark Circles

Green tea contains tannin and vitamin K. Tannin is a proven remedy for shrinking the blood vessels underneath the delicate skin of the eyes and reduce puffiness and swelling. Vitamin k on the other hand works to lighten the dark circles under eye.[3] You can use tea bags and place them directly on your closed eyelids for 15-20 minutes after chilling them by keeping them in refrigerator for half an hour. Alternatively, prepare green tea and chill it in refrigerator and then dip cotton balls in this chilled tea and place them on your eyelids. You can even use used tea bags after chilling them. Continue with this treatment every day, until you get complete relief.

4. Work As Skin Toner

The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea works as natural toner, soothes and calms the skin, draws out impurities, reduces itching and inflammation, shrinks the large pores and also heals cuts, wounds and blemishes.[4] Green tea keeps skin hydrates, which is highly essential for keeping the skin healthy. People with sensitive skin can use green tea unhesitatingly. People with inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea and eczema can get relief from itching and inflammation using green tea. Brew two tea bags of green tea in 2 cups of boiling water for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool. Pour the concoction in a spray bottle and use as a toner when required. You can also soak cotton ball in this concoction and apply on the skin.

5. Clear Acne And Blemishes

Green tea contains a compound known as catechins which has antibacterial properties that works to fight acne-causing bacteria and the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea helps to reduce inflammation caused by the blemishes and heals swelling, redness and the scars.[5] Catechin is even believed to regulate hormonal imbalance which is a prime cause of acne. Make a thick paste by adding 1tbsp. dry green tea leaves in one tbsp. honey. Apply this paste all over your face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Message the face gently using your fingers in circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water. Doing this once a day will help to stop acne breakouts.

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6. Exfoliate Skin

Slightly abrasive texture of dried leaves of green tea helps to exfoliate the skin removing dead skin cells, dirt and impurities.[6] Green tea contains astringent property which tightens the skin. In a bowl, empty the content of 2 used tea bags. Add equal amount of granulated sugar, 2 tbsp. olive oil. Apply the scrub on your body and facial skin and gently rub with your fingers. Use this scrub once a week to get clear glowing skin.

7. Protect And Soothe Sun Burn

The tannic acid and polyphenols contained in green tea can protect your skin from harmful UV rays of the sun and also sooth the sunburned skin.[7] To sooth sunburn skin apply cooled green tea with the help of soft cloth on affected areas. This cool compress of green tea will help to calm inflammation and itchiness of the skin and bring relief from pain and redness.

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