Green Tea Beauty Benefitsby Miranda Brookins
Green tea is a natural, drinkable beauty solution that women of all ages can luxuriate in, whether as a cup of tea in the morning or as applied directly to the skin. Beauty product manufacturers embrace the beauty benefits of green tea by adding it to their products. Green tea and green tea extracts can be found in everything from eye cream and lotion to toner and face wash.
Ease Your Sunburn Sting
The beaming sun during summer months can cause unsightly and painful sunburn. Green tea can help soothe the skin if applied directly to the affected areas. The Women Fitness website suggests preparing a pot of green tea, allowing it to chill and then using a cloth to apply the green tea to the sunburned areas of the skin. Avoid rubbing; use the cloth as you would a cold compress.
Refresh Your Skin
If your current skincare regimen includes a toner, consider using green tea as an all-natural replacement to your current toner. Green tea contains natural antioxidants that are known to act as anti-inflammatory agents and have a soothing effect on the skin, according to Web MD.
Whether you have dry, combination or sensitive skin, you can create your own toner at home using a recipe from Canadian Living website. Combine 1 cup spring water, 4 tsp. tea leaves and 1 tsp. mint leaves. Start by boiling the water; once it's ready, add the tea leaves to create an infusion. Let it stand for at least 10 minutes, strain and allow to cool completely before placing the mixture in a glass or plastic storage container.
The Plant Green website offers an alternative suggestion for creating a green tea toner at home. Brew green tea, freeze it into ice cubes and use slightly melted cubes as toner for your skin.
Lose and Maintain Weight
Start your morning with a cup of green tea and take advantage of its fat-burning benefits. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that when caffeine, polyphenols and catechins, all properties of green tea, team up, they can be used for weight loss. While the combination won't cause you to instantly shed pounds, it can help you maintain your current weight and possibly improve your weight loss results.
Say “Goodbye” to Free Radical Damage
You are exposed daily to potential free radical damage from pollution inside and outside. Free radical damage can cause disease and increase the visible effects of aging. Antioxidants in foods and drinks, such as green tea, step in and help your skin win the war against free radical damage. The Women Fitness website reports that the antioxidant level in green tea is more powerful than vitamin C.
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