Green tea is a healthier substitute to beverages like coffee and different types of tea, due to its lower caffeine content. Green tea contains strong, natural antioxidants known as polyphenols which help attain a healthy body, skin and hair. Various studies have been conducted only to draw positive conclusion related to the benefits of green tea for the skin.
Green tea has various properties that help in achieving a glowing skin and these can be acquired from drinking green tea as well as using it externally. Using make-up which contains green tea is a wise choice as it protects skin from sun damage and also reduces inflammation. Further, the presence of polyphenols in green tea slows down the appearance of signs of ageing.
Listed below are a few benefits of green tea for glowing skin:
Treats Acne and Pimples:
The catechins present in green tea have antibacterial properties which help fight acne-causing bacteria. Catechins also, help regulate hormonal imbalances in the body, which also cause acne.
Directions: Mix a quarter cup of freshly brewed green tea and water. Use a cotton swab to apply this solution on the acne affected area. Let it rest for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Use this twice a week for acne-free skin.
Green tea has anti-aging benefits that can help delay signs of skin ageing, such as age spots, sagging of the skin, fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, it helps fight skin cancer.
Use it as a face pack. Mix 3 spoons of yoghurt, 1 spoon of green tea leaves and a pinch of turmeric. Apply it on your face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Use this face mask twice a week for best results.
Reduces Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes:
The antioxidants in green tea help treat puffy eyes and dark circles too. How they work is that they help shrink blood vessels beneath the skin around the eyes and this, in turn, reduces the puffiness. And the vitamin K present in the green tea helps lighten the dark circles.
Refrigerate two used green tea bags for about roughly 30 minutes. Place the cold tea bags on your eyelids. Relax for about 12 minutes. You can do this twice a day or a couple of times a week.
As a Skin Toner:
Green tea works as a natural toner for the skin. It helps reduce pores and give your skin a healthy glow. It also helps keep the skin hydrated, which is very important for healthy skin.
You can make your own toner at home in just a few simple steps:
- Brew two cups of green tea and allow it to cool. And add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice.
- Pour this solution into a spray bottle.
- Apply on the face with a cotton swab twice daily.
NOTE: Green tea is a safe beverage. However, excessive consumption of green tea can be harmful. You can drink it regularly, but do remember not to exceed five cups a day.