Benefits of Green Tea for Skin

“There is nothing quite like a freshly brewed pot of tea to get you going in the morning”. Phyllis Logan

If a “freshly brewed pot of tea” gets you going in the morning, a cup of green tea will help you put on your best face to face the world. Whether you know it or not, but among the many benefits of green tea, is one more. It helps take care of your skin health and restores your beauty.

Benefits of Green Tea for Skin
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Let us take a look at the top 5 benefits of green tea for skin.

1. Green Tea May Slow Down Aging

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and this contributes to cell regeneration. It contains EGCG, a catechin that reactivates cells. You needn’t drink green tea to reap the benefits. Topical applications will also make a visible difference to your skin. It diminishes fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, giving you a clear complexion and an unlined skin. Well, if you are 50, you will remain 50, but you can keep people guessing your real age. Look younger for a wee bit longer. In fact, beauty product manufacturers are also looking at green tea as an ingredient in cosmetics.

2. Green Tea Reduces Puffiness and Dark Circles

Benefits of Green Tea for Skin
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Every woman, and for that matter – every man, know about dark circles and puffiness. These have plagued everyone at one time or another. The solution – a cold spoon for the puffiness, but then, what about the dark circles! Before you reach for your concealer, why don’t you sit down and brew a cup of green tea? The antioxidants will work from within and the tea bag will take care of the dark circles and the puffiness. It refreshes instantly. All you need to do is close your eyes, place the tea bags on them, and relax for 15 minutes. There, you are ready! One question - why green tea and why not black? Green tea contains flavonoids that reduce the under-eye lines, keeping the under-eye skin firm and youthful. It also contains zeaxanthin and lutein that keep cataract and glaucoma away. A cup of green tea a day will keep cataract and glaucoma away.

3. Green Tea Reduces Skin Inflammation and Redness

Green tea contains polyphenols that are anti-inflammatory. They are good for the body and skin. So you can drink your tea and use the tea leaves too. Your skin becomes inflamed due to stress, insufficient sleep, poor diet, and environmental factors, which is, more often than not, the main culprit. An inflamed and red skin mars the beauty and can result in several skin problems. Drinking and topically applying green tea reduces inflammation and redness and soothes skin irritation.

4. Green Tea May Prevent Acne 

Green Tea has antibacterial properties that can prevent acne and other skin problems. These are caused by bacteria that take up residence in the pores of the skin. The polyphenols send the bacteria packing and work as cleansers. In fact, the Saudi Medical Journal published a study conducted on 60 volunteers, which reported that using a lotion containing 2% green tea helped treat acne. When used regularly, there is a significant improvement in acne and other skin problems. It is the perfect home remedy for skin problems such as acne, more so because it is inexpensive, without side effects, and effective.

5. Green Tea Clears Blackheads and Unclogs Pores

Rinsing your face with green tea controls excess oil production and associated problems. Some people have oily skin – maybe because of non-application of moisturizer or because of overactive sebum-producing glands. Whatever the cause, the excess oil gets deposited in the pores, clogging them—this results in closed pores and causes whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. The pesky problems, though small in size, mar the beauty. Green tea, a natural astringent, is the solution to this problem. It mops up the oil, cleanses the pores, and closes them. So, nothing can get inside the pores and your skin remains clean and clear. Use green tea as an astringent A.M and P.M.

Green Tea DIYs At Home

Green Tea Toner

To make a green tea toner, brew, and cool 100 ml of green tea. This is your toner that you can apply on the face with a cotton pad. You can use it twice a day to remove excess oil and tighten the pores of the skin.

Green Tea Face Scrub

To make a face scrub, you need loose tea leaves. Either buy loose green tea leaves or just split open a teabag. Mix it with your regular face wash and scrub your face with it till your skin feels clean.

Green Tea Face Mask

Method 1

Make your own green tea face mask by powdering green tea leaves. Mix this with honey, milk, turmeric powder, and yogurt and apply it on the face. Rinse it off with cold water when it dries.

Benefits of Green Tea for Skin
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Method 2:

Another way is to brew and cool green tea and make a paste of this with gram flour. Or you can use the cooled tea with brown sugar and oil to exfoliate.

Final Words

Green tea is magical and can work wonders on the skin. It is not just an antioxidant, but it is also a rich source of Vitamins E and B2 that help produces collagen, which firms up the skin. So, the next time you find yourself reaching for black tea, give it a miss and head for green tea. A pot of brewed green tea is just what you need.

Author's Bio

Swati Sharma is a beauty and skincare enthusiast. She loves to create content around it and presently is a blogger at 365 gorgeous a beauty and skincare blog dedicated to keeping you gorgeous, always. When not writing, you would often find her sipping a cuppa and reading non-fiction books.

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