Did you know the secret to glowing skin may be in your cup of tea? Green tea, to be exact! Its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce inflammation, stave off aging and help you to get the glowing skin you've always wanted.
We have seen lots of cosmetic products containing green tea, like moisturizers, skin brightening creams, toners and more – that just goes to show the benefits of incorporating this superfood into your routine.
If green tea isn't already part of your regimen, here are three reasons why it should be:
1. It helps to reduce oil
If you struggle with acne or an oily t-zone, then girl, you may want to get in on this!
The tannins in green tea, which also give it its bitter taste, act as an astringent. This can help to reduce the visibility of pores and slow the production of sebum, thus giving your skin a healthy looking glow. We all love that!
2. It reduce inflammation
Catechins, pronounced kat-i-chins, are compounds that give green tea its antibacterial properties and ability to calm inflamed skin. Just one cup of it contains up to 200 mg of catechins, making it a powerful hitter to add to your skincare arsenal.
3. Gently exfoliates
Dried green tea leaves have a slightly abrasive texture. This means that you can use them as a homemade facial scrub to eliminate the dead, rough skin cells on your face, as well as any excess oil and pollutants.
Below is a homemade exfoliating recipe you may want to try:
What you'll need
- 1 TB dried green tea leaves 2-4 tea bags depending on size of tea bag
- 1 cup organic white sugar or brown sugar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 TB honey
- In a medium-size bowl, combine all the ingredients. Store the exfoliator in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place.
So, as you can see, there are several reasons to start drinking a cup or two of green tea and making it part of your regular daily routine. It can be a little bitter, but you can always add a little lemon and honey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dalene Ekirapa is a fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger behind the blog Dalene Ekirapa - The
Quintessence of Life and Style. She is also a beauty and skincare consultant who loves all things that guarantee healthy skin. If she is not reading, find her writing; and if she is not singing, find her playing the guitar.
Edited by Cocoa Made