Most of us are aware that drinking tea on a daily basis can have health benefits but fewer of us are aware of the beauty benefits of tea. And drinking tea isn’t the only way to soak up all of those health kicks: using the leaves effectively in your beauty regime as reusing the teabags for a quick beauty fix could be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Black tea can get rid of dark circles around the eyes as well as reduce puffiness and redness. Dip teabags in hot water, cool and strain before resting on tired eyes. The weight mixed with the antioxidants in the tea will rejuvenate your eyes and any aesthetic giveaways that you’re burning the candle at both ends. Both black and green teabags can be used and have similar beautifying effects.
Green Tea has been used to assist weight loss and been the basis of many a fad diet over the years, but drinking it on a regular basis as part of a healthy lifestyle can provide you with that extra oomph to drop the inches from your waist.
EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) found in green tea reactivates dying skin cells and protects your skin from UV rays so drinking it on a regular basis can work wonders for your skin. Green tea can also be used as toner for oily skin. Just brew for 30 minutes then decant into a spray bottle or apply with cotton wool.
Rub green tea leaves over your face to exfoliate your skin and leave for a few minutes to let the leaves remove any unwanted toxins from your skin. After you rinse your face you will instantly notice its smoothness and shine.
Using green tea as a hair rinse conditions the hair. Green tea contains vitamins E, C and panthenol which are commonly used in conditioners, so pour cooled, brewed green tea over your hair after shampooing to add a soft silky shine to your locks. The softening qualities found in green tea also helps those who suffer from dandruff and the protection it provides from UV rays can help protect the scalp from further irritation.
Drinking oolong tea fights the signs of ageing. The powerful antioxidants of oolong tea help fight wrinkles and dark spots when drank regularly and like green tea, oolong can provide some protection from harmful UV rays which can make us look old before our time.
Camomile tea can be used as a natural hair highlighter. Although we all know it isn’t made from the same plant which produces black, green and oolong teas, using camomile tea as a hair rinse can help bring out natural red or blonde highlights in your hair. Pour cooled brewed camomile tea (with an optional squeeze of lemon juice) over your hair after shampooing and conditioning. But make sure you don’t rinse it out of your hair and the natural ingredients will help highlight your hair.