Women who use make-up on a daily basis are absorbing almost 5lb (2.3kg) of chemicals a year into their bodies, it is claimed. If you'd like to decrease your exposure to chemicals, you can find a lot of natural fabulous ingredients in your kitchen cupboard such as green tea. To make DIY Green Tea Beauty Products just follow these simple recipes. Not only will you be saving money, your skin will feel and look healthier, and you will be saving your skin from any nasty chemicals.
Scientists are discovering numerous benefits of using green tea topically on the skin. Green tea is rich in skin protective antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, polyphenols and carotenoids. Studies have shown that when applied topically green tea can help promote youthful healthy skin. It has been found to possess anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous effects (1), (2), (3).
Research has shown that green tea contains high levels of the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), which when applied topically can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, and lower the risk of photo ageing and skin cancer. Green tea can give you a smoother and healthier complexion (4).
DIY Green Tea Beauty Products - Eye Treatment
This simple eye treatment can help reduce puffiness and darkness under the eyes.
Ingredients: 2 tsp Organic green tea (Try Bodhi Organic ViridiTEA)
Steep tea for 5 minutes in 1 cup of near boiling water, strain and then place in the fridge to cool. Soak cotton pads in green tea and place on eyes. Lie down relax for 20 minutes.
NOTE: To reap green teas vitamin C benefits cold brew your tea by steeping 3 tsp of green tea in 1 cup of cold water overnight in the fridge.
DIY Green Tea Beauty Products - Toner
Many commercial toners are made with alcohol. Many forms of alcohol are common ingredients in skin care products, all of which can be irritating and drying to the skin. A natural, alcohol-free toner can be made easily, and cheaply with green tea. This antioxidant rich toner is beneficial for all skin types, particularly for mature skin to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
1 tsp organic green tea (Bodhi Organic ViridiTEA)
1 cup near boiling water
2 drops of essential oil: lavender (relaxing), tea tree (for oily, acne prone skin), peppermint or rosemary.
Method: Steep tea for 5 minutes, strain, and then place in the fridge to cool. Add desired essential oils and then pour into a glass jar or bottle. Apply to a freshly cleansed face with a cotton pad. Then apply a good natural moisturiser.
DIY Green Tea Beauty Products - Body Scrub
This delicious smelling green tea and coconut body scrub is an excellent way to remove dead skin from your body. Your skin will feel smooth, soft and silky. Use this scrub 1-2 x week.
3/4 cup cooled strong green tea (Bodhi Organic ViridiTEA)
1 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp raw honey
Method: Mix ingredients together well in a jar and then apply to your body in a circular motion.
By Lisa Guy, naturopath and founder of Bodhi Organic Tea
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