6 Reasons to Add Green Tea to Your Skin Care Routine

Why you should take ten minutes (or more) to relax with a cup of green tea.

The health benefits of green tea are widely known, but did you know that it also does wonders for the skin?

Whether you drink it or apply it (we suggest both), green tea should be added to your beauty care routine. From the inside-out and outside-in, the antioxidants in green tea can play a significant role in enhancing your skin’s health.

Skin Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

Anti-Aging. Green tea is loaded with powerful antioxidants including polyphenols such as falvonoids and catechins. These work to reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, reducing the risk of cell damage, and slowing down the signs of aging.

De-Stress. Taking time to sit and enjoy a hot cup of tea helps you to relax. It is calming, soothing, and eases stress. But how is that good for the skin? Stress increases hormone levels which can lead to acne breakouts or flare-ups of eczema or psoriasis. So do yourself and your skin a favour, and enjoy that cup of tea!

Overall Appearance. The look of our skin is tied to our overall health. And guess what? Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can consume. Thanks to its polyphenols and catechin content, making it rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. A healthy body promotes healthy skin.

The experts suggested drinking at least 2-3 cups of green tea a day to ensure you are getting the most of these benefits.

Skin Benefits of Applying Green Tea to the Skin

Tired Eyes. If your eyes are looking tired or puffy, apply a couple of used tea bags. Simply put them in the fridge for about half and hour and then sit back with them over your eyes for five to ten minutes. The vitamin K will work to lighten dark circles, and the tannins will help reduce any swelling or puffiness.

Skin Detox. Want to get the most out of green tea for your skin all at once? Try bathing in it! The benefits include: skin detoxification, delaying skin cell aging, healing wounds and sores, firming and balancing the skin, repairing sun damage, treating and preventing acne, and fighting free radicals and inflammation.

To make your own green tea bath, brew 1-2 cups of strong green tea ahead of time and pour it into the running bath water. Add the used tea bags to the tub, get in and steep!

Sun Protection. Various studies have found that green tea, when applied topically, may enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen. It works by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation, rather than by blocking UV rays. Another reason to indulge in those green tea baths!

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