We all know that tea, white, green, oolong or black, is a great addition to a healthy diet. Numerous studies show that the properties in green tea (and other tea varietals) can help you maintain health and well-being and may even ward of disease. Drinking 3-4 cups of tea per day will keep you well and beautiful on the inside.
Did you know, however, that you can incorporate tea in your beauty regimen for beautiful, radiant and healthy skin? The anioxidant ECGC (epigallocatechin gallate) in green tea, for example appears to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and can help fight damage done by free radicals.
It does not take much time or preparation to make the following recipes. You probably have most of the tools and ingredients at home. Give it a try – not only is it fun, but you can also save some money in the process.
Take one quart of water and bring to aboil. Add 1/2 cup of unflavored black or green tea and steep for 10- 15 minutes. Strain the leaves and set aside. Let the tea cool. Soak a piece of cotton in the tea and place on the sunburned areas. Leave on for about 15 minutes, or until the burned areas begins to cool. You can repeat this treatment up to four times a day. If refrigerated, the tea will keep for up to one week.
FOR PUFFY AND TIRED EYES
- Since tea is astringent, it helps get rid of puffy and swollen eys. Simply soak cotton balls in the prepared cold black or green tea and place on your eyes for 10 minutes.
TO BRING COLOR AND SHINE TO YOUR HAIR
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add 1/4 cup of black tea. Steep for 15-20 minutes. Cool the tea to room temperature and rinse damp, shampooed hair with it. Not only will it darken your hair, but it will also add beautiful highlights.
Simple, inexpensive, yet effective ways to take care of your skin!