Your skin is your body's largest organ and it has the potential to absorb many ingredients that you apply topically to it, so let's look at how we can reap the benefits of what nature has to offer us.
Herbal teas are a wonderful addition to your daily skin care regimen. Teas such as green, black, and peppermint are aromatically uplifting and can help to tighten pores. Chamomile and lavender flowers are calming and can help to reduce inflammation. The next time you steep some organic herbal tea, keep the used tea bags, open them up, and use them in your face masks and scrubs.
Here are five teas to use for glowing skin:
Turn chamomile tea into ice cubes and use them in a cold compress for puffy eyes. Roman chamomile is calming, German chamomile has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, making it useful for puffy eyes and acne. You should never use ice directly on your skin, though. Wrap a few chamomile ice cubes in a natural cloth, then apply to eyes for no longer than 10 minutes at a time.
2. Green Tea
Topically, green tea works well with reducing inflammation, removing bacteria and excess oil, and free radical protection. The antioxidants and polyphenols in green tea are among the most powerful in helping to protect the skin from environmental damage. Steep 1 cup of green tea in hot water, just before boiling point, and cover for 8 minutes. Remove tea bag and pour water into a spray bottle or glass bottle with lid. Add 1 cup of witch hazel or aloe vera juice. Use daily with a cotton pad after cleansing.
Add your steeped calendula tea bags to yogurt and rolled oats for a mask high in antioxidants. Oatmeal contains avenanthramides, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that soothe itchy, dry and irritated skin. Calendula, also known as the pot marigold flower, has been used for centuries for its healing properties. It's often infused into an oil and used in ointments and rash creams. Topically, it helps to heal minor abrasions, wounds, acne, rashes, and inflammatory skin conditions. It's high in flavonoids, helping to protect the skin from environmental damage. Steep 2 bags of calendula tea for 8 minutes. Remove tea bags from water and squeeze out excess. Open tea bags into ½ cup plain yogurt and ¼ cup rolled oats. Mix well and apply to a clean face. Leave on for 15 minutes. Wipe off with a cloth and rinse well.
Cool off in hot weather with peppermint face spritz. Peppermint tea is often used for soothing the digestive system, but it also helps to cool the body internally and externally. It's naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, making it a perfect herbal remedy to beat the summer heat. Steep a bag of peppermint tea in 1 cup of water for 8 to 10 minutes, covered. Remove bag and pour peppermint tea infusion into a dark glass spray bottle. Spritz face when you need a cool down or are suffering from a headache. Keep refrigerated for extra cooling benefits.
5. Black Tea
Black tea contains tannins and polyphenols such as theaflavins and thearubigins as well as catechins, which are mainly responsible for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions. Antioxidative properties of black tea are manifested by its ability to block and scavenge free radicals. These antioxidative properties help tone the skin, accelerate skin cell regeneration, and protect from free radicals that cause premature aging.
You can steep a pot of black tea and pour the infusion directly into your bathwater, or try opening up the tea bag and add it to 2 tablespoons of honey. Gently exfoliate the face with the mixture and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well and follow with moisturizer or plain coconut oil.
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