FitSugar is always telling me all the reasons I should substitute green tea for afternoon coffee – there are just so many great benefits of this beverage. High in antioxidants, it can help protect skin against UV damage and keep a complexion clear in the process with just 10 ounces a day. But are there any uses for green tea in homemade beauty remedies? You betcha.
- Green Tea Leaves: While picking up a bag is easier, breaking up tea leaves to create the pouch can cause some of the valuable essential oils to evaporate. Add approximately three teaspoons of loose tea to a 16-ounce bottle of room-temperature water and allow it to steep for one to two hours. Then, strain the tea into a clean spray bottle and discard the leaves. The remaining liquid can be stored in the fridge and spritzed on your face for a refreshing alternative to water.
To see three other ways to use green tea in all its forms,
- Green Tea Liquid: Before sitting down to sip a cup of already-steeped tea, put a little tea to the side. Then, blend it with one of my favorite products, baking soda, instead of water to give a little breath-freshening flavor to DIY toothpaste or swish it in lieu of mouthwash.
- Green Tea Bag: If you have splotchy, irritated skin, take a used (cooled) tea bag and make a compress to help the redness go down. The same goes for cuts, scrapes, burns, and puffy eyelids, too.
- Green Tea Powder: Green Tea Powder (available at health-food stores or online) is a great addition to smoothies, homemade green tea ice cream . . . and your favorite DIY face masks! To moisturize dry skin, mash 1/2 banana before adding one tbsp. honey, one tbsp. plain yogurt, and one tsp. green tea powder.