Written by Karley @Chicandgreen
We all know that there are many health benefits of tea, but did you know that many types of tea, especially Green Tea, are good for the skin?
In skincare, Green Tea holds so many remarkable benefits. Green Tea is a powerhouse antioxidant which has been shown to significantly halt the glycation process as they promote collagen synthesis. What is glycation? Simply put, it is the process of sugar proteins damaging the collagen and elastin in the skin. Choosing skin care products formulated with Green Tea can help fight glycation and minimize the signs of skin aging caused by dietary indiscretions such as excess sugar consumption.
The EGCG in Green Tea also helps protect against free radicals. Free radicals not only impact your health, but they negatively impact your skin. UV damage, smoke and other pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin, accelerating the aging process and damaging cells. This damage causes collagen and elastin to break down, making you look older, as we just mentioned with the glycation process.
When you apply skin care treatments with antioxidants, you may be shielding your skin from harm. There are actually several published, peer-reviewed studies about tea and the skin. One that stands out to me is the one published in the American Association for Cancer Research, which talks about tea’s ability to help prevent UVB damage. Look for skin care products with green tea on the ingredients label. Even better, you can make your own.
DIY BEAUTY PROJECT
Did you know that Earl Grey tea is also beneficial to the skin? Earl Grey offers anti-bacterial properties. This teacontains pure Italian bergamot oil, which not only has a lively citrus aroma, but may help improve the appearance of your skin. Not only can Bergamot Oil help your skin look more radiant, but it contains antiseptic properties. This makes Bergamot a wise choice to help care for acne, psoriasis and other troubled skin conditions.
Since both green tea and Earl Grey are skin benefiting, our Earl Grey Green (which uses certified organic green tea) is the ideal choice for our DIY project.
Today, I’m sharing a simple Earl Grey Green Tea Facial Toner recipe. Toners are spritzed on the skin or applied with a cotton ball and help remove any traces of makeup left behind after cleansing. A well-formulated toner can also restore the skin’s pH.
DIY Earl Grey Green Tea Toner
- Chilled Tealightful Organic Earl Grey Green Tea (one cup of brewed tea)
- A drop or two of vitamin E oil (optional)
- One crushed-up 500mg vitamin C with rosehips tablet
- Combine the above ingredients.
- Shake really well. I store this in an amber or cobalt spray bottle and spritz on.
- Keep refrigerated and discard after 1 week.
Do you have a favorite way to incorporate tea into your beauty routine? I’d love to hear your comments on the subject.