Don’t just drink it

2016-12-14 06:01

TEA is not just for drinking - it actually can be used in a number of your beauty routines:

• Face refresher spray: steep green tea leaves in room-temperature water for a couple hours, strain, grab a spray bottle and fill it up with the tea. Spritz away whenever you need a little antioxidant-infused pick-me-up.

• Tooth treatment: a 2009 study conducted at Kyushu University in Japan and published in the Journal of Periodontology found that people who sip green tea regularly have healthier gums and teeth than those who don't. Brew a peppermint tea bag in 1 cup of water, let it cool and swish it around as a DIY mouthwash.

• Eye de-puffer: ease under-eye puffiness by placing tea bags - which have been soaked in cold water - over your eyes for about 15 to 20 minutes; the chill will soothe eyes while the caffeine, which is often featured in de-puffing beauty products -take a quick catnap while at it.

• Keep hair shiney: pigments in black tea can play up natural brunette highlights, which will make hair appear shinier, while chamomile tea will brighten subtle highlights for blondes. Rinse your locks with the appropriate cooled brewed tea, wrap it up in a towel and let it soak in for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing again and styling as usual.

• Exfoliating body scrub: brew a green tea bag in 1/2 a cup of water and allow it to cool. Then mix 1 part tea with 3 parts sugar (you can add honey).

• Facial cleanser: add a couple tablespoons of loose green tea to a creamy cleanser, stir it up and slather it on. Let it sit for five minutes to soften dead skin cells and then gently rub and rinse.

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