Did you know that you can harness the anti-oxidant, anti-aging, and rejuvenation benefits of Green Tea externally? Green Tea helps reduce skin redness, protects and rejuvenates skin cells, and assists with the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure. Studies have shown that Green Tea reactivates dying skin cells that are at the end of their life cycle, and also note the potential benefits for various skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles, wounds, and scars.*
Learn how to take advantage of the healing and medicinal properties of Green Tea with these skin care recipes:
Green Tea, Lemon Balm, & Mint Facial Steam
Facial steams moisturize, relax muscles, plump wrinkles, eliminate toxins, dislodge dirt from pores, and are good for circulation. This recipe is refreshing, rejuvenating, and soothing.
- 1/8 cup organic Green Sencha Leaf Tea
- 1/4 cup dried organic Lemon Balm, increase the amount if using fresh Lemon Balm
- 1-2 TBSP dried organic Peppermint, increase the amount if using fresh Peppermint
Place Green Sencha Tea, Lemon Balm, and Peppermint into a large ceramic or glass bowl. Boil water and pour over herbs and tea, immediately placing a towel or lid over the bowl so that the oils being released from the herbs do not escape. Steep for 5 minutes. Place the bowl on a table or other surface where you can comfortably sit and hold your face over the bowl covering your head and the bowl with a large towel to make sure that no steam can escape. Make sure to keep your eyes closed and breathe deeply to inhale the therapeutic properties of the herbs. Steam for 10 minutes.
Green Tea & Rose Facial Toner
Toners help adjust pH levels, remove any residues left on the skin after cleansing, tone and tighten pores, and moisturize. This toner is gentle, soothing, and beneficial for all skin types.
- 4 oz organic Witch Hazel Extract
- 2 oz organic Rose Hydrosol
- 1 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 tsp organic Green Sencha Leaf Tea
- 1/2 tsp organic Vegetable Glycerine
- 2-5 drops Rose or organic Geranium (Rose) Essential Oil
First, make an herbal infused Witch Hazel Extract by placing the Green Sencha Tea leaves and Witch Hazel Extract in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake the jar daily and allow the mixture to infuse for 2 or more weeks. Once finished infusing, strain the Green Tea leaves out and reserve the remaining liquid. Mix the infused Witch Hazel Extract with all of the other ingredients, and pour into dark glass bottles.
Green Tea & Lavender Facial Cleansing Grains
Facial scrubs exfoliate the skin, scrubbing away dead skin cells and cleansing pores. Some facial scrubs can be rough on the skin, but this recipe contains oats, almonds, and other nourishing ingredients.
- 1 TBSP organic Oatmeal
- 1 TBSP organic Almonds
- 2 tsp dried organic Lavender flowers
- 1 tsp French Green Clay
- ¼ tsp organic Matcha Tea
- 2-5 drops organic Lavender Essential Oil
Grind oats, almonds, and Lavender flowers in a clean coffee grinder until finely powdered. Sift through a mesh screen to remove larger pieces; larger pieces may be too abrasive for the delicate facial skin. Add clay, Matcha, and Lavender essential oil. Mix thoroughly, and store in a glass jar. To use, mix a small amount with water, milk, cream, yogurt, flower water, or tea until a smooth paste forms. Apply to slightly damp skin and gently massage with fingertips, avoiding the sensitive areas around the eyes and lips. When finished, rinse off with cool water.
You can use this same blend for a facial mask! Simply apply a light layer on the face, making sure to avoid the delicate skin area around the eyes and mouth. Leave on for 10 minutes or until the mask feels taught and dry, then rinse off with cool water. For dry or sensitive skin types, leave on for 5 minutes or less.
Peppermint & Green Tea Cooling Mist
Use this mist on sunburns or whenever in need of a little cooling off. Peppermint is very refreshing and helps provide instant relief for irritated and hot skin. Incorporating Green Tea into the blend helps reduce redness.
- 6 oz distilled or purified water
- 2 TBSP dried organic Peppermint leaf
- 1 tsp organic Green Sencha Leaf Tea
- 1-2 drops organic Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)
Pour boiling water over the Peppermint and Green Sencha Tea leaves, and infuse until cool. Strain out the leaves and pour the remaining liquid into a 4oz spray bottle. Add the essential oil (if using) and shake to combine all ingredients. Mist directly on sunburn for relief. Use within 1-2 days or store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
Green Tea Compress
Green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant and naturally contains tannic acid, theobromine, and polyphenols – all of which ease and repair skin. Green Tea compresses are especially beneficial for sunburned skin and for treating various skin conditions.
To create a compress from Green Sencha Leaf Tea, make an infusion by pouring boiling water over organic loose-leaf tea and allow to cool completely. Once it has cooled, strain out the leaves and reserve the liquid. Soak a clean cloth in the infusion and then place saturated cloth on skin for 5-10 minutes at a time. This process may be repeated several times a day.
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* Green Tea Linked To Skin Cell Rejuvenation, Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/04/030425071800.htm