I love Green Tea!
Drinking green tea daily is something that is recommended by many nutritionists across the world. The health benefits of green tea are vast. It can be drunk warm or cold – although many believe its benefits are far greater when drunk warm. Not only does it contain a number of antioxidants that protect your body from disease, it is also excellent for weight loss, known to decrease cancer risks and inflammation, great for oral health and prevention of gum disease, fights bacteria and viruses, aids in weight loss, known to help combat/prevent diabetes, keeps the heart healthy, and best of all, keeps the brain healthy. Drinking two cups of good quality green tea daily is enough to seriously benefit the health in all these ways and more.
It already sounds like gold dust right? – but there is more. Aside the healing and medicinal properties of Green Tea, there are also amazing ways in which you can harness the anti-oxidant, anti-ageing, and rejuvenation benefits of Green Tea externally.
Green Tea helps reduce skin inflammation and 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 helps with various skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles, wounds, and scars.
The most striking and well documented benefit of green tea use on skin is that it appears to exert sun damage protection by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Therefore, green tea may enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen. This is wonderful news when it comes to slowing down the ageing process and supporting and preserving the beauty of the skin as much as possible.
I have listed a few ways in which I use green tea as part of my skin rituals. Maybe you would like to try them too alongside drinking a cup or two daily 🙂
Green Tea Steam
Brew two bags of high quality green tea/or 1 tablespoon of loose green tea leaves in a large bowl of boiling water for 3 minutes. Put a towel over head, and steam the face for as long as you can bear it. Ideally 7-10mins. Once face starts to sweat, wash the face with cool water, pat dry and moisturise. Do this once a week. Its a wonderful way to open pores, detox the face.
Green Tea Mask
Mix 2 teaspoons of Matcha green tea powder with water to make a paste. Spread the mixture onto the face for 10 minutes. Then wash off with warm water. This is great for rejuvenating skin and tightening pores.
Green Tea Toner
This is one of my favourite ways of using Green Tea externally. Freeze freshly brewed good quality green tea as ice cubes and use them as a toner. (Just don’t apply ice cubes to your skin right out of the freezer, let them start thawing first or you may get a freeze burn.) This is great for tightening and toning skin and also helps with refreshing it, and protecting it from dehydration.
© 2014 Shroomantics ~ Rahima Begum
DISCLAIMER: Please note, I am not an expert in this field – these suggestions are a combination of personal experience and independent research. Please patch test all suggested treatments.