There’s a certain drink that has a very healthy reputation. The health benefits of green tea are many — it’s a lower-caffeine alternative to coffee, and it’s packed with antioxidants. Green tea is chock full polyphenols, an effective antioxidant known to improve the skin, hair, and nails.
But you don’t have to sip a hot mug of green tea to get these health benefits. You can apply green tea to your hair, skin, nails, and use it in many other beauty applications. Skip the expensive beauty creams and potions. You can have an at-home spa day that will leave you feeling refreshed and looking beautiful — for just the cost of a few cups of tea.
Along with green tea, you can also use apple cider vinegar and even honey and olive oil in your natural beauty routine. Or you can grab a Massage Envy coupon and let a trained therapist do the pampering for you!
Health Benefits of Green Tea
1. Add shine to dull hair
A quick hair rinse with green tea will give dull hair a much-needed boost of shine. Steep tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes, let it cool and pour on hair. Apply a shower cap and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Follow up by shampooing, conditioning and styling as usual.
2. Reduces puffy eyes
Did you just finish a hot cup of green tea? Do not throw the bag away! Pop your used tea bags in the fridge for a cool eye compress. Apply to your face when you have 10-15 minutes to relax. The anti-inflammatory components of green tea will reduce puffiness.
3. Removes foot odor
Foot odor happens, but it does not have to happen to you. Brew some green tea, let it cool and soak your feet in the solution. Soak your feet for about 10 minutes a day until the odor goes away. Tannic acid, a common ingredient found in tea, is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
4. Tone skin
Toner is commonly used to give the skin an extra level of cleansing to remove dirt and oils that your favorite face wash may have missed, but it can also be used as a refreshing hydrator for the skin. This is perfect for hot days.
Grab a few bags of green tea, boil, steep for 15 minutes and let it cool down. Once the tea is cool, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a clean spray bottle, add the tea, shake to mix and refrigerate. When you feel overheated or tired, spray this one your face for a refreshing boost.
5. Reduce signs of aging
The antioxidants in green tea aren’t just for drinking. Mix 1 tbsp. of powdered green tea with 3 tbsp. plain yogurt. Apply to your face for 20 minutes, then rinse off. Use this green tea mask once a week for moisturized skin and reduced fine lines.
6. Soothe sunburns
Brew a pot of green tea, and then let it chill in the fridge. Soak towels in the chilled green tea and use them as a compress on sunburned skin.
7. Exfoliate your skin
Another use for those used tea bags — cut open used tea bags and mix the leaves with sugar. Add water to achieve your desired consistency. Use the sugar scrub as an exfoliator on your body or your face for an instant glow.
8. Freshen your breath
If alcohol-based mouthwashes are too harsh on your gums, reach for the green tea instead. Brew a concentrated mug of green tea (either use more tea, less water, or let steep for longer), let it cool, and use as a breath-freshening mouth rinse. If you brew up a big jug, you can store it in the fridge and use for a week.
9. Get rid of yellow nails
Soak your fingernails in (cooled) green tea once a week and you’ll see yellowness in your fingernails start to go away and your nails will be stronger and shinier. If you can find green tea essential oil, it makes a great cuticle oil and will help with brittle nails.