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5 Uses for Tea In Your Beauty Routine: It's Healthy and Budget Friendly!

I admit it.  I am one of those people who has spent $100 bucks or more at Teavana, a specialty tea shop with a location here in Kansas City.  One of my favorites is the hibiscus and coconut lime blend.  A cup of natural tea is a great way to add a healthy drink to your diet. We have all heard a lot about the  health benefits of tea, especially the antioxidants in green tea. 



You know I love using healthy foods in my beauty routine for many reasons, but in this case, it's because of the price.  You don't have to go to a specialty tea shop for anything fancy.  The basic black and green teas at the grocery are fine, as long as they are all natural and/or organic. 
   
Tea is a natural toner and moisturizer.

Did you know that tea can naturally cleanse and moisturize your skin and make it feel softer? 
Green tea toner can cleanse and reduce the appearance of pores and give your skin a youthful glow. In addition, making green tea toner at home is an inexpensive way to enhance your skin care routine.

Mix two cups of freshly brewed green tea, add to a bottle.  Add one cup witch hazel and shake. I apply this with a cotton ball once a day after I remove my makeup.   

Tea freshens your face and tightens the skin.

Facial skin is more delicate than the rest of your body, hence the need for extra care. Take two to three tablespoons of cooled green or black tea and dab it all over your face with a cotton ball. Let the tea absorb for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well. 

Applying green tea twice a day will help to remove impurities, clean clogged pores and tighten your skin. 


Tea can be used to exfoliate your skin.

There is another way you can use tea in your facial beauty treatment. It has been known for a long time that herbal soap makers are mixing tea leaves in their bathing bars for the purpose of skin polishing. Why not incorporate this in your face cream also?

Crush a teaspoonful of dried tea leaves and mix it in your face cream. You will have created a mild but effective scrub for your skin. Massage the cream mixture gently onto the face in a circular clockwise motion for 15 to 20 minutes. This will remove dead skin cells and polish your skin. Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat dry. You will agree that your skin never felt so soft and clean.


Tea soothes tired eyes and removes dark circles.

Lack of sleep, too much exposure to sun and long hours of work in front of a computer are all conditions which may lead to those ugly dark circles and puffy eyes. Many of us use cucumber slices to remove dark circles. But did you know that your previously brewed tea bags can work wonders in relieving tired eyes?

 Don't throw away the brewed tea bags. Instead, allow them to cool and use them over your closed eyes when resting.  The tannin and caffeine in natural tea will act to revive blood flow in the skin under the eyes and shrink blood vessels to reduce puffiness.


Tea cools off sunburns and soothes skin irritations.

No matter how careful you are before going out into the sun, sunburns can happen due to exposure, especially in the hot summer sun. Don't worry! Brew green tea, let cool and add to a spray bottle. Green tea works to reduce the inflammation of skin when it's burned, and the antioxidants will help heal the skin. The cool spray feels great! 

You can also fill the tub with lukewarm water and throw in tea bags for a long soak.  

Do you use tea in your beauty routine?


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