I am working on a post that is all about tea. We haven't talked about my love of loose tea in a LOOOONG time. Later today or tomorrow, I am going to tell you about an amazing Rochester-based company called Tealightful -- and we will have a GIVEAWAY too!
Until then, I want to talk about green tea.
Green Tea is a powerhouse antioxidant, which has been shown to significantly halt the glycation process as they promote collagen synthesis. Choosing skin care products formulated with Green Tea can help fight glycation and minimize the signs of skin aging caused by dietary indiscretions such as sugar consumption.
For your health, antioxidants are believed to help inhibit cell damage and are said to help prevent skin damage from the sun's UV rays, lower the risk of heart disease, help prevent Alzheimer's and more. That is why Green Tea is so amazing!
Green Tea is also wonderful when used in skin care products.This is because they help protect against free radicals. Free radicals not only impact your health, but they also impact your skin. UV damage, smoke and other pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin, accelerating the aging process and damaging cells. This damage causes collagen and elastin to break down, making you look older.
When you apply skin care treatments with antioxidants, you are shielding your skin from harm.
This milky cleanser has a beautiful consistency. I used to be a bar cleanser girl. I also liked gel cleansers. Now I just adore milky cleansers as I get older and my skin is dryer. This really has a beautiful feel to it. The first three ingredients are aloe vera, green tea, and milk. It is about as wholesome as cleansers come and it is oh so gentle on my skin. I like this. A lot. It can be used as both a mask and a cleanser. They recommend applying to the skin and letting it absorb for three minutes as a mask. The soothing effects of the green tea are really apparent. This is a top notch product. As a basic cleanser, you can use it as normal and massage in. It also removes makeup without stinging.
This is one of my four favorite shampoos. In addition to bamboo and avocado, this is rich in Green Tea. You may not be aware of this, but Green Tea is believed to help strengthen thinning hair and protect it from the elements.
A bargain at drugstore.com, this body butter in a hygienic tube is amazing. It rivals any uber high end brand. Shea butter is the number one ingredient, followed by Green Tea. It is extremely rich and ideal for winter-dry skin. You will not be disappointed.
They have this one at Walgreens and it is lovely. It is non-irritating even to my watery, sensitive eyes. It removes stubborn eye makeup, including Cargo Swimmables Eye Liner. It doesn't leave a greasy film either.
5. Homemade Green Tea Toner
And here is a recipe that I make in a pinch and have for well over a decade! It is a DIY Green Tea and Vitamin C Toner. Will it be as potent as a really good, dermatologist-crafted green tea skin care product? No. But this is still lovely!
- Chilled green tea (one cup of tea made with distilled water)
- 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil
- a drop of vitamin E oil
- one crushed up 500mg vitamin C with rosehips tablet
- Shake really well. I store it in an amber or cobalt spray bottle and spritz on.
- Keep refrigerated and discard after 1 week.