The Beauty Benefits of Tea

Thursday, April 28, 2016

You may often see tea listed on the ingredients labels of your favorite beauty, skin and hair care products. White Tea, Green Tea, Rooibos, Green Tea and more can also be found in many do it yourself beauty recipes. We’re here to share some of the beauty benefits of tea. Sit back, enjoy a cup, and learn more about some other reasons to love tea even more.

Does your hair look lackluster? Try a tea rinse.

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Tea can help enhance your hair’s color and shine.
Did you know that a tea rinse can enhance the natural tones and highlights in your hair without strong chemicals and unpleasant odors? A tea rinse will not give you a new color. In other words, if you are golden blonde, you cannot pour black tea in your hair and end up a brunette.
If you are a brunette, rinse your hair with Black Tea. Blondes & redheads can add a boost with Chamomile Tea. I use Black Tea in my hair as a weekly rinse.

I am going to share a simple DIY tea rinse for your hair.

How to make the rinse: Combine 2 cups of brewed black tea with 2 cups of water if you have dark hair. If your hair is light, the proportions are different. Combine 1 cup of brewed chamomile tea with 2 cups of water. Once your tea/water mixtures are combines, bring to a boil for several minutes. Cool so there are no hot spots and pour over damp hair and leave in for 30 to 60 minutes. When  your time is up, rinse with cool water. You will notice a subtle enhancement of your color and should see an increase in the amount of shine.

A recipe for beautiful skin

In skin care, Green Tea holds so many remarkable benefits.
Green Tea is a powerhouse antioxidant which has been shown to significantly halt the glycation process as they promote collagen synthesis. What is glycation? Simply put, it is the process of sugar proteins damaging the collagen and elastin in the skin. 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 excess sugar consumption.
The EGCG in Green Tea also helps protect against free radicals. Free radicals not only impact your health, but they negatively 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, as we just mentioned with the glycation process.
When you apply skin care treatments with antioxidants, you may be shielding your skin from harm. There are actually several published, peer-reviewed studies about tea and the skin. One that stands out to me is the one published in the American Association for Cancer Research, which talks about tea’s ability to help prevent UVB damage.  Look for skin care products with Green Tea on the ingredients label. Even better, you can make your own.

We’re going to create a recipe today using Tealightful Earl Grey Green tea.

Did you know that Earl Grey tea is also beneficial to the skin? Earl Grey offers anti-bacterial properties. This tea contains Bergamot Oilwhich not only has a lively citrus aroma, but may help improve the appearance of your skin. Not only can Bergamot Oil help your skin look more radiant, but it contains antiseptic properties. This makes Bergamot a wise choice to help care for acne, psoriasis and other troubled skin conditions.
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Today, I’m sharing a simple Earl Grey Green Tea Facial Toner recipe. Toners are spritzed on the skin or applied with a cotton ball and help remove any traces of makeup left behind after cleansing. A well-formulated toner can also restore the skin’s pH. Another fun tidbit — when you store a green tea toner in the fridge, it feels amazing on the skin on a hot summer day! I *only* drink tea from Tealightful, a Rochester-based company. You'll find a link to my fabulous consultant, Jarrod Parsons, below.

DIY Earl Grey Green Tea Facial Toner Recipe
  • Chilled Tealightful Organic Earl Grey Green Tea (one cup of brewed tea)
  • A drop or two of vitamin E oil (optional)
  • One crushed-up 500mg vitamin C with rosehips tablet
  • Combine the above ingredients.
  • Shake really well. I store this in an amber or cobalt spray bottle and spritz on.
  • Keep refrigerated and discard after 1 week.

Do you have a favorite way to incorporate tea into your beauty routine? I’d love to hear your comments on the subject.
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