Indians have an unbreakable bond with tea, we don’t really wake up until our lips touch that morning cup of tea. It is such an integral part of our daily life that we can’t function without sipping tea at regular intervals throughout the day.

But tea does more than just relieve headaches and keep us active. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing benefits of tea make it an excellent ingredient for skin and hair.

15th December is International Tea Day and being huge fans of tea that we are, we want to use this opportunity to raise a toast to our favourite beverage. Here all the amazing ways this ingredient can be used to get quick relief from common skin problems.

 

Depuffs eyes

Depuffs eyes

Long and exhausting days are always followed up by tired, puffy eyes. But that does not mean you cancel all your plans and wait for the puffiness to reduce. Placing two wet tea bags on your eyes for 5-10 minutes will instantly reduce puffy eyes and dark circles.

Caffeine and tannins in tea helps shrink blood vessels and alleviate the swelling. 

 

Soothes sunburn

Soothes sunburn

Excessive sun exposure can cause sunburns and uneven skin tone, tea can help fix this problem. The presence of tannic acid present in tea works wonders on skin that is sunburnt or has blemishes.

Brew some tea as you normally would and allow it to cool down completely. Dip a soft towel in the tea and place it on the affected area for about 30 minutes. You can also apply soaked tea bags directly on your skin to reduce redness.

 

Fixes chapped lips

Fixes chapped lips

Dry and chapped lips are common during winter and sometimes even the best of lip balms don’t work well in fixing this problem.

But our beloved tea can alleviate the pain associated with this problem and hydrate your lips.

Soak a green tea bag in warm water and place it over your lips. Doing so will reduce the burning sensation as well as nourish your lips and relieve the dryness.

 

Enhances hair shine

Enhances hair shine

Did you know that certain types of teas can be used to enhance the shine and colour of your hair naturally? Rinsing your hair with black tea will give women with black hair natural brunette highlights and also add a healthy shine.

To do this, brew some black tea and allow it to cool down. Rinse hair with this tea and wrap it up in a towel so your tresses can soak the colour for about 20 to 30 minutes. Wash off with water.

 

Body odour

Body odour

Body odour is an embarrassing problem, perfumes and deodorants may not always be able to fix it.

But guess what, tea can! If you want to tackle smelly underarms use a mixture of green tea, sugar, lemon and honey to exfoliate your underarms and get rid of dead skin cells as well as the odour. Gently rub for 5 minutes and then wash off.