With tons of superfoods making their way into your skincare routine, it's now time to look at the skin benefits of green tea. While kadak chai may be your thing, try switching to green tea as it helps in several areas from reducing the risk of cancer to aiding weight loss and preventing acne. Don’t believe us? Green tea has become an essential ingredient in several skincare products and face masks like the Lakme 9 To 5 Moist Matte Clay Face Mask. Let's take a look at how a cup of green tea a day can keep the dermat away.
- Green tea benefits for your skin
- Treats dark circles and puffy eyes
- Anti-ageing benefits
- Controls oily skin
- Fights acne
- Eliminates blackheads
- Improves complexion
- Moisturises skin
- Reduces the risk of cancer
- 5 ways to add green tea to skincare routine
- Face mask
- Facial steam
Green tea benefits for your skin
This magical leaf is rich in catechins which are anti-inflammatory. Is your skin red or swollen? Drinking, as well as applying green tea to your skin can reduce irritation, soothe your skin and treat conditions like eczema, psoriasis, flaky skin and even dandruff. Yes, you heard that right. Green tea also does wonders to the scalp since it is antifungal in nature.
Treats dark circles and puffy eyes
Is concealer not doing the trick anymore? Green tea just may be the answer to your dark circles, puffiness and eye bags. The plant contains tannins which reduce dark circles while the caffeine in it calms and shrinks the stressed blood vessels around your eyes that causes puffiness.
Green tea truly is the perfect skin remedy since it also has anti-ageing benefits. It is an antioxidant, contains vitamin B which is responsible for collagen and vitamin E which encourages cell regeneration. Consider it an all-rounder as it even has polyphenols that fight free radicals, keeps the skin tight and nourishes it.
Controls oily skin
Are you tired of all the acne, blackheads and blemishes forming due to your oily skin? Green tea is your solution as it evens the skin tone and controls oil production. Since clogged pores are one of the biggest issues of oily skin, green tea is a great remedy as it shrinks pores thus leading to lesser blockages.
Green tea works wonders for multiple skincare problems, including acne. It literally checks all the boxes for acne control. Reduces excess sebum production? Check. Kills acne-causing bacteria? Check. Reduces open pores? Check. This is all thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of green tea. Drinking it also regulates hormonal imbalances which may be a cause of acne.
As mentioned before, green tea just might be what you need to get rid of stubborn blackheads. Other than controlling excess sebum and shrinking your pores, it also acts as a great exfoliator. Its antioxidant elements help remove dead cells, sebum and grime that causes blackheads.
You might have got it by now but green tea has all of the properties for clear and glowing skin. It has antioxidant properties that deal with blemishes. It also acts as an exfoliator sloughing off dead skin cells and rejuvenating your skin. It is also an astringent which controls hyperpigmentation and evens your complexion.
Along with treating oily skin, green tea is also a good moisturiser as it has vitamin E. It hydrates and nourishes your skin which in turn leads to a smooth texture and happy skin.
Reduces the risk of cancer
Green tea is not just for beauty. Research has shown that it can reduce the risk of skin cancer and even slow down its growth if one is diagnosed. Applying it on your skin or even drinking it encourages DNA repair and also fights off harmful UV rays responsible for skin cancer. It contains EGCG and polyphenols that kill cancer cells and prevents damage to healthy DNA cells.
5 ways to add green tea to skincare routine
Other than drinking green tea for lowering blood pressure or managing depression, you can also apply it to your skin since it has several topical benefits as mentioned above.
Green tea is a natural toner for your skin. Its extract draws out grime and other impurities, cleanses oily skin, shrinks large pores and evens your complexion. Brew two cups of green tea, allow it to cool and add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. You can pour this solution into a spray bottle and store it in a fridge. Spritz it on your face twice a day for fresh and dewy skin.
Tired of your usual cleanser not producing any results? Green tea will help wash off the grime settled on your face after a busy day. Mix two tablespoons of green tea water, one tablespoon of honey and massage on your face. Wash it off with a mild face wash like the Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash for soft and smooth skin.
Try a green tea face mask to get the most out of this extraordinary plant. Blend a tablespoon of ground green tea leaves and half a cup of yoghurt. Apply it to your face for 15 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
Want to check if green tea can indeed soothe your puffy eyes? This particular method truly kills two birds with one stone as you need to first drink green tea which is equally healthy for your internal organs. Take the used tea bag and freeze it. Apply the frozen bags to your eyes for 10 minutes and that’s it! Look and feel more awake and fresh with this handy tip.
Another way to get green tea to reduce acne and shrink your pores is to use it in your steam routine since it opens your pores and will give you the full benefit of the plant. Empty the contents of one green tea bag or take a tablespoon of green tea leaves and add it to your face steamer. Prep your skin with a mild cleanser. Close your eyes and direct the steam towards your face. Steam your face twice a week for three to four minutes for best results.
1) Does green tea help clear skin?
Yes, it controls oily skin and prevents acne and blackheads. Read the tips above on how to apply green tea for clear skin.
2) Which type of green tea is best for the skin?
Matcha green tea is the best kind since it is rich in antioxidants, chlorophyll and catechins needed for a skin detox.
3) Can we apply green tea to our face daily?
Yes, it is safe to apply green tea to your face daily. If you’re tired or don’t have the time for DIY remedies you can switch to skincare products that have green tea as an ingredient like the Lakme 9 To 5 Moist Mattifying Face Toner and Moist Mattifying Moisturiser.