The health benefits of drinking green tea are no longer secret. Too few, though, are aware of how effective green tea can be as part of your skin and hair protection strategy. Let us count the ways:
Flush Toxins From The Skin
Your skin is the largest organ of the human body. It exists to keep the outside world, and all its pollutants, out of the inside. That means that over time, your skin will absorb all that gunk – as well as the gunk in your diet. Use a green tea mask to soak it out.
Combats Aging Signs
Green tea contains polyphenols which, used topically, can reduce signs of aging like wrinkles and age spots.
Treats Dark Circles
Green tea contains a fairly rare vitamin that works against those dark circles: Vitamin K.
Mix two cups of green tea with a few drops of any essential oil. Spray or dab that onto the skin. It’ll draw the impurities out and help keep your skin hydrated.
Treats Inflamed Skin
Green tea has antibacterial qualities that soothe the inflammation and itch. This also helps heal scars and improve the skin’s elasticity.
Makes Hair Shiny
The panthenol, vitamins E and vitamin C in green tea work together to help keep your hair well-conditioned and glossy.
Treats Acne and Pimples
Green tea contains catechins, antibacterial agents that fight the bacteria in the skin directly, but which also fight internally by balancing the out-of-whack hormones that cause acne in the first place.
Treats Puffy Eyes
The astringents in green tea – antioxidants and tannins – shrink the swollen blood vessels under the skin that cause that hated ‘puffy eyes’ look.
Stimulates Hair Growth
Green tea’s catechins contain 5-alpha-reductase inhibiting properties that help fight off DHT, one of the causes of hair loss. Even just drinking two to three cups a day is beneficial for hair growth.
Resists Sun Damage
Green tea’s polyphenols, tannic acid and theobromine can help soothe and heal sunburned skin. It neutralizes damage caused by exposure to UV rays. But it gets better. Drinking green tea has been found to suppress the gene that causes skin cancer.
Have you noticed that green tea has a slightly rough texture? Used topically, even in a soothing cream, helps slough off dead skin cells.
The combination of astringent and antioxidant properties in green tea works together to shrink open pores. Drink up!