When I wake up in the morning the first thing I always do is make myself a hot drink. Usually it’s coffee to give me a little energy for the day but sometimes herbal tea is a nice refreshing change too. I usually like to keep a variety of herbal teas within the household for different benefits whether it is for health reasons or simply because it tastes nice. One tea that is always in my kitchen is green tea simply because it is good for you in a variety of ways. There are occasions when I go through a lot of green tea (and peppermint too) and if I don’t reuse it for another drink (despite it being weaker the second time) I cut open the tea bag and put it in a small bowl I keep in my bathroom to use on my face.
Green tea originated in China in 2737 BD. It comes from a plant called Camellia which can be found all over southeast Asia and helps with the overall immunity of the body. It is full of vitamins, minerals and various polyphenols that can be obtained from plant-based foods and they have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. These help with allergies, inflammations and help to fight viruses. Green tea also contains theanine which helps with stress but green tea contains caffeine so if you avoid caffeine in your diet, make sure you get the decaffeinated option.
Besides green tea being good for you internally and mentally, it can also be used on the skin as a cleansing exfoliator and overall cleaning of the skin.
- It is good if for removing make-up and dirt from the skin.
- If your skin is feeling inflamed and/or itchy green tea is perfect for reducing inflammations and itchy skin because of its anti-inflammation properties. It has also been shown to help with skin diseases such as Psoriasis which is a skin disease where red, itchy patches come up on the skin.
- Green tea helps protect your skin from the sun because the catechins within green tea help make the skin more resistant to UV rays.
- The tannins in green tea helps to shrink pores and sebum as well as giving the tea its bitter taste. (Products containing green tea are great for oily skin)
I only use green tea as an exfoliant 2-3 times a week but if you have sensitive skin exfoliating should only be done once a week. Sometimes I like to add some pure peppermint tea to help cool my skin down if it is feeling inflamed or irritated. Green tea is great for cleaning and exfoliating as well as being a cheap alternative if you don’t want to spend money on beauty products.