Green tea is a natural astringent that makes it healing, it is rich in antioxidants (the good guys) which help protect the skin from free radicals (the bad guys), and it contains polyphenols that help slow down the skin’s signs of aging. It also has a number of other brilliant components like amino acids, saponins (anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy), vitamins and minerals. So it’s hardly surprising that Green Tea is becoming so popular in mainstream skin(2) and hair treatments.
If you want to play alchemist, many Green Tea Skin Care treatments can be made up at home for a fraction of the cost, it’s fun, you get to drink the green tea as you go(3), and you’re able to ensure there are no chemical nasties in your homemade range.
- Facial toner ~ brew a cup of green tea. I suggest organic and loose leaf so there are no chemicals in either the tea or the tea bag. Cool to room temperature, put it in a clean, airtight, glass container and splash half of it on your face after cleansing. Use the other half the next day, and make up a new toner every second day.