A few months ago, an article of mine was published on Mind Body Green, about herbal teas that work topically as skin care. The constituents in plants and flowers have a range of effects that can help to tighten skin, nourish and soothe.
Herbal teas are a wonderful addition to your daily skin care regimen. Teas such as green, black, and peppermint are aromatically uplifting and can help to tighten pores. Chamomile and lavender flowers are calming and can help to reduce inflammation.
Green tea is a staple in my daily diet. I drink it to give me a bit of energy (without the coffee jitters), and I drink it for it’s antioxidant properties. Topically, green tea works well with reducing inflammation, removing bacteria and excess oil, and free radical protection. The antioxidants and polyphenols in green tea are among the most powerful in helping to protect the skin from environmental damage.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine states that the antioxidant power in green tea polyphenols inhibit UV damage in the skin. So, the next time you steep some herbal tea, keep the used tea bags, open them up, and use them in your face masks and scrubs.
Green Tea Facial Mist:
- Steep 1 cup of green tea in hot water, just before boiling point, and cover for 8 minutes
- Remove tea bag and pour water into a spray bottle or glass bottle with lid
- Add 1 cup of witch hazel or aloe vera juice
- Add 1 capsule vitamin E oil as preservative (optional)
Use daily with a cotton pad after cleansing. This mist works particularly well on oily skin. To keep skin cool, keep this blend in the fridge and mist on hot, inflamed skin. Use within 2 weeks.