Green tea is made from leaves harvested from the perennial evergreen shrub Camellia sinensis. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, substances that reduce damage to the human body caused by free radical activity. According to the Mayo Clinic, preliminary studies have linked the consumption of green tea to improvements in certain physical ailments from the common cold to heart disease. You do not have to drink green tea to reap its benefits. It can also be utilized in fabulously refreshing and rejuvenating beauty treatments.
Pamper and protect your skin with a green tea mask. According to Women Fitness, the antioxidants in green tea are a powerful enemy of the free radicals that can wreak havoc on sun-damaged skin, providing 20 times more protection than vitamin C. Green tea also soothes redness and inflammation, cleanses pores and reduces signs of aging.
Use this easy, homemade mask once a week for clear, glowing skin. Combine 1 tbsp. each Matcha green tea powder (a particularly potent form of green tea), white tea powder and chamomile extract. Slowly pour a small amount of all-natural honey into the mixture, stirring as you pour. Add just enough honey to form a thick paste. Apply the entire mask to your freshly washed face, being careful to avoid your eyes and mouth. Leave the mask on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water and pat dry.
Green Tea Moisturizer
Moisturize your skin with all the goodness of green tea. This superthick moisturizer can be used on your face and body to soothe dry skin and to fight wrinkles.
Pour 1 1/2 cups of hot (not boiling) distilled water over 4 tbsp. of Matcha green tea powder. Stir it well, and set it aside to cool. While your tea is cooling, combine 2 tbsp. each shea butter and shredded beeswax, and 1/2 cup each olive oil and coconut oil in a saucepan. Stir the mixture over low heat until it is melted, pour it into your blender, and let it fully cool. Blend it on high speed as you slowly add the Matcha green tea. When the mixture is thick and thoroughly combined, you will have a thick cream.
If you wish to add fragrance, stir in a few drops of essential oil. You may wish to choose an essential oil for the benefits it offers. For example, rosemary clarifies pores, patchouli soothes chapped skin and lavender reduces acne and provides an overall calming effect. Stir in a few drops of the essential oil of your choice, and store your moisturizer in a clean glass jar. Remember, the cream has no preservatives, so store it in your refrigerator.
Soothing Lip Balm
The skin on your lips is so thin that it can easily dry out and crack, especially during the colder months. This green tea lip balm moisturizes and smoothes fine lines while protecting your delicate lips from wind and cold. This recipe is so fast and easy, you may want to make an extra-large batch and give the lip balm as party favors or holiday gifts. Lip-balm containers can be purchased from beauty supply stores or on the Internet.
Melt 1 oz. of beeswax in your microwave. Remove it promptly, and stir in 1/2 cup walnut, almond or olive oil. Add 1/4 cup Matcha green tea powder. Mix well, and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove it promptly, stir well and set it aside to cool. Once your lip balm is fully cooled, you can scoop it into your container.
Before you apply your green tea lip balm, exfoliate your lips. While you are in a hot shower, gently massage your lips in circular motions with a clean washcloth. This will remove dry, dead skin. Apply the lip balm to your freshly exfoliated lips, and let the softening begin.