When we hear the word “tea” apparently, the first thought that comes to mind is drinking it, right? However, besides its obvious use, there are actually some other ways to incorporate tea into our daily health and beauty regimes. In this article, we are going to list the most noteworthy ones for external beauty purposes. All of the following perfectly utilise the antioxidant and detoxifying action of tea for cleansing and rejuvenating skin, hair, and scalp. For best results, use herbal detox types like the teas featured in our range.
No 1: Skin Toner. Brewed tea makes an excellent toner ingredient because unlike other toner ingredients like alcohol, it is highly rejuvenating and at the same time suitable for any skin type; from the driest to the most sensitive ones. As a matter of fact, it’s highly unlikely to cause any skin irritation. So if you are fed-up with harsh commercial toners, give this DIY natural toner a try: Brew 1 cup of tea the same way as you’d drink it (submerge the tea bag in hot water and wait a few minutes). Let this cool, pour into a glass or plastic lidded container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Use this on a cotton pad and apply to your skin for instant cleansing and rejuvenating action. This won’t remove all your makeup but it helps get rid of impurities and bacteria trapped on your skin surface whilst boosting its antioxidant defences.
No 2: Skin steaming ingredient. If you want to try a facial at home, before using your favourite skin mask, steam your face first so you open up your pores and prepare them for the rest of your skincare regime. To make your own DIY steamer with tea, simply boil 4 cups of water in a pot and add 2-3 teabags inside. Use a towel to cover your face sides and trap steam and leave your face covered like that for 10-15 minutes. This works similarly to a face sauna--the heat and steam will make you sweat and detox outer skin impurities. Do this once or twice a week and your skin will start developing a natural glow. It’s much more efficient than using plain hot water to steam your face.
No 3: Bathwater addition. Having a tired day? Or in need of a rejuvenating and mildly detox experience? Instead of using your ordinary bath soap alone, add a few tea bags as well in the bath water - not only will these offer an antioxidant boost during bath time which is very beneficial for your skin, but they won’t leave a mess and clog your bathtub as the herbs are trapped inside teabags. Once you finish your bath you simply take these and toss them away.
No 4: Scalp and hair treatment. Besides your skin, you can also use tea as scalp and hair treatment. The polyphenols, catechins, and nutrients it contains make it a natural yet effective toning scalp and hair treatment for mild issues like dandruff, irritated scalp, and even slow hair growth. To make your own DIY scalp and hair treatment with tea, brew one tea bag in 1 cup of water and cool. Transfer to a spray bottle container and spray the mixture on your hair roots and scalp. You can either leave it as it is till your next hair wash or leave it for at least 10 minutes and then rinse out with water and shampoo as usual. In general, the more time you leave it in, the better results you get.
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