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Ways to Include Green Tea in Your Skincare Routine.

June’s newsletter highlights green tea in skincare.

Judy Larkin, Co-owner of the company, tasked me with creating a few skincare recipes using green tea. I wrote this article before Covid-19 but we chose to hold off on posting it until the situation started to slow down so our readers could buy any supplies needed for these recipes! I created four skincare recipes and had multiple people test them over an eight-week period.

How is green tea beneficial?

[i]Green tea is beneficial in skincare because it contains powerful antimicrobial properties that kill acne-causing bacteria. This not only treats acne but also protect your skin from various skin infections caused by harmful micro-organisms. It is rich in catechins which have anti-inflammatory properties. This helps reduce swelling, redness, and irritation of the skin.

Green tea is effective in exfoliating skin. It removes excess sebum(oil), dirt and dead skin cells trapped in your pores. It deeply cleanses the pores which make your skin rejuvenated and glowing. Green tea is high in antioxidants that fight damage-causing free radicals. This helps in preventing cell damage and slows down the skin’s natural aging process.

[ii]Using caffeinated tea can be great because when caffeine is applied topically through masks and other skin care treatments, it constricts the blood vessels and helps reduce inflammation and puffiness. It also tightens and brightens the skin, reducing wrinkles and visibly smoothing away cellulite on the body. However, if you tend to have an adverse reaction to caffeine or have a condition that can be worsened when ingesting caffeine opt for a decaf tea instead. We used a green decaffeinated tea.  Any unflavored green tea will work.

Green Tea and Honey Exfoliator

Yield: 14 oz.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Loose-leaf Green Tea, lightly ground
  • 1 Cup White Sugar or Brown Sugar (fine sugar, not large granules)
  • ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoon Honey
  • 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (Optional)

Recipe Instructions

  1. In a medium-size bowl, mix all ingredients until fully combined.
  2. Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dark place.

Usage Instructions

Using a spoon*, scoop out a tablespoon of exfoliator, and apply to your hands. Gently massage the skin (such as hands or all over the body) with the exfoliator for around 30 seconds. Rinse skin with water, dry with a towel**.

Notes

  • *Make sure water isn’t introduced into the mixture as this will cause mold growth and bacteria. Use a spoon to scoop out the mixture and close the jar before using.
  • **Drying with a towel after using the exfoliator will remove the excess oil from your hand but still leaves them soft and supple without feeling greasy.
  • This recipe makes enough exfoliating scrub to cover the entire body 2-3 times (to make a smaller batch, simply reduce this recipe by half). Due to the abrasive (exfoliator) nature of the sugar, I recommend using this scrub, on the whole body, no more than once a week. Especially if you have sensitive skin.

Aloe Vera And Green Tea Face Wash

This [iii]reduces skin inflammation, and is good for [iv]pimples, [v]wrinkles, [vi]dry skin and [vii]deep cleanses the blocked pores.

Yield: ~10.5 oz.

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Aloe Vera Gel
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 3 Tablespoon Safflower Oil
  • 2 Teaspoon Finely ground Loose-leaf Green Tea
  • 5-15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 4-5 Tablespoon Castile Soap

Instructions

  1. Combine the first five ingredients.
  2. Add Castile soap and mix until combined.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container.
  4. To use, wet your skin, apply face wash with clean hands by rubbing in small circles. Wash off with lukewarm water.
  5. Before each use lightly shake to re-emulsify the ingredients.

Notes

  • Wait to add castile soap until after you combine all other ingredients to avoid excessive bubbling from stirring.
  • We opted to strain our face wash before transferring into an airtight container, however this is optional.
  • Do not shake too intensely. This will cause excessive bubbling and foam to form in the bottle and some of the face wash may leak out of the container.
  • Do a patch test to make sure your skin does not react. The inner forearm is a great place to do a test since the skin is similar to facial skin.
  • Pregnant women, infants, and young children should avoid certain essential oils.
  • Keep the face wash container away from direct light.

Green Tea Toner

[viii]Toners can help [ix]close pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing, reducing the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin.

Green Tea Toner: Green Tea and Witch Hazel – Good for combination or dryer skin types.

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon of Loose-leaf Green Tea
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Witch Hazel

Recipe Instructions

  1. Boil ½ Cup of Water. Pour water over tea leaves and let steep for about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 3-ounce Bottle, add 1 Tbsp. of witch hazel.
  3. Once tea is steeped, pour tea into bottle with witch hazel through a strainer.

Usage Instructions

Using cotton balls or cotton rounds, apply to skin both morning & night after cleansing, follow with your usual skincare regimen. Toner should keep for about a month*.

Notes

  • You will have a small amount of extra tea so be careful not to over fill the bottle.
  • If you notice a change in scent, discard and make another batch.
  • You can refrigerate to help close your pores and add a cooling sensation into your skincare regimen.

Green Tea Toner: Green Tea and Vodka – Good for oily skin or spot treating acne.

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon of Loose-leaf Green Tea
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vodka

Recipe Instructions

  1. Boil ½ Cup of Water. Pour water over tea leaves steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 3-ounce Bottle, add 1 Tbsp. of vodka.
  3. After tea has steeped, pour into bottle with vodka through a strainer.

Usage Instructions

Using cotton balls or cotton rounds, apply to skin both morning & night after cleansing, follow with your usual skincare regimen. Toner should keep for about a month.

Notes

  • You will have a small amount of extra tea so be careful not to over fill the bottle.
  • If you notice a change in scent, discard and make another batch.
  • You can refrigerate to help close your pores and add a cooling sensation into your skincare regimen.

Recipe Creator and Writer: Hannah Michael-Bell


[i] https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/green-tea-face-mask#benefits

[ii] https://www.americanspa.com/skincare/how-caffeine-benefits-skin

[iii] https://www.healthline.com/health/lavender-oil-for-skin

[iv] https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/aloe-vera-for-face#side-effects

[v] https://www.healthline.com/health/honey-for-face#how-to-use

[vi] https://www.healthline.com/health/safflower-oil-for-skin

[vii] https://www.drbronner.com/all-one-blog/2019/01/dr-bronners-acne-prone-skin/

[viii] https://www.today.com/shop/6-reasons-why-you-should-use-facial-toner-t73941

[ix] https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/witch-hazel-benefits-uses#section9

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