Found in many anti-aging and skin lightening cosmetics, polyphenols contain anti-wrinkle and melanogenic properties that help to reverse aging skin and lighten skin-damaged dark spots.
Another powerful ingredient in green tea is flavonoids which promote healthy and glowing skin. Sipped or used topically, green tea can make a difference in the aging process if used properly.
Here are some other topical uses for green tea:
Face cleanser – Throw out all of your pimple creams and face cleansers in favor of a green tea cleanser. Simply soak a green tea bag in hot water for about ten seconds. Then, cut open the tea bag and add the wet tea leaves to a dab of your regular face cleanser.
Massage into your face for about five minutes and then rinse. Those “magic” polyphenols in the tea will boost your blood circulation, fight acne and keep your skin glowing.
Face mask – Mix and heat 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon honey in the microwave for 30 seconds. Cut open a green tea bag and add the leaves to the mixture. Heat again in the microwave for 30 seconds. Mix until well blended.
Apply to your face while warm (not hot) and gently massage it into your skin for 5 or 6 minutes. Wash off the mask by soaking a cloth in hot water. Squeeze the water out and lay it on your face for 5 to 7 minutes. The mixture can then be removed easily with the cloth. Finish washing your face with water and gently pat it dry.
Steam treatment – A good facial usually consists of steam to the face to loosen pores and release toxins. You can add green tea to water you use for a steam facial for a quick and easy way that your skin can absorb the valuable polyphenols and flavonoids.
Sunburn relief – Green tea is excellent to relieve the pain of sunburn. Simply brew the green tea and let it cool. Then, dip a cloth into the tea and apply it gently to the burned area. Placing the cloth on your face during times when working outdoors tends to have a cooling effect.
Incorporating green tea into your daily routine by drinking or using in your beauty regimen on a regular basis is a pleasant and inexpensive way to reverse the aging process and prevent wrinkles.