Green tea is considered to be one of the best natural detoxifiers in the world. Traditionally used in China and India for medicinal purposes, its powerful properties have made it a popular item. Drinking the brew can have many benefits to our health but it can also be used for organic skincare and haircare. Apart from weight loss, reducing the risk of heart disease, lowering cholesterol, there are other benefits too – here are some clever, organic beauty hacks that will change your make up and hair routine!

Benefits of green tea

Aside from consuming it, incorporating the brew into your beauty routine is found to have many benefits for the skin and hair – and it’s all organic!

  • reduces redness
  • treats oily skin
  • prevent aging, spots, and fine lines on the skin
  • renews skin cells
  • stimulate hair growth
  • rich in antioxidants that combat harmful free-radicals

Because of these organic properties, green tea is a popular ingredient in many cosmetic and skin care products. So here are 6 ways you can harness the organic power of this wonderful brew:

Cup of green tea

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Green tea bag face scrub

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • small bowl

This gentle organic face scrub is great for buffing away dead skin cells, brightening the skin, and unclogging congested pores. Green tea is packed full of antioxidants that detox the skin and prevent damage from pollution and stress. Honey is amazing for problematic skin and will hydrate it while soothing acne. So next time you brew yourself a cuppa, don’t throw away your tea bag. Use the leaves as an exfoliant!

Take your tea bag and brew it in hot water for at least one minute. Remove it from the hot water and let cool. After cooling, rip off the top and pour the brewed leaves into a small bowl. Add the honey and mix.

To apply the scrub, scoop a small amount and massage onto clean, damp skin for one minute. Let the mask settle for 5 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. That’s easy organic skincare for you!

Optional:

Add a teaspoon of rice flour to the scrub to help fade acne scars and dark spots. Rice flour has whitening properties and is helpful in treating acne and oily skin.

Green tea leaves

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Sunburn Treatment

  • 1 cup brewed green tea
  • cloth

Apply a cooled cloth soaked in brewed green tea directly on the skin to soothe sunburn and prevent skin cancer in the long run! A great organic skincare trick!

diy tanning lotion

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Natural eye treatment

  • 2 green tea bags
  • small plate

An inexpensive, effective method for treating puffiness and dark circles is by simply using tea bags. Stress from work and lack of sleep can strain the skin around the eyes, causing it to appear dull and puffy. By applying the bags onto your eyes, they can help shrink the swelling and reduce fluid retention around the eyes. The natural caffeine found in green tea reduces swelling and puffiness and eliminates dark circles. Tannins, which give the tea its natural color, constrict the blood vessels around the eyes while soothing the skin. Applying this method regularly will improve the condition of the skin around your eyes while allowing you to relax and de-stress.

Take your green tea bags and steep in hot water for 1-3 minutes. Remove the bags and place on a small plate or container of choice. Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until the bags feel chilled. If the bags feel dry, add a few drops of water. Place them on your eyes for 10-15 minutes and remove. Voila, the easy organic skincare solution will have worked a miracle.

Green tea & chia seed face mask

  • 2 cups brewed green tea
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 teaspoons honey

This moisturizing and invigorating facial mask will leave your skin feeling soft and supple. Chia seeds are also packed full of wonders for the skin. Chia seeds are full of calcium, fiber, and omega 3-fatty acids that will hydrate the skin while preventing inflammation and pimples. A combination of the powerful antioxidants of green tea with the nutritional benefits of chia seeds will help you get the most benefits inside and out. The best part, you can also enjoy this as a refreshing summer drink!

Brew the green tea and let cool for at least 10 minutes. Once cool, add your chia seeds and let the mixture sit until it thickens. Add the honey and stir.

Using clean hands, gently apply the mask onto your face and let it sit on your skin for 10-15 minutes. Gently massage the mask in circular motions and rinse off with lukewarm water.

apple cider vinegar toner

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Green tea hair mask

  • 1-2 green tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

For shiny, soft healthy hair, this mask will do wonders for the hair and scalp. Honey is also loaded with medicinal agents that keep the scalp healthy and boost hair growth. The coconut oil will help prevent hair breakage and split ends, strengthening the hair follicles while reducing build up. Your hair will shine and feel as healthy as ever.

Brew the green tea and let cool. Add your honey and coconut oil and mix well. Massage the mixture into the scalp and hair and let rest for 30 minutes and rinse off.

coconut oil hair mask

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Homemade skin toner

  • 2 green tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera water
  • cotton pads
  • container of choice

Instead of purchasing a toner filled with chemicals that can harm the skin, try an all-natural organic alternative that is easy and inexpensive to create. The antioxidant-rich green tea will help remove any toxins and impurities while reducing inflammation and redness. The aloe vera has a soothing effect while providing light moisture. Truly a refreshing experience after a long, tiring day.

Brew the green tea for 3-5 minutes and let cool. Add the aloe vera into the brew and mix well. Pour the contents into an airtight container. Apply onto clean, dry skin using a cotton pad and follow with your regular skincare routine.

Loose green tea leaves

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