Green tea has been a part of Chinese and Japanese cultures for thousands of years. From the sacred matcha tea ceremony to traditional Chinese medicine rituals, this ancient beverage has long been renowned for its delicate flavor and myriad wellness benefits.
Tea polyphenols, called catechins, account for roughly 30% of the weight of green tea. Catechins are natural antioxidants which are believed to protect against free radicals—one of the leading culprits of aging and disease.*
Citizens may further enhance their wellness practice by incorporating green tea into their beauty routine or self-care ritual. The antioxidants, vitamins and caffeine found in green tea are believed to smooth, soften and stimulate skin and hair for a vibrant complexion.*
Asian beauty companies have been using green tea in skincare products for decades, and western cultures are now adopting the ingredient for use in lotions, serums, toners and other treatments. Save money and reduce waste with these DIY beauty recipes using green tea.
Matcha Green Tea Face Mask
Preparing a soothing green tea face mask at home is easy. Matcha powder works best, but you may also cut open a tea bag and use the pieces of leaves inside.
Simply combine one tablespoon of matcha green tea powder with a teaspoon of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. If the mixture is too thick, add a small amount of water until you reach the desired consistency.
After applying the face mask, close your eyes and allow your body to relax. You may choose to listen to calming music, light a scented candle or sip green tea as part of this beauty ritual.
Notice how you feel during and after the treatment. This combination of ingredients should give your complexion a healthy glow, while leaving your skin feeling soft and soothed.
Green Tea Under-Eye Treatment
Do you suffer from under-eye puffiness in the morning? Banish bags and dark circles with this quick fix: a depuffing treatment using green tea bags.
First, steep two green tea bags; you may choose to prepare two separate cups, or one extra-strong cup. While you sip your green tea, wait for the tea bags to cool. Then place the bags over your eye area and let sit for at least five minutes.
The caffeine content in the green tea may help to shrink puffiness and brighten skin under the eyes. Zero waste, and an instantly refreshed look!
Green Tea Body Scrub
Exfoliation is recommended as one of the keys to youthful, glowing skin. By preparing a simple sugar scrub with the addition of green tea, you can soothe your skin and reduce redness while you exfoliate.
Simply cut open two green tea bags (you may use bags that have already been steeped) and mix the contents with one cup of sugar, half a cup of coconut oil, and a tablespoon of honey. Stir thoroughly, and store the mixture in an airtight container such as a glass jar.
This green tea body scrub can be used in the shower to slough away rough, dry skin on the heels, knees, elbows and other parts of the body. Rinse well and repeat as often as needed.
Green Tea Hair Rinse
For hair that is effortlessly shiny and soft, try rinsing your hair with steeped green tea at the very end of your shower. Many of the vitamins found in green tea—including vitamins B, E and C—are believed to maintain collagen production and help to hydrate skin and hair.*
Gently massage the green tea rinse through your hair, starting with your scalp and working your way down to the ends. Let sit for around 10 minutes, then rinse with fresh clean water. For additional smoothness and vibrancy, combine green tea with coconut oil and use the mixture as a nourishing hair mask.
If you have been feeling stressed and overworked, a little bit of self care and pampering may be just what you need to feel rejuvenated. We invite every Citizen to slow down and indulge in the joy of these DIY green tea beauty recipes.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.