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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Green Tea for Beauty

Green tea is one of those super-foods everyone is (still) talking about, and I think that's lovely! Going on the theme of beauty foods that I posted about yesterday, green tea is one of my favourites. Not only is it yummy, green tea is apparently really good for you!

Things to do with Green Tea:

Honestly, part of the reason why green tea is so good for you is that it's a way to stay hydrated. I'm really bad about drinking plain water, but I can drink three cups of green tea in one sitting. I have no idea if that is actually good for me... but I'd like to believe it is.

Green tea does have antioxidants, which do wonderful things for the skin and body. I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on these whatsoever. If you believe the things on the Internet about scary toxins, then apparently green tea flushes those out of your system. If you're like me and you just believe it's good for you, then great. I personally have found that drinking green tea daily keeps my skin brighter, and it cheers me up.

There are loads of interesting recipes for using green tea as a hair rinse. Green tea is apparently good at making one's scalp less oily. I have tried this a couple of times, and it does appear to work. Wild Turmeric gives you the instructions on how to make a lovely hair rinse with lemon. I think it's one of the easiest recipes out there.

 I, however, am too lazy  for that and simply microwave water and a tea bag in a mug until I get bored (or it boils). I then stick an ice cube in it, wait around for it to cool, then pour it over my head after washing my hair. I do think it makes my hair less oily-- but since I don't have terribly oily hair, I only use it occasionally.

Okay, I can't vouch for scientific beauty benefits from this mask. I've made it exactly twice, and both times it made made my skin soft and bright.

2 tea bags of green tea
1 blob of plain yogurt
1 squirt of honey

Mix those things together, then apply evenly to face. Wait around until you run out of patience (about 10-20 minutes, or the end of your TV show), then rinse off. I do know yogurt is good for the skin thanks to all my Indian friends that swear by it, and honey is supposedly good at keeping acne away. I think the green tea does something. Or at least I hope it does. It also makes for a funny coloured face mask, and if anything, you can use it to exfoliate the face before fully removing the mask.

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