Okay, call me green tea obsessed guys! Because I start my morning with a nice cup of green tea right after my cumin water and crave during midday matcha for a quick pick-me-up. But today, I am talking about applying this wholesome ingredient topically to our skin. This ingredient got attention as many beauty brands came up with multiple products. Even my “Green-Beauty Co” (Formerly known as Glow & Green Skincare) also carries a green tea mask in the collection. When it comes to Green tea, for me, it’s time to go back to basics. It is a well-known ingredient for centuries in Asian culture. So, let’s talk about green tea, its benefits, and make some changes to our skin regimen.
What is Green Tea?
Green tea is a botanical-derived dried particle coming from the leaves and buds of the tea plant called Camellia sinensis. Typically, green tea leaves used in tea and beauty products have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process as oolong teas and black teas. Green tea originated in China, but its production and manufacture have spread to other East Asia countries. (Wikipedia)
I called green tea a wonder ingredient because it contains polyphenols as an active ingredient. This substance in green tea helps in reducing inflammation, fight against free radicals, and reduces wrinkles. Green tea is excellent when it comes to gut health and detoxing your body. That’s why I just love green tea inside my body and outside as well. When it applies topically, green tea doesn’t get partial about any particular skin type. It’s suitable for all skin types. Unless your skin is hypersensitive, and you have a reaction to everything you put on your skin.
Benefits of Green Tea for Skin
When I was studying Formula Botanica, I researched green tea a lot. Initially, for the final exam, I wanted to make something anti-aging. I wanted to make something on even skin tone. Surprisingly, cosmetic chemists and research studies have studied green tea as a treatment for several skin conditions. That makes me realized that green tea is multifaceted in nature.
Green tea as an Antioxidant:
We all live in a polluted world. UV radiations, pollutions are the main culprits for free radicals’ damage to our skin. That’s why antioxidant like green tea gives protection against all of it. This ingredient can fight against DNA damage that happens inside the skin cells and repair it carefully.
Green tea as an anti-aging agent:
We all know, anti-aging treatment is necessary to overcome hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. Sun Damage is another cause to see aging. Green tea can be a great problem solver when it comes to anti-aging treatment.
Green tea to cure inflammation on the skin:
Green tea soothes the skin’s texture. If you are dealing with redness, puffiness around the eyes, green tea can be helpful.
To get all the benefits of green tea, I always make green tea shots or extracts for all my beauty products. In that way, green tea can be more effective. Those shots are easy to make, and you can quickly freeze those shots for later use.
How to make Green Tea Shots?
Shots are always associated with alcohol. But here, I am talking about water shots. It’s a mix of equal parts vinegar, water, and green tea that’s finished off with a splash of Vitamin E. The green tea shot feels like extract, which needs to be shaken well before every use it. This shot is used topically only. I wouldn’t recommend using it in your food.
1/3 cup White Vinegar
1/3. Distilled Water
3 Green Tea Leaves bags
Vitamin E (Optional)
First, dissolves 3 green tea leaves bags into hot distilled water. Make a strong tea. Make sure you squeeze all the juices from all green tea leaves bags. Add vinegar and add Vitamin E if you would like to make this green tea shot more moisturizing.
Use this shot as a hair mist, facial toner, or making a lotion.
Matcha Green Tea Recipe:
1 tsp. Green Tea Matcha Powder
1 tbsp. Warm Water
Sugar as per test.
¾ cup any nut milk (I love cashew milk with this one)
First, add green tea matcha powder, sugar, and warm water into the cup. Now using a milk frother, forth it appropriately for 2 minutes.
Now slowly, start adding nut milk from the side and keep frothing the tea. Get the desired consistency and enjoy the sip!
Green Tea Toner
2-3 Green Tea Bags
1/3 cup Aloe Vera Juice
1 tbsp. Glycerine
2/3 cup Water
20 Drops of Tea Tree Oil
First, make 2/3 cup of green tea using green tea bags and 2/3 cup of water. I used distilled water for a longer shelflife. Now, add 1/3 cup of Aloe Vera Juice inside the green tea toner.
Add Glycerine and tea tree oil at the end. Glycerine will give much-needed hydration.
Store this toner in the refrigerator. This toner will stay good for a week once it’s stored in the fridge.
Green Tea Foot Salve
3 tbsp. Green Tea Leaves
2 Oz. Unrefined and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Add both ingredients inside a heat-protected cup. Now using Brain-Marie or double-boiler, infuse this mixture for 3-4 hours in slow heat. Filter all the green tea leaves. Once you see that it is now starting to get solid, whip it for 2-3 minutes using a milk frother. Put it inside the refrigerator for 10 minutes and enjoy this salve on cracked feet.