Hello! My name is Ines, I am very thankful for the opportunity to write a guest post on
Haley's blog! If you are looking for new things to add to your skin care routine or if you
would just like to try something new, then this post is for you! In this blog post I will be
You might be asking yourself, how can any tea help my skin? I thought the same thing
when I heard about Green Tea Masks and Black Tea Masks the first time! If you look up razor bumps and scars on YouTube, most videos you'll find are either talking about laser scar removal or about a product collaboration. It's hard to find useful information, when no one wants to talk about those problems; which are more common than you think. We all had acne, we all had or still have some form of discoloration or scars left on our body and no matter which cream, moisturizer or scrub we use, they never go away completely, right?
Now, I've personally tried all of the masks I will be talking about in this blog, they
have helped my skin a lot so I thought I could share the information with others. However, I
can not claim that these masks will get rid of your scars and bumps completely, but they can
definitely help minimize them. At the end of the day, it doesn't hurt to try! But, before we talk about how you can make the different masks, why don't we discuss the different benefits
green and black tea have and how they can help make your skin glow! If you have sensitive
skin I would advise you consult your dermatologist before trying any of these, you may be
allergic to certain compounds.
Green tea is a form of tea that is made from leaves of Camellia Sinensis and buds that
teas go through. The origin country of Green tea is China, but the production and
manufacturing of Green tea has since spread to many other countries in East Asia.
There are various types of green tea, they differ from each other based on the variety
of Camallia Sinensis used, conditions in which the plant grows, horticultural methods,
processing and time of harvest. Every type of green tea has a wide range of therapeutic
properties that can benefit your skin in many different ways.
These are some of the most important benefits:
found in green tea, according to a 2010 study Trusted Source, some believe that green tea
can help protect against various damages because all of those compounds listed above
the ability to fight compounds that can harm your health, body and skin if the compounds’
levels get to high. Ultimately, that way they can cause cellular damage, and have been
linked to many diseases, including cancer.
2. Fights premature aging – in a study from 2003 it was explained that the antioxidant EGCG,
which can be found in green tea, has the ability to rejuvenate dying skin cells. By repairing
the cells, this particular antioxidant can fight signs of aging and make dull, glowless skin look
healthier. There are many vitamins in green tea as well, especially vitamin B-2 which can also
help make your skin look more youthful.
3. Reduces redness and irritation - anti-inflammatory properties found in green tea can also
help reduce skin irritation, redness, it is said green tea can also soothe sunburn and minor cuts as well.
4. Treats acne - According to research Trusted Source , the polyphenols in green tea can help reduce sebum secretion, which sometimes leads to acne.
5. Moisturizes skin – as previously mentioned, green tea contains several vitamins, including
vitamin E, which is very well known for its ability to nourish and hydrate the skin. In one
study Trusted Source, participants applied an experimental formulation of green tea extract to their forearm for 15 and 30 days. At the end of the study, the researchers found that the
participants had increased skin moisture and a reduction in skin roughness.
Much like green tea, black tea
can be very beneficial for your skin.
Black tea is a form of tea that is more
oxidized compared to other teas like
white, green and oolong teas. If you’ve
ever drank black tea, then you know it’s
flavor is much stronger than most herbal
teas. Though it is more oxidized, black
tea is also made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. Black tea was discovered in China, and
was called “red tea” because of the color of the leaves when oxidized correctly and
appropriately. While green tea usually loses its flavor within a year, black tea retains its flavor
for up to several years.
Can Black tea can help you get a healthy skin too? Absolutely! There are many
benefits that come from using black tea, like fighting blemishes and skin infections, puffiness, skin rejuvenation etc.
Here are some of the benefits explained:
1. Prevents skin infections – microbial colonization is the most common cause of many skin
infections. Flavonoids and catechins found in tea can help prevent those skin infections. If
you suffer from a skin infection more often than you’d like, apart from using medicines
you could try drinking black tea as well!
2. Reduces Puffiness - Under eye bags is something many people struggle with. They
make us look tired and can also cause premature wrinkles. If this is something you
struggle with, try using black tea bags or dipping cotton pads in cold black tea, then place
it under your eye for about 20 minutes. If you repeat this process every day, you will be
able to see a change in just a matter of weeks
3. Reducing blemishes - blemishes are also a very common struggle. Since we’re talking
about skin, it would be best to try and use herbs to treat blemishes instead of harsh
chemicals as those can more often make the problem worse. Scientists have found that
black tea has a skin whitening effect, moreover that black tea has antioxidant properties,
which can help get rid of toxins that cause blemishes in the first place.
Black and Green Tea in Skincare
Now you might be thinking, Yeah all of that sounds great, but how do I actually use them in
my skin care routine?, well we're going to talk about that next! You can definitely try just
drinking these teas on a daily basis, no doubt your body will thank you, but I've found that
using using the tea liquid as well as making a mask and applying it on my skin is much more
Here are some of my favorite ways to use these teas:
Green Tea and Honey Face Mask
What you will need:
- 2 bags of Green Tea
- 2 tea spoons pure honey
- 2 tea spoons of hot water
It's going to be a bit messy since the honey will drip, if you don't like that then use one/two
more tea bags. Find a small bowl or cup you want to mix the mask in. Take the two bags of green tea and cut them open. Put the tea leaves that were in the bags, into your bowl/cup. After that, add two tea spoons of hot water. If you are using a bowl you can put the lid on and leave it to cool for 5-10 minutes, if you are using a cup then just set it aside to cool off in room temperature. Then, add two teaspoons of honey and mix everything well. After you mix all of the ingredients you need to let it sit for at least 2 hours, 5 hours most. When the mixture has set for those couple of hours, you can now go ahead and apply it to your face. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour, then wash it off. If you do this every day, you will see a big difference in a week or two!
Green Tea Face Toner
What you will need:
- 2 green tea bags
- 1 cup of hot water
Take a bowl and fill it with hot water. Add your two tea bags into the water and wait for the
water to absorb the green tea (Let them steep for 5-7 minutes). Remove the tea bags (you can put them on your under eye area before throwing them away if you want). Take a few cotton pads and dip them into the green tea water (do it quickly so that the cotton pads don't absorb too much water and fall apart). Refrigerate the cotton pads for about 5-10 minutes before using them for a cooling effect. Use it twice daily after washing and cleaning your face for best results. No need to wash your face after applying it.
Matcha Green Tea Yogurt Mask
What you will need:
- 1 tea spoon of matcha green tea powder
- 1-2 tea spoons of yogurt (I use greek yogurt, plain un-sweetened yogurt works best)
- one tea spoon of pure honey
Mix the three ingredients together and apply to skin. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes at
least, then wash it off. Voila, you're done! If you don't have matcha green tea powder, you can also use the green tea leaves from the tea bags, the results wont be as effective though.
Black Tea Mask
What you will need:
- 1 bag of black tea
- half a cup of hot water
- 2 table spoons of honey
Just like the green tea mask, the process of making this one is very similar. Pour hot water
into your cup and add the black tea bag, wait for it to steep. After about 5-10 minutes, cut the tea bag open and add the tea leaves into the water. Add the two table spoons of honey and mix well. You can then apply the mixture on your face and leave it there for about 30 minutes before you wash it off. It's best to use this mask once a day or once every two days.
And there you have it guys, those are the four ways I use green and black tea in my every day
life! I hope you found this blog post useful! If you use these masks, let me know!
My instagram is @ines.gre hopefully I will have my own blog up and running soon, so if
you'd like to stay in touch check out my Instagram, I would love to talk to you guys!
Have a wonderful day! xoxo Ines
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