Green tea and tea in general can improve your overall health and your skin’s overall appearance. In fact, it’s simply amazing how many beauty benefits are in such a simple ingredient. Green tea’s antioxidants are among the most potent in the world. Green, black, and oolong tea along with coffee, red grapes, kidney beans, prunes, and red wine contain large quantities of polyphenols, a class of bioflavonoids that have been shown to have anti-aging qualities. Additionally, one of the major catechins in green tea has been proven to be good for your skin.
While drinking green tea is obviously beneficial to your skin, you don’t have to drink it to see all the beauty benefits. Let’s take a closer look.
1. Soothe sunburn
Was your SPF not high enough? Did you forget to reapply? Or maybe you missed a spot entirely. While we all know the importance of high SPF broad spectrum sunblock, sometimes we fall short. In those cases, cold compresses made with tea bags (any kind, not just green tea) can relieve pain and reduce skin redness.
2. Treat bug bites
A cool compress of green tea bags can soothe a bug bite in the same way that it soothes a sunburn. Steep the teabag and then put it in the refrigerator. Chamomile tea bags also work well for bug bites too.
3. Spritz on dry skin
Spritzing cool green tea onto dry skin twice daily can help draw out impurities and maintain your skin’s healthy glow. Or if you’ve lost that healthy glow, it can help bring it back.
4. Use in a moisturizer
Green tea is also a great ingredient in topical moisturizers. It not only serves as an anti-inflammatory, but its high antioxidant content works to naturally keep your skin from aging.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.