Every person who’s into healthy and fitness asa ‘fitness freak’ obsess over this supposedly miraculous drink called green tea. It is supposed to enhance digestion, help in weight loss, reduce the chances of bacterial infections etc. It’s even recommended by diet specialists for a healthy lifestyle. In our quest to nullify the effect of junk food, frizzy drinks and alcohol most of us have taken to the habit of drinking a few cups of green tea. If you’re not among these people then you should really start, its supposed to be great in all aspects – healthy as well as beauty wise.
Since I am promoting green tea as something everyone should start – yes even those of you who hate tea – I might as well mention the reasons its so great. And no, I am not going to give you the usual reasons like a healthy life and cleaner blood. Since most of us are so beauty and body obsessed, I decided to give this a different outlook by giving you its ‘beautiful’ advantages (yes,pun intended).
Green tea helps flush out toxins from our body and thus soothes the complexion. Green tea contains anti-bacterial agents that suppress acne-causing agents. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the redness and inflammation brought about by zits. Here’s the anti acne mask I recommend : Make a green tea mask using 1 tablespoon of powdered green tea, one egg and 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply this on your face for 30 minutes and wash off.
It’s also a great facial scrub! Green tea removes dirt and impurtires.The slightly abrasive texture of dry green tea leaves acts as a great exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and get rid of pollutants. Face pack : Min one tablespoon of green tea leaves with one tablespoon of honey and apply this on your face for 10 minutes.
Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories. That’s the reason its recommended by most diet specialists and fitness trainers. This way it helps in digestion and thus weight loss. It’s time to make all your friends wonder how you manage to stay so thin despite all the food you hog 😉
EGCG is a potent plant nutrient found in green tea, thus green tea keeps energy stable by balancing blood sugar levels. EGCG improves insulin use in the body to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes that can result in fatigue, irritability, and cravings for unhealthy food. This way it enhances weight loss and exhaustion.
Add green tea to your facial cleaners to make your face look fresher and brighter. Run the tea bag under warm water, open the contents and add them to your facial cleaner. Apply this white mixture to your face – while you lie on the bed for 5 minutes to pass time as well as catch up on beauty sleep – and wash it off. It’ll leave you looking totally clean and clear!
Once you’ve had your cup of green tea, use that tea bag and rub it all over your face – please make sure it isn’t too hot, I don’t want to be sued for brunt faces. Leave this on for 5 minutes and then apply yoghurt on your face for 10 minutes and wash it off. This leaves your face feeling fresher and cooler, also its much healthier than a face pack or any face wash.
Worried about dark circles and puffy eyes? Chill a cup of green tea in the refrigerator then dip 2 cotton balls in the cool tea and place them on your closed eyelids. Sit back and relax for 10-15 minutes (plus in some good music or listen to your bff complain about her love life while you wait). As an alternative, you can swap the cotton balls for the chilled used tea bags. Green tea contains vitamin K which helps fight dark circles and puffyness.
Ever wondered if you have bad breath? Use green tea to prevent bad breath and leave your mouth feeling fresh and kiss ready. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 4 tablespoons of green tea and allow them to infuse for at least 30 minutes. Then strain out the leaves and make a paste using this liquid and one teaspoon of baking soda. Use this paste to brush your teeth instead of your regular toothpaste. The fluorides in green tea help prevent mouth odor and plague.
Green tea helps make hair strong and shiny! It’s a natural remedy for dandruff as well as dry hair. Steep 3-4 green tea bags in 1 liter of boiling water for about an hour. Let it cool and use the liquid as a final rinse after you’ve shampooed and conditioned. Since green tea has high levels of vitamin E and vitamin C (which are usually used in hair conditioners) it’s great to improve your hair texture.
Well now that I discovered various uses of green tea apart from the usual ones here’s hoping green tea becomes a part of your daily diet as well as your daily use items. It gave me great results and I hope these remedies help you out too. Happy testing!