Green Tea Ice Cube (Skincare Routine)


Hey there! Just bringing to you another short blogpost on how you can pamper your skin using this really easy and affordable method!

Green Tea helps with inflammation, it also tones skin, hair and muscles.
It contains a high amount of antioxidants as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals like polyphenols. It also has B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, magnesium and caffeine.

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1. Improves Skin Complexion
Green tea improves your skin complexion and makes your skin healthy. It helps flush out toxins from the skin, heals blemishes and scars, and reduces inflammation. It even improves the skin’s elasticity.

2. Reduces Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
The antioxidants and tannins (an astringent) in green tea help treat puffy eyes as well as dark circles. They help shrink blood vessels underneath the delicate skin around the eyes. This in turn reduces swelling and puffiness.

In addition, the vitamin K in green tea helps lighten dark circles under the eyes.

Put 2 used green tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Place the cold tea bags on your closed eyelids.
Sit back and relax for 15 minutes.
Use this remedy twice daily until you are satisfied with the results.

3. Fights Aging Signs
Green tea has anti-aging and antioxidant benefits that can help delay signs of skin aging, such as sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.

The polyphenols in green tea help neutralize harmful free radicals, which can cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process.

In addition, it helps fight prevent skin cancer.

Mix 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon of ground green tea leaves and a little turmeric powder. Apply it on your face and neck. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Use this face mask once or twice a week.
Another option is to simply mix 1 teaspoon of Matcha green tea and a few drops of water to make a paste. If you have dry skin, add 1 teaspoon of Matcha green tea and ½ teaspoon each of extra-virgin coconut oil and warm water. Apply it on your face, leave it on until it dries completely, then rinse it off with warm water. Do this a few times a week.

4. Treats Acne and Pimples
The catechins in green tea are antibacterial agents that help fight acne-causing bacteria. Catechins even help regulate hormonal imbalances in the body, one of the key causes of acne.
In addition, anti-inflammatory property of green tea helps reduce the redness and inflammation brought about by acne.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology concluded that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a component in green tea, helps treat acne by modulating intracellular molecular targets and inhibiting p. acnes bacteria.

Mix ¼ cup each of freshly brewed green tea and water.
Use a cotton ball to apply this solution on the affected area.
Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.
Do this twice daily until you have acne-free skin.

5. Works as a Skin Toner
This popular beverage also works as a natural toner for your skin. It helps draw out impurities, reduce large pores and give your skin a nice healthy glow. It even helps keep your skin hydrated, which is essential for healthy skin.

Brew 2 cups of green tea and allow it to cool.
Add a few drops of any essential oil of your choice.
Put the solution in a clean spray bottle.
Spray the solution on your face or apply it with a cotton ball twice daily.
People with skin conditions, such as psoriasis and rosacea, can also use this solution.

6. Protects against Sun Damage
Green tea can even protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. The tannic acid, theobromine and polyphenols in green tea can help soothe and heal sunburned skin by neutralizing the damage from exposure to UV rays.

A 2011 study published in the Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications journal found that EGCG in green tea prevents a type of skin cancer called melanoma by inhibiting genes that activate inflammation.

Brew 2 to 3 cups of green tea and put it in the refrigerator for some time.
Soak a soft cloth in the tea and gently apply it to the sunburned areas.
Repeat 2 or 3 times a day to relieve pain and redness.

7. Shrinks Open Pores
Due to its antioxidant and astringent properties, green tea can help shrink enlarged pores that tend to get clogged and eventually get infected with bacteria. Thus, it will help smooth and tighten your skin.

Steep a cup of strong green tea and allow it to cool. Mix a few tablespoons of this tea in 2 tablespoons of bentonite clay or any cosmetic clay to make a paste. Spread this pore-tightening face mask on your face and allow it to dry completely. Gently scrub it off and rinse your face with warm water.
Also, drink a few cups of green tea daily to flush toxins out of your body.

8. Exfoliates Skin
Green tea and sugar scrub

The slight rough texture of dry green tea leaves helps exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities.

Mix together 1 tablespoon of dried green tea, 1 cup of sugar, ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil and 2 tablespoons of raw honey. Apply it on your face and/or body and gently rub it in circular motions. Finally, rinse it off with warm water. Use this facial scrub once or twice a week.
Another option is to brew 1 green tea bag in 1/3 cup of water. Allow it to cool. Put 1 tablespoon of this green tea into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of sugar to it. If the mixture seems runny, add more sugar. Use this mixture as an exfoliating skin scrub once or twice a week.

My take on this:
1. It did improve skin complexion.
2. It does reduce puffy eyes but I still have dark circles.
3. Fights aging signs, slight improvement on my under eye wrinkles.
4. It treats acne very well, effectively,
5. It's really very refreshing when you wash your face with green tea too. Your skin will feel supple and smooth afterwards.
6. It really makes your face feels firmer (pores shrinked)

Simply brew a cup of green tea and let it cool to room temperature.

If you are wondering what brand of tea u should buy - it doesn't matter. Any would do.

I prefer to make it into ice cubes and roll it over my face.  This is because I have really sensitive face so I always wash my face with cold water to soothe it. Also it makes my skin firmer.

Simply wrap a cube in a face towel, gently and slowly, moving in circular motions. It's really good trust me! I have been doing this for half a year and I wished I knew this tip earlier man :(

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