May 21, 2013
Antioxidant rich green tea, not only has has anti-aging properties but it also provides natural sun protection by blocking out UV rays, which is why it is an ingredient in many natural sun block products.
Green Tea Facial Scrub:
Ingredients:honey, olive oil, and powdered green tea
Combing the moisturizing qualities of honey with the antioxidants found in green tea in a warm olive oil base will give you smooth, glowing skin.
Combine about 1/2 tsp honey to 1 tsp olive oil in a small pan and slowly warm the mixture on the stove, on low heat. When the mixture is almost hot to the touch, like bath water, remove from heat and about ½ tsp powdered green tea leaves into the mixture. Stir.
Lightly touch the mixture to make sure it is not too hot to apply to your face. When the mixture is hot, but not so hot that it will be uncomfortable or burn your skin, apply it to your face, starting in the middle of your face, work outward in small, circular movements, which will improve circulation to your facial skin and give a healthy glow. Leave the mixture on your face for 10 - 15 minutes - shorter for oily skin. longer for dry skin.
Remove the mixture with a warm washcloth, which you let sit on the skin for about 20 seconds before removing the mask.
While your skin is still damp, apply a light layer of moisturizer to it, sealing in the moisturizing qualities of the facial treatment.
Green Tea Steam
Pre-make a cup of green tea and place in the refrigerator to cool (about 1 hour before you do the steam)
In a large bowl, place 1 teaspoon loose green tea.
Pour 2 cups of hot water with steam rising over tea. Take care that water is not too hot as to scald your skin.
Place your head over steam about 18" - 20" from steam with a towel over head. Allow face to steam for about 5 minutes for oily skin and 3 minutes for dry skin. Pat dry.
Get the cooled green tea from the refrigerator and splash it on as refreshing toner, which will close up the pores. Pat dry.