I’m a strong believer that there is hardly anything better than a hot cup of tea. A cup of tea can be the perfect start to the morning, or perfect way to end a hectic day. It can soothe a sore throat, or just be the perfect way to quench your thirst. But, there are other uses for tea that many often aren’t aware of. Tea, specifically loose leaf tea, can be used for multi purposes, especially beauty hacks. Many of these hacks are skincare or haircare related, and are equipped to revive and rejuvenate one’s overall appearance.
Here are five beauty hacks using tea:
Steam Facial: One of the most relaxing skincare beauty regimes is to give yourself a steam facial using tea. A great option of tea to use for a steam facial is green tea due to its detoxifying and relaxing elements. An example of an excellent green tea is the “After Partea”tea. First, add around a tablespoon of the tea leaves to boiling water, and allow it time to soak. The longer you let it soak, the stronger the facial and overall scent will be. After letting the tea leaves diffuse, soak a clean washcloth in the tea and water mixture. Place the washcloth on your face and let it sit for five to ten minutes. If the heat starts to leave the washcloth, soak it again for a more effective result. After taking off the washcloth, your skin will feel hydrated and refreshed!
Eye Soak: Another great tea beauty hack is an eye soak. This is another regime that is refreshing, while being a relaxing treatment. Use a green tea, like “Crime of Passion” tea, due to its reviving elements, and energizing qualities. This hack is fairly simple- Place a teaspoon or two of the tea leaves into a cloth baggy with about a tablespoon of water. Place the two tea infused bags into the freezer and let them sit for around five minutes, or until the bags are cooled. Place the tea infused bags on you eyes and let them sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Say goodbye to puffy, dark under eyes!
Cleanser- For more of a cleansing treatment, and less of a relaxation treatment, create a cleanser out of loose leaf tea. A green tea can be used like the previous hacks, as it is light and effective, without overpowering the positive attributes of your skin. A great option would be the“Shake It Off” tea, as it is energizing, but not too overbearing. To create the mask only two resources are needed- loose leaf green tea and honey. Just add water to the tea leaves, and let it sit until a medium strength. Then add a tablespoon or two of honey, to add some substance. Massage this mixture over your face, and allow it to sit for a few minutes for optimal results. Rinse off your skin and pat dry with a clean towel. Enjoy your replenished, cleansed skin!
Toner: Another beauty hack that will get rid of bad toxins in the skin while still cleansing is to create a toner out of loose leaf tea. A stronger tea, like black tea, should be used for more visible results. Black tea is known to reduce oiliness and even out the skin tone. Black tea is also known for its antioxidants, which help protect and repair the skin from any damage. A great option would be to use the “Maple Sugar Shack”tea. For toner, simply seep some black tea leaves in hot water, and wipe it over the face with a paper towel or cotton ball. Just make sure to hit the primarily oily parts of the face, like the nose and forehead. Watch and see how your skin will become less oily and more flawless!
Hair Health- The last beauty hack using tea isn’t targeted towards your skin, but your hair instead! Tea can work wonders for hair, on top of all of its other wonderful attributes. Tea, specifically oolong tea, is known to be beneficial for hair. It can soften hair, while adding silkiness and shine, but don’t worry, it doesn’t make your hair look greasy! For healthy hair using tea, just add some oolong tea leaves, such as the “Orange Creamsicle” tea, add it to hot water, and run it through the hair. Focus primarily on the ends, as they tend to be the driest, most damaged area of your tresses. For the most effective results, allow the tea to soak into the hair before rinsing it out. Continue to do this same process once a week, and the results will be even better than what was expected!
I hope you’ve been inspired by these five beauty hacks, and take the initiative to try them out… It won’t be a matter of time before any one of these hacks do wonders for your skin and hair!
Author Bio: Jordan is a writer forBeautifully Alive. She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She's always down for a DIY project!