Green tea is a very popular term among the people who are concerning much about their health as well as beauty. But people use green tea mostly to lose weight, and only a few people know the influence of green tea for beauty.
Green tea is obtained from the plant Camellia sinensis plant, and green tea means a very valuable medicine which has used since ancient times. Green tea has the ability to boost brain function, promote the loss of weight etc.
There are lots of therapeutic properties in green tea, and from this article, you will be able to know about the influence of green tea for your skin health and the way of preparing a face mask using green tea.
A valuable benefit that we can obtain from green tea is that it protects our skin from cancer. How can it fight against cancer? Green tea contains strong anti-oxidant substances, namely polyphenols and six types of catechins including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and epicatechin gallate (ECG) and these two compounds carry the most potency of anti-oxidants.
Anti-oxidants are a kind of molecules which can fight against free radicals in the body, and free radicals are a kind of compounds which badly affect our health. These radicals destroy body cells and lead to different types of diseases, including cancer.
The anti-oxidant EGCG has the ability to repair DNA damages caused by ultraviolet rays releasing by the sun. So this is very helpful to protect our skin from non-melanoma skin cancer.
Another use of green tea is that it fights for premature ageing. Among the compounds found in green tea, anti-oxidant EGCG has the ability to rejuvenate dying skin cells and make your dull skin look so healthier. Other than EGCG, there are vitamins in green tea, especially vitamin B plays a big role to keep your skin look younger and vitamin B has the ability to maintain collagen levels and it improves the firmness of your skin.
Green tea has the ability to reduce redness and irritation of the skin as well as treating acne. Green tea contains a high amount of polyphenols. So it has anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help to reduce irritations, redness and swelling on the skin. By applying green tea on your skin can soothe minor cut and patches due to sunburn.
These anti-inflammatory properties can heal even the irritation and itching caused due to psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea and help to heal keloids. Other than the above, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of green tea is an effective medicine to heal acne and to control excess production of oil. Because the polyphenols in green tea helps to reduce the secretion of sebum in the skin which leads to forming acne, and these poly-phenols fight with bacteria and minimize the growth of bacteria on the skin which cause acne.
We can use green tea as a moisturizer. Vitamin E, which contains in green tea, is the reason for this moisturizing ability, and it nourish and hydrate the skin as well as minimize the roughness of the skin.
When considering the above facts, it is much more advantageous if we can use a face mask of green tea. So let’s have a look at how we can prepare the green tea mask. For the face mask you need;
1 tbsp. of green tea
1 tbsp. Of baking soda
1 tbsp. of honey
A mixing bowl
A measuring spoon
Take a cup of hot water and soak the green tea bag in it and leave it for an hour. Then take the teabag out and leave it to cool down. After that separated the tea leaves and put them to the bowl. Then add the other ingredients separately and mix it thoroughly. If the paste is too thick, add few drops of water.
Now your face mask is ready. Before applying the face mask massage your face with a warm towel. After that, apply the mask evenly on your face and leave it for about 15 minutes. Then gently massage your face and clean using a suitable cleanser. It is better if you can use the face mask 2-3 times a week. If you want you can use sugar, ½ tsp of lemon juice, green tea powder instead of baking soda, honey and green tea leaves respectively. It is better to do a patch test if you are doing this for the first time.