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DIY Green Tea Spa Day

Yes, Green tea is delicious. It’s a fantastic pick me up in the afternoon, a refreshing cold beverage on a hot day and a soothing warm drink that fights colds, aids in weight loss and just plain feels good. But today, I’m wanting to share with you some ideas of what to do with your green tea that does not involve drinking it. Green tea is so amazing, that you’ll want to put it all over your face!

Here is a list of fun DIY projects that you can make with your green tea found at Culteavo Tea Shop in Unionville, Connecticut. These beauty recipes include either freshly brewed tea or the tea leaves themselves. What a great way to treat yourself. They also make fantastic gifts. I feel a spa day coming on!

Toners –

A toner is a liquid that refreshes your skin, closes your pores and tightens up those wrinkles. It’s especially good on hot days or when you are feeling a little greasy.  No need to shell out for expensive water mists when you need a skin refresher. Just steep green tea leaves in room-temperature water for a couple hours, strain, grab a spray bottle and fill it up with your concoction. Spritz away whenever you need a little antioxidant-infused pick-me-up.

Cooling Toner: Take ¼ cup of brewed and cooled green tea, 2 Tbsp cucumber juice and 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel, blended thoroughly. Pour into a spray bottle and Keep it in the fridge. (Great for sun burns too!)

Simple Toner: Brew and cool a tea bag. Apply to the face. Voila! You can also mix it up with a proper cup of tea (green tea, brewed, then add lemon and honey). Apply with a cotton ball. Keep leftovers chilled in the refrigerator.

Masks –

A mask is a concoction that you put on your face, hair or body and let it do its magic. You often wait until it dries, then you wash it off. This pulls out toxins and oils. It also exfoliates, meaning that it helps your skin lose the micro skin cells that shed to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh, young and new. If you have dry skin, don’t leave the masks on too long. Just use it for its exfoliating properties, not for pulling out too much moisture.

Green Tea Face Masks: Scoop two tablespoons of beautiful loose leaf green tea into your dish and mix in a tablespoon of baking soda. Then, add a little olive oil. Rub it on your face and neck. Leave on the skin for up to 15 minutes. Then rinse off using a gentle soap.

Green Tea & Lemon Juice Toner Mask:  This is a mask with the antioxidants, acne-fighters and citric acid of a refreshing toner. Take two tablespoons of green tea, ½ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric. Mix well. Apply to your face with the help of a cotton ball. Leave on for up to 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Green Tea Breakfast Mask: Use three tablespoons of fresh, loose leaf green tea and mix with a teaspoon of your favorite night time deep moisturizer. Mix in 1 teaspoon of sugar, then about a tablespoon of warm water or warm brewed green tea. Mix well and then add one teaspoon of your favorite rolled oats.  Apply all over your face and let it dry, then rinse thoroughly.

Scrubs –

A scrub is a fun way to deep clean your skin. Not only does it feel fantastic, like a massage, a scrub also helps to exfoliate your skin. It gently rubs off dead skin cells and leaves your face and body super soft and fresh as a daisy. The addition of green tea to your beauty routine actually gives your skin a kind of “pick me up.” Just like caffeine aids in waking up your mind, it also wakes up your skin as well. Be sure to follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

Sugar & Cream Scrub: Steep two tablespoons of your favorite Culteavo green tea and then mix the used tea leaves with two tablespoons of your favorite lotion and one tablespoons of sugar. Apply to your skin by massaging in small circles. Rinse with warm water and then finish off with a bit more lotion. Just for fun, try using one of Culteavo’s sugar crystals. It adds a fun splash of color and it smells nice too!

Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub for your feet: Follow the above recipe, but instead of using sugar, choose coarse pink Himalayan sea salt. This is a bit more aggressive of a scrub because the salt is larger and will scrub a little bit harder. This scrub is especially good for getting your feet ready for sandal season.

Blemish fighter: Brew a cup of green tea and add 2 drops of tea tree and lavender oil. Pour mixture into an ice cube tray. Use one cube at a time by holding it on your pimple. Works wonders on bug bites and minor burns as well. You can also take the solution and pour it into a spray bottle for an acne-fighting toner.

Eyes: For days when exhaustion is written all over your face, ease under-eye puffiness by placing tea bags — which have been soaked in cold water — over your eye area for about 15 to 20 minutes; the chill will soothe eyes while the caffeine, which is often featured in de-puffing beauty products, may ease swelling.

Tooth Treatment: A 2009 study conducted at Kyushu University in Japan and published in the Journal of Periodontology found that people who sip green tea regularly have healthier gums and teeth than those who don’t. In addition to drinking down a daily cup, mix tea leaves and baking soda into a paste when you’re running low on toothpaste, and brush away.

 

Cindy Ingram

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