Unfortunately, cold weather and dry skin go hand in hand. Drinking tea is a great way to keep your skin hydrated, but did you know that tea can be applied directly on the skin? Here are some easy ways you can use tea leaves and tea sachets topically to reap the benefits on your skin.
Gentle exfoliating scrub
Cut open a used tea sachet and allow the tea leaves to dry. Then mix with a little bit of water or honey to create a homemade exfoliating scrub. Tea leaves are much more gentle on the skin than typical store bought scrubs. Tea leaves are also antimicrobial and full of antioxidants which can help brighten your skin and reduce acne.
Nourishing DIY face mask
Once you're done using a tea sachet, blend the tea leaves with some water to make a paste. You can also add lemon, honey, or yogurt depending on your skin type. Apply the tea face mask onto your skin and leave for 15mins before washing off with warm water. Your skin will look and feel radiant from absorbing the antioxidants naturally found in tea leaves.
Energizing eye de-puffer
The caffeine in tea can help alleviate under-eye puffiness and eye bags by restricting the blood vessels under the eyes. Instead of throwing out your used tea sachets, throw them in the freezer. The cooling effect of the chilled tea sachets will work with the benefits of the caffeine to leave your eyes looking refreshed and energized!
Moisturizing face mist and toner
Steep the tea leaves and store the cooled tea in a spray bottle to use it as a moisturizing face mist. Or use it as a toner by applying the tea onto your skin using a cotton pad. Both ways are effective for adding moisture and nutrients to your skin. The catechins in tea help to prevent and reduce skin damage.
Luxurious tea bath
Simply throw in a tea sachet or two into the bath tub and allow the tea leaves to steep. Then hop in and let your body soak up the benefits of tea. This is a luxurious way to apply tea to your skin. If you use fragrant tea like jasmine tea, you can also enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.
While drinking tea has numerous health benefits for the body and skin, applying tea directly can be a great way to take care of your skin. Get creative and try out the tips above to keep your skin hydrated and nourished during the colder months.