Instead of drinking diet sodas or coffee, most nutritionists will tell you to brew a cup of tea instead, since it’s packed with antioxidants. While drinking tea offers many benefits, using tea as a part of your beauty routine is a very good idea too. It does wonders for nails, teeth, hair, and skin.
Next time you make tea, make a little extra and use the extra tea to make one of these DIY beauty treatments.
① DIY Tea Face Mask
Make your favorite DIY, natural face mask and add some green or white tea powder to the mask. You can find the powder at most health food stores. Both types of tea can help to prevent elastin and collagen from breaking down in your skin cells.
Another idea is to mix some of the tea powder with a bit of water, making a paste. Use the mixture as a mask on skin. It will wake skin up, exfoliate skin and leave skin smooth and radiant when you’re done.
Read my post here for the face mask.
② Easy Tea Face Spritzer
Don’t spend $40 on a facial spritzer for skin. To refresh skin, all you need is some green tea. Make your tea face spritzer by steeping some green tea leaves in water that’s at room temperature. Allow the tea to steep for 2-3 hours. Strain the tea and then pour the tea into a spray bottle. When your skin needs a boost, spritz your skin with the tea. The antioxidants will give skin a refreshing boost.
③ Tea Glossing and Highlighting Rinse
Tea also makes a great glossing and highlighting rinse, and it’s all natural. If you have brunette hair, use black tea, since the pigments in the tea will bring out your natural highlights while leaving hair glossy and shiny. For blondes, chamomile tea will bring out natural highlights and leave hair shiny and glossy. Simply brew the tea for your hair color and after the tea cools, rinse hair using the tea. Wrap hair in a towel and leave tea on hair for about 20 minutes. Rinse hair and then style your hair as desired.
④ Eye Soother and De-Puffer
If your eyes are suffering because you’re tired, tea will sooth and de-puff your eyes. Soak two green tea bags in cold water. Then, place the bags over your eyes while they are cold. Leave them on eyes for 15-20 minutes. The caffeine and coolness will soothe eyes while eliminating the swelling in the area.
⑤ Tea Face Cleanser
Make your own face cleanser using green tea. Place some loose green tea leaves in the creamy cleanser you normally use. Mix well and then apply to the face. Allow it to sit on your skin for about five minutes. Rub gently to buff away dead skin cells. Rinse skin thoroughly.
⑥ Simple Tea Bag Nail Mender
If you have a chipped nail, use a tea bag to mend it. Cut tiny pieces of the tea bag off and adhere the piece to the chipped or broken area of the nail with some nail glue. Another option is to apply a base coat, then place the piece of tea bag on top of the base coat. Cover with another coat. Trim any excess away, file the nail and then paint your nails like normal.
You can check my post here on how to mend a broken nail.
⑦ Tea Bag Toner
To tone skin, take a brewed, cooled tea bag and swipe it over your skin, blotting any wetness away. Another option is to mix some brewed green tea with some homey and lemon. Pour in a spray bottle and spritz on your face or use a cotton ball to apply. This DIY toner will keep for a week as long as you keep it in the refrigerator.
⑧ Tea Body Scrub
Take a half cup of water and a green tea bag, allowing the tea to brew. Let the tea cool and then mix together three parts sugar with one part tea. Add some yogurt, honey or lemon if desired. When you’re in the shower, use as a body scrub to exfoliate your skin.
⑨ Tea Toothpaste and Mouthwash
Studies show that drinking green tea regularly can improve tooth and gum health. Go ahead and sip a cup of tea daily, but you can also use green tea to make your own dental hygiene products.
Mix some baking soda and tea leaves to make your own toothpaste and brush with it. Make your own mouthwash by brewing a cup of water and one tea bag of green tea. After it cools, use like any other mouthwash.