One of the requirements for any of the beauty aids that I make and use is that they work, but a second requirement is that they smell good too.
This is one of my favorites. I love the smell of coconut and mixed with the faint scent of green tea, it’s a joy to put this on my skin and it works fabulously.
That’s because both of these ingredients have some super beneficial properties.
When you whip it, the texture is perfect and spreads easily across the face with no harmful tugging, melting into every pore of your skin and bringing all the benefits of the ingredients.
Why These Ingredients
Green tea is a favorite, whether I’m drinking it or applying it on my skin. It has potent antioxidants called catechins that help to stop free radicals that can cause cellular damage by binding to them and preventing them from harming your skin.
It also has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. In fact, one study shows that green tea protected the skin from cancer in mice, which also may be true for humans, according to the study.
Green tea takes away puffiness, which is one reason many people apply the bags to their eyes.
Coconut oil is the other ingredient that you’ll find in many beauty products that cost a fortune. It looks white and solid on the shelf at room temperature, but just put a bit in your warm hands and it melts like a champion.
I use it for cooking as well as beauty products, but don’t get me started on that! I could write for hours about its health benefits when taken internally.
When used on your skin, it melts into it and moisturizes deeply. It helps clear the grime from pores and has antibacterial properties that can help prevent an outbreak.
It also is a natural antioxidant that helps prevent damage to the cells, which can cause aging.
It helps fight inflammation and moisturizes while also nourishing the cells. Make sure you use only extra-virgin coconut oil that’s pure when you make this magical elixir.
What you need:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp loose green tea
- Melt the coconut oil using a double boiler on medium low heat.
- Stir in the loose green tea.
- Simmer for at least an hour on low heat
- Use a cheesecloth/strainer to strain the loose green tea from oil.
- Let it cool for a while and place in the fridge for 10 – 15 minutes until it will become solid but not that hard
- Then whip in 3 or more minutes until it reaches a creamy consistency like in the picture