Ah green tea! The refreshing drink that’s great for your heart health, boosts brain function, and helps you shed those extra kilos, or so it claims. Though research does not conclusively establish the link, drinking two to three cups of this catechin-rich elixir can do you a world of good. But did you know that green tea can also give you the skin of your dreams? A 2016 study on the effects of green tea on acne and sebum production found that the polyphenols in the drink can tame the oil glands in the skin, and hence prevent and treat acne. There’s more: this pimple-curing service can be availed by both drinking your daily cuppa and applying a green-tea concoction topically.
Sure, you can get fancy creams and serums enriched with green tea at beauty stores, but what if we told you that there is a cheaper – and more effective way – to bask in the benefits of green tea? Without further ado, here’s the recipe for a 100% pure green tea toner that will revolutionize your skin.
All you need is five teaspoons of loose green tea leaves; one cup of water; an airtight container or spray bottle; and two tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Note: if you have sensitive skin, omit the lemon juice.
And Now for the Preparation…
In a vessel, heat the water making sure it never comes to a boil. Take the water off the heat and add green tea leaves. Cover the vessel and let the tea brew for about 15 minutes. Next, strain the tea into a glass container and let it cool. Once completely cooled, stir in the lemon juice and transfer the concoction to the air-tight container or spray bottle, and store it in the fridge for up to seven days. Yes folks, it’s that simple.
How to Use
You can apply your DIY green tea toner twice daily – but only on the cleansed skin. Spritz a good quantity of the toner on your face, and let your skin absorb it for a few minutes. When you feel your skin has absorbed most of the toner, pat in the remaining with your fingers. If you’re not using a spray bottle, take some of the toner in your palms and pat it into your skin. Moisturize as you would usually, and you’re good to go!
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