Want glowing skin and shinier hair? Make tea your go-to brew. Sipping tea imparts innumerable health benefits. And when used topically, compounds in tea—antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, flavonols, and tannins—work to soothe, smooth, detoxify, and invigorate. Try these DIY treatments for yourself, from Homemade Beauty: 150 Simple Beauty Recipes Made from All-Natural Ingredients by Annie Strole.
Lemon-Chamomile Lightening Rinse
Want to lighten your blonde hair without the damage of bleach or peroxide? This rinse lightens and brightens your hair while soothing your scalp.
2 cups water
6 bags chamomile tea
Juice of 1 lemon
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and steep for at least 1 hour. Remove and discard tea bags, stir in lemon juice, and transfer mixture to a squeeze bottle or spouted cup. On shampooed and rinsed hair, pour rinse through, and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and follow with conditioner.
Black Tea Rinse for Brunette Hair
The elements can leave brunette hair looking washed out. This rinse naturally deepens the color of brunette hair while adding shine.
2 cups water
1 Tbs. jojoba oil
6 bags black tea
Bring water to a boil, and then remove from heat. Stir in jojoba oil, add tea bags, and let steep for at least 1 hour. Transfer to a squeeze bottle or spouted container. After shampooing, pour rinse all over hair and scalp. Let sit for 30 minutes, wrapping hair with plastic wrap or a plastic shower cap for best results. Rinse thoroughly, and follow with conditioner.
Soothing Chamomile and Oatmeal Face Treatment
Soothe, exfoliate, and hydrate with this straight-from-the-spa treatment. Chamomile instantly eliminates redness and calms.
1 cup distilled water
1 bag chamomile tea
½ cup oats
1 tsp. honey*
Bring water to a boil and steep tea bag for 5 minutes. Slowly pour hot tea into the oats until a thick paste is formed. Let this sit for 5 minutes. If the paste is still too thick, add a small amount of tea until the desired consistency is reached. Stir in the honey and blend your treatment thoroughly.
Gently massage onto clean face and neck using circular motions. Manipulate the product for 1 to 2 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
* Raw, organic honey is best and can be found at your local vitamin or health-food store or farmers market. Many supermarket honeys add corn syrup and won’t do your skin any favors.
Invigorating Matcha Green Tea Bath Soak
Matcha green tea powder is basically concentrated green tea. It’s full of antioxidants and makes an incredible rejuvenating bath soak. Be warned, however, that this bath will give you a jolt of energy, so it’s best for mornings or afternoons. It also tints your bath water a pale green color. This recipe is enough for a single bath, but you can mix up a larger batch and store it for more soaks!
1 cup Epsom salt
½ cup matcha green tea powder
Combine ingredients, and pour them under running water into a hot bath. Soak for at least 15 minutes.
Tip: Cooled green or black tea bags can relieve tired, puffy eyes. Relax with tea bags over eyes for 15 minutes. The caffeine and tannins in these teas help to shrink blood vessels, tighten skin, and stimulate circulation.
Better Skin With Every Sip
These teas are brimming with healthful, beautifying properties
Rooibos: Rooibos tea is high in antioxidant flavonoids that are anti-inflammatory and fight wrinkles by squelching free radicals. It also increases blood levels of the enzyme superoxide dismutase, essential to the production of healthy skin cells. Topically, rooibos has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that benefit acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
Rose: Drinking rose petal tea may give you a more radiant complexion. Rose petals are a natural source of antioxidant vitamin C that can fend off damage from toxins and free radicals that can age skin. Vitamin C also encourages collagen production.
Detoxifying Teas: Nettle and dandelion help to cleanse the liver (and thereby the skin) and stimulate circulation. Both green and white teas contain high levels of free-radical quenching antioxidants, and a compound in green tea known as EGCG helps to rid your body of toxins.
DESERT ESSENCE ORGANICSSpicy Vanilla Chai Hand & Body Lotion heals and repairs with antioxidant-rich black tea—and it’s scented with organic vanilla extract.
NUBIAN HERITAGE Olive & Green Tea Body Wash, with green tea extract plus olive and avocado oils, is an anti-aging treatment and gentle cleanser in one.
YOGI TEA Skin DeTox Tea enhances your inner glow with a beautifying, cleansing blend including rose petals and organic green tea.
TIESTA TEAEternity in Pomegranatopia combines three antioxidant superstars for great looking skin—white tea, blueberries, and pomegranate.
PUKKACleanse Tea blends nettle, dandelion, fennel, and peppermint that work to detoxify and nourish skin from within.
ACURE ORGANICSBalancing Rose + Red Tea Facial Toner minimizes excess oil and shine without drying, and soothes and calms with organic rose, rooibos, and chamomile teas.