Green Tea: The Versatile Beauty Agent
Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. But did you know that it is also prominently used for beauty purposes as well. Not also does the green tea cure you of a lot of diseases but also makes you look gorgeous. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage. Also a cold green tea bag can help relieve those puffy eyes and dark circles. It shrinks blood vessels under the eyes thus reducing puffiness. This also helps tighten sagging skin giving you a fresher look. Green tea is also a natural astringent.
In order to get heathy skin you can mix 100 gms of green tea and half a liter of water, and let it sit for 30-40 minutes at room temperature. Strain the liquid and store it in the refrigerator. You can use this mixture to instantly refresh your tired face after a long day, or to treat minor rashes, cuts and blemishes, and also to treat sun burns. This will also help clear acne from your skin, while preventing it from coming back. Use it instead of your toner on a regular basis. Just freeze freshly brewed green tea for this purpose. Take the ice cube out and rub gently on your skin. It will give you a refreshing feel and benefit your skin as well.
Green tea is great for hair too. Green tea helps strengthen the roots and preps the hair follicles for regrowth due to the epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG present in it. It also helps increase blood circulation as it contains a molecule called catechin that stimulate hair growth. Washing your scalp with warm green tea can destroy bacterial and fungal parasites. These parasites are not easily diagnosed. They tend to weaken the roots of the hair, which results in hair loss and hair fall. However, with the help of green tea, they can easily be destroyed. Green tea is also known to stimulate the hair growth and soften the hair.
It contains polyphenols, vitamin E and vitamin C, which are known to boost lustrous hair. You can easily make a green tea rinse at home by steeping 3-4 bags of green tea in half a liter of water and using this water as the last rinse after you have shampooed and conditioned your hair. Green tea is capable of breaking down plaque in our blood vessels, thus promoting blood flow to almost all the organs, even the scalp. It is also rich in powerful antioxidants that that destroy the free radicals that hinder proper blood circulation (9). In this manner, it helps to promote hair growth. The anti-inflammatory properties in green tea help to stop hair loss and even promote the growth of new hair. That means that you can use it to cleanse your scalp and fight scalp infections that may weaken your hair roots. Remember that healthy scalp makes it more possible for hair to grow.