Many nutritionists across the world recommend drinking green tea daily. The health benefits of green tea are huge and well established. It can be drunk warm or cold – although many believe its benefits are far greater when drunk warm. Here are some of the proven ways that green tea benefits health:
- It contains a number of antioxidants that protect your body from disease
- It is excellent for weight loss
- It is known to decrease cancer risks and inflammation
- It is great for oral health and prevention of gum disease
- It fights bacteria and viruses
- It is known to help combat & prevent diabetes
- It helps keep the heart healthy
- Best of all, it keeps the brain healthy
Drinking two cups of good quality green tea daily is enough to benefit your health in all these ways and more.
It sounds like gold dust right – but wait… there is more. Notwithstanding the healing and medicinal properties of green tea, there are also amazing ways in which you can harness the anti-oxidant, anti-ageing, and rejuvenation benefits of green tea externally.
Green Tea helps reduce skin inflammation and redness, protects and rejuvenates skin cells, and assists with the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure. Studies have shown that green tea reactivates dying skin cells that are at the end of their life cycle, and helps with various skin conditions including psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles, wounds, and scars.
The most striking and well documented benefit of green tea use on skin is that it appears to provide sun damage protection by reducing free radicals and inflammation rather than by blocking UV rays. Therefore, green tea may enhance sun protection when used in addition to a sunscreen. This is wonderful news when it comes to slowing down the ageing process, supporting, and preserving the beauty of the skin as much as possible.
Here are a few ways in which you can use green tea as part of your skin care routine. Maybe you would like to try them too alongside drinking a cup or two daily.
Green Tea Steam
Brew two bags of high quality green tea/or 1 tablespoon of loose green tea leaves in a large bowl of boiling water for 3 minutes. Put a towel over your head, and steam the face for as long as you can bear it. Ideally 7-10mins. Once your face starts to sweat, wash the face with cool water, pat dry and moisturise. Do this once a week. It’s a wonderful way to open pores, and detox the face.
Green Tea Mask
Mix 2 teaspoons of Matcha green tea powder with water to make a paste. Spread the mixture onto the face for 10 minutes. Then wash off with warm water. This is great for rejuvenating skin and tightening pores.
Green Tea Toner
Freeze freshly brewed good quality green tea as ice cubes and use them as a toner (don’t apply ice cubes to your skin straight out of the freezer, let them start thawing first or you may get a freeze burn.) This is great for tightening and toning skin and helps with refreshing it, and protecting it from dehydration.