The Beauty Benefits of Green Tea
Everyone seems to be ranting and raving about how wonderful green tea is these days, so much so that even the most avid coffee drinker is often making the switch from cappuccino to green tea! This is for a pretty good reason. Green tea offers a wealth of different health and beauty benefits that will help keep aging at bay, improve the quality of your skin, and improve the overall quality of your life!
Where does Green Tea Come From?
The majority of green tea is grown in China and can be found spanning across over 20 Chinese provinces. You may also find green tea in stores that is grown in a few other countries, such as India, Indonesia, and Australia. The tea itself is grown on an evergreen shrub which, after 5 years of growing, leaves are then able to be plucked and used for tea. The tree can only be used until it is 30 years old, at which time the evergreen shrub will stop producing the leaves.
How can I get Beauty Benefits from Green Tea?
Simply drinking green tea is a great first step in enjoying its beauty benefits. The most stunning fact about green tea is that it perhaps has up to 100 times the antioxidant power as both vitamin C and vitamin A – now that’s strong!
Antioxidants are important because they help flush out the toxins in our body and attack free radicals. Free radicals can cause serious illness, such as cancer and free radicals also speed up the aging process by as much as 10 years.
Beauty Benefit #1: Bad Breath
Just drinking green tea will help prevent bad breath! You can use it as a mouthwash too if you would rather swish it around your mouth and not consume the tea.
You can also try making your very own green tea tooth paste at home. Take one cup of boiling hot water and pour it over 100g of green tea. Allow the tea to steep for at least half an hour before removing the tea leaves. Next, take one teaspoon of baking soda and add it to the liquid. This should form a paste which you can then use to brush right onto your teeth!
Beauty Benefit #2: Your Skin
Having a green tea facial mask will be one of the most relaxing and refreshing facial masks you have ever had. This mask will help open up your pores, remove toxins from your skin, and your skin will be left with a silk smooth texture.
To make the mask, all you need to do is take 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise and then throw in one generous teaspoon of green tea leaves. Apply the mask evenly to your face (take care to avoid the mask from coming in contact with your eye area) and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off the mask, pat your skin dry, and follow up with a rich moisturizer.
Beauty Benefit #3: Weight Loss
Some claim that green tea will help expedite the weight loss process. There are some who claim that drinking green tea will actually speed up your metabolic rate and your fat oxidation, so you are burning more calories more efficiently. It also will help reduce your cholesterol levels.