8 Incredible Beauty Benefits of Tea

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By now we are all familiar with the amazing health benefits of herbal tea; rife with antioxidants and loaded with anti-inflammatory properties, teas of all kinds have been used to improve overall health for centuries.

But the power of tea doesn’t stop there — go ahead and add “beauty enhancing” to its long list of talents. Just by brewing a cup of tea, you can open up a whole new world of homemade beauty recipes to improve your skin and hair naturally.

Add Shine To Dull Hair
Tea can give you the extra shine you’ve been searching for to freshen up your dull looking mane. Due to the high levels of vitamins E and C, rinsing your hair with cooled tea can help seal in shine while protecting it from future damage from pollution or harsh products you might be using.

Remedy Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
The tannins in green tea help treat puffy eyes and dark circles by shrinking the blood vessels underneath the delicate skin around the eye. When the blood vessels shrink, swelling is reduced and puffiness becomes a thing of the past. To lighten dark circles in a pinch, chill two used green tea bags in the refrigerator, then place them on your closed eyelids for 10 to 15 minutes.

Soothe Sunburns
If you find yourself suffering from a nasty burn this summer, chill a few used tea bags in the refrigerator and play them on the burn. Using this cold compress will help to relieve the pain and decrease any redness. (But remember to lather up safely beforehand to prevent this issue!)

Tone and Moisturize Skin
Green tea is known for helping to reverse UV damage to the skin. It’s also a wonderful hydrator and is revered for its detoxing qualities. Matcha green tea, which is the latest green tea craze, helps to give skin that coveted “glow” we all strive for and is used in many topical beauty treatments and face masks. Combining a cup of green tea with a few drops of essential oil can not only help hydrate your skin but also draw out impurities and reduce pore size.

Reverse The Signs Of Aging
Sipping on white tea can help lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, since its antioxidant properties reduce inflammation which ultimately helps slow down the aging process. Additionally, the polyphenols in green tea help to neutralize free radicals in the air, which are responsible for damaging skin and speeding up the signs of aging like sagging skin and age spots.

Calm Skin Post-Shave
Laying cooled black tea bags on an area you just shaved can help immediately reduce the effects of shaving like razor burn, itchy or red patches.

Treat Acne
The catechins in tea act as antibacterial agents to fight off acne-causing bacteria, while the anti-inflammatory agents present in tea reduce swelling and redness in your skin brought on by pimples. Green tea has even been known to help reduce acne scars and blemishes while improve skin’s elasticity. 

Say Goodbye To Gray
Black tea can actually help turn your gray hairs a little darker or cover up a rogue gray hair you spot (that is, if your hair is dark in the first place). Simply make a batch of highly concentrated black tea using about five teabags, then apply the cooled tea to your hair, making sure to leave it on for at least an hour. The longer you leave it on, the more noticeable the change will be.  

Hayley Simmons |

Hayley Simmons is a twenty-something writer, wife and new mama to her baby girl, Scout. A native Texan turned Nashvillian, she spends her time experimenting with healthy recipes -- then forcing her husband to eat them, finding new ways to not hate the gym and shopping for (an absurd amount of) baby clothes.