Get Gorgeous Skin With Green Tea! Beauty, Health/Wellness When women in Japan want to look and feel their best, they turn to a centuries-old secret ingredient: Green Tea! Delicious to drink, it’s even better at beautifying skin when it’s applied topically. When women in Japan want to look and feel their best, they turn to a centuries-old secret ingredient: Green Tea! Delicious to drink, it’s even better at beautifying skin when it’s applied topically. Green tea is a powerful yet gentle way to pamper your skin. It has unique antioxidants called catechins that soothe and hydrate your complexion while revealing a more youthful glow. To get started, simply choose the facial treatment that best suits you! Get more radiant skin with a Matcha Oatmeal Scrub! If your complexion is looking a little lackluster lately, try exfoliating! This recipe is gentle, yet very effective. The oats and almonds work to buff away dead skin cells, while emollient rose oil nourishes. The green tea contains EGCG, a polyphenol that’s twice as effective as reserveratrol — a popular antioxidant found in many anti-aging skin-care products. You will need: 1 Tbs. oats, 1 Tbs. raw almonds, 1/4 tsp. matcha green tea powder, 3 drops rose essential oil Add oats and almonds to your food processor or clean coffee grinder and blend to a fine powder. Transfer to a bowl and stir in matcha and rose essential oil. Slowly add a small amount of water until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Smooth onto clean, slightly damp skin using fingertips. I prefer to do this in the shower! Gently massage the scrub into your skin using a gentle circular motion. Rinse well, and pat dry. Repeat once every one to two weeks. Get blemish-free skin with a Peppermint Green Tea Toner! This toner is great for treating excess oil and blemishes. Green tea contains polyphenols that possess study-proven antibacterial properties, while peppermint oil is a natural astringent. Together, this duo whisks away oil and balances your skin. Boil 1 cup of water, then add two green tea bags. steep for one hour. Discard tea bags, and stir in two drops of peppermint essential oil. Either pour mixture into a spray bottle, or just apply toner using a cotton pad, carefully swiping across your T-zone. Remaining toner will store in the fridge for up to one week. Hydrate your skin with a Green Tea Yogurt Mask Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps your skin retain its moisture, so it’s perfect for everyone, even for those with sensitive skin. I like to use matcha tea — a finely ground green tea powder — so it won’t water down the mask. And adding in humectant yogurt and honey boosts hydration. You’ll need: 2 Tbs. matcha green tea powder (this one is my favorite!); 2 Tbs. plain yogurt; 2 tsp. honey Add matcha, honey and yogurt to a small bowl and mix well until combined. Smooth mask onto clean, dry skin using your fingertips avoiding the eye area. Relax for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat dry. Repeat up to once a week. Try a green tea soak for total body pampering! Green tea is good for more than just a great complexion. Use it to get softer skin from head to toe with a green tea milk bath! Milk’s lactic acid sloughs off dead skin cells so that the tea can penetrate your skin. You’ll need: 1/4 cup green tea leaves, or 5 green tea bags; 5 drops lavender essential oil; 1 cup powdered milk (or 2 cups milk) Steep the tea in 2 cups boiling water for 20 minutes. While the tea is steeping, fill tub with comfortably warm water. When ready, add brewed, strained tea, lavendar and milk to bath tub under running water. Swirl ingredients around tub using your hand until evenly mixed. Then slip into the water and relax for 20 minutes. Rinse well and pat dry.