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Old Tea Bag Uses In Your Beauty Regimen

By: Kumutha G

The last place your used tea bags should end up is in the trash. Did you know that this dripping, soggy muslin bag with a mushy substance at the bottom is actually a chunk of a potent antioxidant? It is actually an answer to your most persistent of beauty woes.

Sipping a cup of hot piping green tea can boost metabolism, flush out toxins, improve complexion and, of course, break down fat. We all have this information.

Also Read: Top 6 Beauty Benefits Of Green Tea

What we didn't know is that tannin in green tea can tighten the skin around the eyes, polyphenol can protect the skin from free radicals and antioxidants in green tea can rejuvenate dull skin!

beauty benefits of tea bags

When including used tea bags in your beauty regimen, one of the most common dilemmas that people face is not knowing how best to use them.

Can its many beautifying properties be simply derived by ripping open the bag and dabbing the concoction directly onto the face? Or does combining the tea with other natural ingredients negate its effect?

Here are the answers to your queries. Here is a list on how best to use old tea bags in your beauty ritual to derive maximum benefit out of it!

beauty benefits of tea bags

Instant Face Lift
If you instantly want to lighten and brighten your skin, here is a face splash that just might do the trick for you. Prepare a second round of green tea with the used tea bag.

Allow the drink to cool down before splashing your face with the solution, repeatedly. Use cold water for the final rinse. Wipe your face clean with a lint-free towel and notice the visibly bright skin.

Exfoliating Scrub
Astringent present in green tea will not just remove dead cells, but also tighten the skin. Cut open a used tea bag, empty the contents in a bowl and add a teaspoon of coarse brown sugar to the mixture. Use water to turn the mixture into a fine paste.

Apply the paste onto the skin and scrub it in a circular motion. Wash your face clean with lukewarm water. Refrain from using the scrub often as it can dry out your skin.

beauty benefits of tea bags

Shine Booster For Hair
Antioxidants present in green tea can reduce hair loss, treat dandruff, while adding a natural sheen to the hair. Immerse a used tea bag in a mug of cold water for a few hours.

Use the solution to give your hair a final rinse after shampooing. For added softness, you can also add a few drops of honey to the solution.

Also Read: Tea Benefits For Skin Care

beauty benefits of tea bags

To instantly perk up your skin after a long day, here is what you can do. Heat rosewater in a bowl. When it comes to a boiling point, add a bag of used green tea. Allow the solution to simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.

Let the mixture cool for some time, before pouring it in a spray bottle and placing it in the freezer. Use the solution as a toner at night. It will tighten the skin and slow down the aging process, overtime.

beauty benefits of tea bags

Facial Mask
Tear open a bag of green tea and pour the contents in a bowl. Add an equal amount of baking soda to the green tea leaves, along with a few drops of honey. To further dilute the mixture and make it into a fine paste, you can also add a few drops of essential oil of your choice.

Apply the pack onto your face and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it clean with cold water. Antibacterial properties in green tea will soothe your skin, while honey will keep it moisturized.

Now that you know the many benefits of used tea bags, don't commit the mistake of throwing them. And do let us know the innovative ways you have been using green tea in your beauty rituals in the comment section.

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Story first published: Monday, July 25, 2016, 14:13 [IST]
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