You've gotta love green tea. Not only is it a major wrinkle-blocker, it helps you burn calories while it defends against sun damage and other forms of skin aging.
Drinking green tea (2 cups daily is the recommended dose), as well as applying it topically is a great boost for your summer sun defense. The antioxidant-rich polyphenols in green tea fight free radical damage that causes age spots, sagging skin, wrinkles and other forms of sun damage—what could be your biggest summer beauty headache. A new British Journal of Nutrition study actually found that supplementing with green tea catechins (some of their most powerful plant chemicals) can make us more resistant to UV damage and the signs of aging that come with it. Green tea catechins also reduce redness and inflammation, a product of too much sun exposure, so green tea can be your natural after sun savior as well.
For an easy, soothing, healing green tea recipe to use on your skin after a day, or an hour, in the sun, make this homemade facial mist and store it in the refrigerator (up to 3 weeks). It's a science-backed skin refresher. While you're at it, make yourself a cup of green tea to sip fresh!
Green Tea & Chamomile After Sun Mist
Green tea helps repair sun damage and soothe redness after a day at the beach. Store this antioxidant-rich, calming mist in the fridge and spray it generously over clean skin after sun exposure.
1 green tea bag
1 chamomile tea bag
1/4 cup witch hazel
essential oils of your choice
glass spray bottle (Easy to find at Mountain Rose Herbs or Whole Foods)
Steep green tea bag in 1/2 cup hot water, and steep chamomile tea bag in 1/4 cup boiling water, about 20 minutes. Remove tea bags and allow tea to cool to room temperature. In a small bowl, mix teas and witch hazel. Add 5 drops desired essential oils (try rose geranium for mature skin, or sandalwood, for acne-prone skin) to liquid mixture. Use a funnel to pour the liquid into your spray bottle. Shake well before each use. Keeps 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.