Green tea was used to treat depressions and headache in China some years back. But today, this Camellia sinensis made tea is used for a lot of hair and skin benefits.
Green tea is loaded with a lot of compounds some of them are epigallocatechin-3-gallate, aldehydes, esters, hydrocarbons, lactones, carotenoids, zinc, copper, chromium, iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium.
It also contains enzymes, B vitamins, folate, caffeine, 20% protein and carbohydrates, amino acids, apigenin, linoleic acid, quercetin, and so many skin and hair enhancing compounds.
Green tea can be used to make body moisturizers, hair rinse, facial masks, and other cosmetic products. It can also be taken orally to fight any free radicals in the body.
Green Tea Uses
- Green tea will shrink large pores, preventing excess secretion of sebum in people with oily skin. Just use as a toner/astringent after cleansing your skin
- Make a paste with baking soda, sugar, and Green tea. Rub the paste in a circular motion on your skin and leave it for 5 minutes before rinsing with tepid water. This will exfoliate your skin, revealing the inner, lustrous skin
- Green tea will add shine to your hair when used as a hair rinse. Steep 3 bags of green tea in 5 cups of water. Allow it to cool and use on your hair after washing with your shampoo
- Topical and oral use of Green tea will protect your skin from the harsh effects of the sun
- Green tea will speed up your hair growth and prevent common problems like dandruff and dry scalp
- Green tea is loaded with lots of antibacterial properties that will keep your pimples and acne problems at bay
- Green tea is loaded with anti-inflammatory property that will soothe redness and pain from acne and insect bites
- Green tea is rich in antioxidants that will fight aging-causing free radicals on your body, preventing wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, sun damage, sagging skin, etc.
- Green tea will lighten your under eye circles and reduce your puffy eyes
- Green tea will improve your skin’s elasticity, flush out toxins from your body, and heal scars and blemishes
Green Tea Side Effects
Most of the side effects accompanying Green Tea are based on oral usage which are
- Liver diseases (don’t drink if you have a liver problem)
- Eye issues (don’t drink if you have any sight issue)
- Drinking more than a cup of green tea a day when breastfeeding and during pregnancy may cause serious problems
- Diarrhea and vomiting
When used topically, it may cause
- Tingling sensation on the face
- Anxiety and dizziness