Green, black and red teas have been used to improve the overall health and appearance of skin and hair for centuries. Rich in antioxidants and anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, tea is one of the most powerful grocery store staples that can be used topically. Here are several suggestions:
1. Add shine to dull, lackluster hair. Rinsing hair with green or black tea can boost brassy and blah strands. Simply steep tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes and allow to cool for a few hours or overnight. Pour it onto freshly-washed hair and leave on for ten minutes. Be sure to shampoo and condition afterwards to seal in the shine.
2. Soothe a sunburn. Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness. Likewise, if your legs are itchy and red after shaving, try pressing a cool black tea bag onto your limbs. The tannins work to provide immediate relief from razor burns.
3. Minimize bug bites. To take down the sting and bumps, apply a used cold chamomile tea bag directly to the affected area.
Reduce puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles. It is believed the caffeine in tea helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area.
4. Stop smelly foot odor. Soak your feet in a cool solution made out of boiled tea. The tannic acid in tea is both antibacterial and antifungal, so it stops feet from sweating and smelling funky.
5. Moisturize dry skin. Spritz cool green tea onto your face (you can also apply it with a cotton ball) twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores and get a healthy glow.
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