It's basically common knowledge at this point that green tea is good for your health. But you can experience the benefits of green tea even if you're not drinking it—if you're willing to put it on your face, that is. And who better to explain the skincare benefits of green tea than Marie Rayma, the founder of the DIY skincare and cosmetics blog Humblebee & Me. Part of what makes green tea so healthy is the fact that it's rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants are great for skin because they "tackle free radicals caused by UV exposure, helping reduce and even prevent damage," Rayma explained in an email. But that's not all. "Green tea is also anti-inflammatory, so it can help with redness in the complexion," she continued." Antibacterial catechins in green tea can help prevent acne, and the vitamin C & E content can help brighten your complexion and encourage healing."
The best news is that you don't need to go out and get a fancy version of green tea to make the most of these DIY projects. Whatever you have in your tea cupboard is totally fine. You can even use flavored green tea if you want to impart other skincare benefits. "I have a beautiful lemongrass green tea that I love in toners and face masks for the added citrusy scent," explained Rayma. "If you’re a matcha fan, it’s also wonderful in face masks; I love the vibrant green hue that it adds! I’d keep matcha for face masks rather than toners, though," she warned. "Leaving that much botanical matter in a toner makes it very difficult to safely preserve."
In her first book Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care, Rayma has a couple of DIY projects that highlight the brightening and cleansing power of green tea in skincare.So if you're looking for an easy—and all-natural—way to pamper yourself, take a page out of Rayma's book and try these two green tea-centric projects.
Green Tea Clay Mask
Photo by Marie Rayma
Rayma describes this clay face mask as a "pore vacuum that cleans your skin, stimulates circulation, boosts healing, and lightly exfoliates your face when you wash it off." And though you can make it with hot water, using green tea only boosts these benefits.
Simple Green Tea Toner
Photo by Marie Rayma
"Toner is, generally speaking, an astringent liquid designed to gently clean the skin and reduce theappearance of pores," writes Rayma in Make It Up, and since green tea already helps to prevent acne, it's a super ingredient to pair with the witch hazel for maximum cleansing.