Sunday, May 19, 2013

Green Tea Obsession....

Hi guys, what's going on? How ya'll doing?
I had my first like "finals" exam today but that's like a whole different topic, I might do a post on that. So anyways I have started drinking green tea since the beginning of this week because I am fed up of relying on pills to improve my skin. So today I shall be talking all about this wonderful substance GREEN TEA!

To start of, let's get into the science of things.
Green tea is made from something called Camellia sinensis and basically the leaves of this plant are able to produce this popular tea. It  has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates from China but has slowly made its way to the west, where it has grown to be very popular. It has been scientifically proven that lower risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer. 

Now onto how it helps the skin. Green tea is known for its high antioxidant content, mainly due to the polyphenol antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG for short. One study used  biopsies of the skin which found that those with acne had reduced glutathione activity in their skin. Another study also found that blood levels of different markers of oxidative stress was higher in those with acne than those without. If you drink tea regularly, I do pretty much everyday, it is suggested to switch to green tea as it will help if you drink it regularly. 

I have heard that it is not all about just drinking it, it is also about physically applying it to your skin, which I hopefully will be trying tomorrow. It is one of the most natural ways to help in the mission of achieving flawless and brighter skin.

Okay so when it comes to applying it straight to your skin there are a few ideas I have. The one I will be trying tomorrow is make your cuppa and take out the tea bag, obviously. Leave it to be cool enough till you can handle it and cut open the top and empty the contents into a bowl. Then add a tablespoon of honey to it. Honey is good for this as it helps to heal acne. Mix it all together and it'll become a nice smooth consistency, which you can then apply to your face using  clean fingers or a clean old foundation brush. Leave it on for around 10-15 minutes, wash off and don't forget to moisturise. 
You can also add rice flour to have reduce scarring. I saw a video from Bubzbeauty based on this, a few days go, so check that out below for more in depth details:

Okay I still got a few more tricks :D

One thing you could do is make a green tea steam facial. Now when I was reading this, it sounded really awesome and  may just try it some time soon and tell you guys what it's like but if any of you try it, do let me know what it was like. So basically boil some water and pour it into a large bowl. Take a green tea bag, cut it open then pour the contents into that hot water. Take a towel and place it over your head. Then bend over the bowl, making sure your face isn't very close to the water, but close enough to feel the steam. Stay under for only five minutes. 

One last tip is to use a green tea cleanser in the morning. Now to look glowing a fresh faced before heading to school or work add some green tea to your daily cleanser. Add the tea bag into boiling water, wait till its cool enough to handle, cut open the top and empty the contents into a small cup or bowl. Take the facial cleanser, cream cleansers are the best as the creamy texture and he green tea will combine well together, and spoon about 2 tablespoons of the cleanser into the cup and mix it all together with the spoon. It should look like thick white cream with LOTS of green flecks in it. Spread it on your face, leave it on for 5 minutes and you can go pick out your outfit, make your bed or sort out your bag as you wait then just rinse it of and continue with your skincare routine.

Okay so that's all the tips I have and I hope they help. All in all, green tea tastes awesome, with honey in it otherwise it's kind of bland, so why not make the switch. I'm not even kidding when I say I will not be going back to the normal ol' cuppa any time soon. 

and of course everything I already knew from my mind :D

I hope you enjoyed this post and I shall talk to you guys very soon :) xxx

P.S. Sorry it's late, I like started writing this 3-4 days ago and it is going up now but I just couldn't write it well enough and I wanted it to be to a good standard so I thought I'd put it up late rather than being on time with low quality writing so yeah that is why I am late...

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