[caption id="attachment_2883" align="alignleft" width="216"] Before you throw away your tea bag, give yourself a little treat!
Whether you like to have it with “one lump or two” there is more to tea than just sipping it over scones. So before you throw used tea bags in the trash, best put them to use because apparently, the beauty is in the bag- quite literally! Check out these three tea bag skincare tricks below.
Bags For Your Bags
Forget the cucumber slices. Tea is best for puffy eyes. So after you’ve pulled an all nighter or cried yourself dry, give those tired eyes a treat by soaking a tea bag in warm water and then placing one over each eye. Leave for 20 minutes, lie back and relax, after get up feeling refreshed.
And believe it or not, but because tea has a little thing called tannins (aka polyphenols which are naturally occurring chemicals that are released as the tea steeps), soaked tea bags are good for your bags. You see, tannins have great anti-inflammatory properties that help sooth and smoothe (apparently much more than your stomach!)
Green Tea Facial
When it comes to choosing tea, green is definitely best for the skin because aside from the tannins mentioned earlier, green tea is full of antioxidants too. So if you want a great facial, try this green tea treat.
The first thing that you have to do is boil a pot water then pour into a basin or a relatively large bowl of sorts that is about the size of your face or even a little bigger. Soak two to three green tea bags in. Do this fast as you want to catch the steam. Place your face directly above the bowl then put a towel over your head to keep the steam in. Stay for about five to ten minutes as this will hydrate your skin and open up your pores.
Tea Bag Toner
Again, because of the said tannins from tea, your tea bag makes an awesome toner too. You see, tannins give tea it’s astringent. Ever notice that bitter taste tea has? Anyway, that is exactly why it can help make your face less greasy.
Focusing on your T zone or other troubled areas, get a soaked tea bag and wipe away. Without rinsing after, simply use a towel and pat dry.