Drink it For Beauty and Health

Most people are aware of the healthful properties of green tea. Its powerful anti-oxidant qualities help to defend the body against naturally occurring particles called free radicals that have been associated with speeding up the aging process and the onset of major diseases. Free radicals exist in the environment and exposure to second hand smoke, other pollution and even too much sun exposure can raise the level of free radicals in the blood. But, clinical evidence has found that the powerful anti-oxidants found in green tea can protect your health, and make your skin look younger.

Green tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can help firm up your skin, improve the elasticity and brighten its appearance. It has sun protection qualities, it’s known to be effective in treating acne, and drinking several cups each day can help you to lose weight by boosting metabolism and encouraging fat oxidation.

Here are some ways to add green tea to your beauty regimen:

o Drink it either hot or cold but without sugar as this cancels the healthful qualities of the tea
o Take it as a supplement
o Green Tea Spritzer: Gently steep two green tea bags in two cups of distilled water for about an hour at room temperature. It’s better to make this in small amounts as you need it because the tea will eventually lose its potency when left exposed to the air. Pour the tea into a clean bottle and store in the refrigerator.
o Spritz some green tea on your skin before applying your basic zinc-oxide based sun screen.
o Green tea will soothe a sun burn. Spray it on your skin after too much sun exposure
o Use it to prevent bad breath by rinsing your mouth with it, or brush your teeth with a paste of green tea and baking soda.
o Apply it to your skin before you moisturize in the morning. You will begin to notice improvement in your skin’s appearance in a few weeks after daily use.

While you can purchase many beauty products that already contain green tea extracts, it’s better to make your own so that you can be sure that the tea is fresh and that the healthful qualities in the tea have not been oxidized.

Whether you are looking for an acne cure, a boost to your weight loss plan or you just want to keep your skin looking its best, green tea is one of nature’s treasures that can help you stay healthy and beautiful.

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