Saturday, July 11, 2009

Homemade: Green Tea Facial

Let me start by saying I am a firm believer that you shouldn't put anything on your body that you wont put in it.The skin absorbs EVERYTHING.All of these recipes are made from things you can eat and are more than likely in your kitchen cupboards.Just think,within minutes you could be treating your skin to a gourmet facial!
Green tea has such beneficial qualities that its a shame to only drink it.It not only works as a detox for your body it can detox your face as well.And if you happen to have any left over in your mug theres no longer need to waste it by pouring it down the drain! Green tea is chock full of antioxidants and many crucial elements that we need, if you sweeten up your tea with sugar or honey all the better.(But more on that later)Green tea is cheap and readily available.If you use a bag to cleanse your face you wont miss it out of the box.It can also be used as a daily toner and as a soother for sunburn.There are many simple recipes that are easy to alter to suit your needs.I have a few basic ones that you can have fun with.
*Please take care to avoid the eye area with all of these recipes.

Basic tea cleaner
  • 1-2 bags of green tea
  • 1/3-3/4 cup boiling water
That's it.This is the base for all the other recipes.Let the tea bags steep in the water for 10-15 mins.Much longer then if you are going to drink it but you want all the goodness extracted from the tea and your skin wont mind the bitterness.Let the tea cool, to speed it up put it in the fridge.Then use it to wash your face.Or instead of cooling it use this as a steam to open and cleanse the pores.
If your looking for a exfoliant try this out.

Green tea Sugar exfoliant
  • 1-2 tbsp of the basic tea cleaner
  • 3 tbsp sugar of your choice ( white, brown or a mix)
With tea at lukewarm temp mix with 2 tbsp sugar.( Don't use hot tea, it will melt the sugar)Add the rest of the sugar till it is at the texture you want.Apply using your fingers to your face and GENTLY massage into the skin for 1-2 mins.Then rinse well with warm water and pat dry.If you notice any redness to your skin after exfoliating this is normal and should subside within minutes.Exfoliating is great for the skin because it removes dead skin cells and opens pores for a thorough cleaning.It helps in circulation of the area and promotes the repair of stressed skin.

Next if you chose to you can apply the green tea as a toner.This will further help detox the skin and sooth it.Simply take some of the left over basic tea cleanser and apply it to your skin and let dry.

There are countless things you can add to the basic cleaner tomake this fit your skins needs
Here are a few to start you off:

Honey: Helps sooth sensitive skin and moisturizes.

Lemon: Works as a deep cleaner and is good for oily skin.

Yogurt: Is for sensitive skin and soothes problem skin.

Olive oil: Works great as a deep moisturizer for dry skin.

Green Tea Mask:
  • 1/4 cup of the basic tea cleaner
Add one or many of the following.

Rice or Oatmeal flour:Easy enough to make if you have a food processor.Soother, moisturizes and makes skin super smooth.

Powdered milk:Will moisturize your skin and make it smoother than you have felt in years.

*Herbs: Since there are too many to cover and some people should avoid certain ones due to health issues or pregnancy I wont list any.Do your research.

So give these a try.They are cheap and you have nothing to lose.All of these recipes are safe to use on children (research thoroughly the herbs if you chose to use).So why not pamper yourself and have a fun spa day right there in your kitchen?
Merry Mixing!


Hyla said...


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Laura said...

Thanks for this post. Will definitely try out some of these suggestions!

Crazy Squirrel Lady said...

Thanks SO much Hyla, Im off to pick them up now and will be posting on it tomorrow.

And Laura, let me know how they work for you!

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Chemicals said...

Once again you providing us good information. Thanks for the recipes i must make it after dinner tonight..:)

Anonymous said...

The pure green tea face rinse is so good I drink the stuff plain with NO sugar or milk then use the soaked bags to wipe over my face and neck, it has honestly left my face clearer,smooth and oil free for the whole day I have also used it under my make up as a base .my complextion is just glowing with radiance, iv had so many compliments from men and women about my skin and face it has actually enhanced the quality of my skin I will certainly recommend this to anyone who wants a cheap beauty secret, I believe this is the method the celebritys and models use to have such pimpple free fresh skin, my method may not taste so well but it really does show good results