By Renée Reardin
Date November 10, 2015
Blame it on our ambitious desire to continuously seek out improvements to our lives (read: envy those picture-perfect Insta-stars a little less), but we seem to be addicted to uncovering the latest ground-breaking upgrades to our Beauty routines. We mean, can’t our hair can always be silkier, complexions clearer, and lashes longer? But with every new product boasting “revolutionary” ingredients we buy, the results are pretty much the same – not so remarkable and not so noticeable.
But because we’ve come to accept the fact that we’ll never be able to sit still in the beauty world, we’re excited to embrace the next big craze with open hands–tea. But this trendy, not-new ingredient isn’t like the others–it’s not some hard to pronounce word with somewhat outrageous promises. Tea’s natural, gentle and boasts countless health benefits we’re well familiar with.
Ahead, we’re highlighting five ways to incorporate tea into your beauty routine, from drinking a cup every day to soothe redness, to making a glow-inducing face mask. And hey, who knows: perhaps the miraculous beauty ingredient we’ve been looking for has been in our monogrammed teacups all along.
Like the juice trend our celebrity idols got us somewhat addicted to, tea–specifically beauty tea–is the hip new way to chug down essential nutrients. The cool crop of tea is said to have the power to clear skin (and some, slim waistlines) being that it’s hydrating and rich in antioxidants, which helps skin glow. In particular, white teas and rooibos tisanes are the most beneficial due to their high levels of antioxidants. Try Sakara Life’s Detox Tea which contains anti-inflammatory elements to help even out your skin tone.
Sakara Life’s Detox Tea (US $20, sakara.com )
Whip up a skin-clearing homemade face mask
A mix of green tea leaves and honey is all you need to create your own soothing face mask at home, courtesy of Wit and Delight (recipe here). Just mix moistened green tea leaves with honey to make a paste, apply it to your face, leave on your fifteen minutes and rinse clean with warm water. It’s great for getting rid of redness, preventing blackheads, and spot-treating blemishes.
Control oil with a green tea mask
Minimize your skin’s oil production and eliminate excess shine with a tea-infused mask. This version from Boscia boasts antioxidant-rich Japanese green tea to nourish skin, clean pores and clear skin.
Boscia Green Tea Oil-Control Mask ($42, sephora.com)
Brighten and soothe your eyes
Like chilled cucumbers and potato slices, chilled tea bags make great eye compresses as the cold temp reduces puffiness. But unlike the vegetables, teas (particularly herbal teas) boast anti-inflammatory and skin brightening effects. Next time you need to look like you got a good night’s sleep, chill a couple of green teabags–they contain caffeine which is known for constricting the blood vessels under your eyes that cause dark circles–and you’ll look instantly revitalized.
Stach Premium Green Tea ($3, well.ca)
Nourish your pout
Particularly necessary for the current chilly, dry season, we’re in need of a deeply moisturizing lip treatment to prevent and heal chapped lips. Instead of wasting time and money on the fruity varieties that make you lick your lips to an even drier state, go for a product that features hydrating green tea. Our pick? Tata Harper’s 100% natural lip treatment which not only heals your flaky pout, but offers long-lasting hydration too.
Tata Harper’s 100% Natural Lip Treatment ($34, net-a-porter.com )