When we use steam as a part of facials, it prepares the skin to suck in nutrients. And we know that there are so many beauty benefits in green tea. It is high in antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals, which can potentially prevent aging, wrinkles, fine lines and even skin cancer. So, it’s really no surprise that adding teas to facial steam is becoming popular among those who believe in natural and non-toxic skin care.
Read on here to find – (i) Green Tea Steam Facial Benefits (ii) And also an easy diy recipe for preparing and doing green tea facial at home that will get you clearer, softer and glowing skin in no time without pinching your pocket.
Benefits Of Steaming Face With Green Tea
(i) Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which help fight against free radicals. With a green tea steam facial, the antioxidants are shot straight into the pores to detox and hydrate skin.
(ii) Green tea has potent anti-inflammatory properties, so steam facial with green tea soothes irritated skin.
(iii) The process of steaming tea smells great, which is super relaxing and helps you calm down as well. A face steam can be the perfect way to de-stress and help your favorite moisturizer to work best.
(iv) You can use the leaves of green tea to give a spa-like tea steam facial to your face. After a green tea steam facial, your face will glow and the skin will look and feel smoother, softer, and younger!
And there is a research paper that supports the fact that green tea and white tea can have benefits for the skin
How To Do Green Tea Facial At Home?
Hey, get ready to pamper your face with this simple, soothing and beneficial green tea steam facial.
You will need
(i) Clean, fresh water: four-five cups, just boiled.
(ii) Green tea: 2 – 3 teaspoons, dried loose green tea (alternatively you can use 2 or 3 green teabags).
(i) Place a large bowl or pot with lid on a stable table or countertop, or you can use a facial steamer.
(ii) Boil 4-5 cups of water. Pour hot water in the large bowl with a lid. Add in the loose green tea or teabags. It’s best to use loose-leaf tea, but tea bags work too. Cover the bowl and let the tea steep for a couple of minutes and then cool for a few minutes.
Tip: The beauty of any DIY at home is that you can combine any of your favorite herbs or flowers that you would want to go with green tea. Whereas mint and rosemary have skin calming and cooling properties, chamomile flowers are associated with softening of skin.
(iii) Meanwhile, prep your skin clean (removing any makeup), with the help of a mild cleanser. And, if you have longer hair, you may want to pin it back from your face with a hair clip or headband.
(iv) Take a bath towel over your head to form a tent around the bowl so that the steam can be trapped to reach directly onto your face.
(v) Put your face over the bowl while the tea is steamy and still fairly warm (but not too hot as to burn your delicate face-skin!).
(vi) Close your eyes (and make sure to keep them closed) and relax over the steam, keeping your face about 6 -12 inches away from the hot tea water. Do this for 5 -10 minutes. If your skin is quite sensitive or inflamed, you may find that a shorter steam is better for you.
Note: If you’re using a facial steamer, you won’t have to use a towel to trap in the steam. Just strain the tea, pour the recommended amount into the facial steamer, and then enjoy your spa-like steam facial according to the instructions provided with the steamer.
Natural Beauty Tips
(a) If you require a breath of cool air while steaming, just lift the towel, take a couple of deep breaths and allow your skin breathe for a moment or two, and then lower the towel again. Also you may find that you need to lift your head a couple of times to blow your nose because the steam may release any nasal congestion, too.
(b) While using steam facial, if you feel hot or uncomfortable, you can remove the towel and continue with your facial steam, or end your green tea steam early.
(vii) Rinse your face with cool, fresh water and gently pat dry your face. Apply toner of your choice to make sure any residual dirt or debris is removed from your skin pores, and then gently apply your favorite soothing, nourishing moisturizer.
Caution: It’s generally recommended to not use a facial steam more than once in a week.
Include a green tea steam facial in your at-home skincare routine once or twice a month. You’ll enjoy pampering your skin, without pinching your pocket and leaving your home!