Almost everyday I have a cup of tea. So when a friend told me about this DIY tea face-mask I was definitely intrigued. Tea’s are great for your inner body, so why not for the skins surface too. Aside from the fact that it has lots of antioxidants to shoot down damaging free radicals, depending on what kind of tea it is, it can perk you up when your energy starts to flag at the end of a tiring work-day, or it can help you reach that zen place after a particularly trying morning with the kids. What a lot of people don’t know though, is that it can soften skin and tighten pores, and a cool infusion can soothe sunburn and inflammation too.
It’s really easy to make an exfoliating face-mask using tea; all you need is a little hot water, and the tea of your choice.
Black or green tea will do nicely; just make sure that you get kinds that don’t have any additional flavorings, to avoid any negative reactions. You can also try using herbal teas, but just be careful about possible allergies. Most of the time, if you don’t have an allergic reaction when you drink it, it’s unlikely that you’ll suffer any ill effects when you use it on your skin. But just to be sure, do a skin patch test before you slather it on.
This recipe is generally just enough for a face-mask but if you have some left over, you can use it on your décolletage, your elbows, or even your hair. Wherever you may end up using this tea mask treatment, it’ll feel fresh, clean, and rejuvenated, so go wild!
If you’re using tea that comes in teabags, around two bags should suffice for a nice, thick face mask. If you’re using loose leaf tea, a teaspoon and a half should do nicely. Take a medium-sized bowl, and just dump that tea in. If you’re using teabags, tear those bags open and pour all the contents out into the bowl. Afterwards, add about a quarter teacup of hot water (you can vary the amount of water, depending on how thick you might prefer it), mix it thoroughly, and let it sit until it’s lukewarm. The mixture won’t be completely smooth, but the water should be nice and saturated, and the dried tea leaves good and soaked. It’s likely that the mixture will look a little like gritty mud and if it’s evenly mixed, that’s how it’s supposed to be.
This is going to get a little messy, so make sure you have a bit of free time to clean up afterwards. In the washroom, just spread the tea mixture on your face, massaging gently to polish your skin and slough off dead cells. Leave it on for fifteen minutes or so. It’ll be a bit itchy as the tea mixture dries, and it’ll flake off if you move around a lot.
When you’re done, wash the mixture off with some soap and water, and voila! Fresh, clean, and soft skin! Enjoy!