Tea Bags Are Used In Some Of The Best Beauty Tips!
There are a laundry list of items (especially things in our kitchen) we purchase that have multiple uses. As a natural minimalist at heart, things that have multiple uses excite me. Drinking tea is not only delicious, calming and healthy, it can also solve several of our annoying beauty dilemmas. Try these 5 savvy tips and re-use your tea bags.
Revitalize Your Eyes
You know those days when your eyes are looking tired, achy, or puffy? No worries, soak two tea bags in warm water (ring them out so they aren’t soaked) and place them over your closed eye lids for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea act to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes and dark under eye circles. After 20 minutes, voila- revitalized eyes, leaving you looking vibrant and refresh!
Temporarily Color Your Hair
Tea has been used through the ages in various cultures to dye gray or lightly color hair temporarily. Say goodbye to expensive trips to the salon and toxic chemical hair dyes and head to the kitchen and grab tea bags! There are various tea dye recipes available online. One of our favorites: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. Then shampoo, saturate your hair with the tea mixture (don’t rinse), condition as normal, then blot dry with a towel or an old, cotton t-shirt. Tea rinses are also a great natural conditioner that leaves hair with a beautiful shine!
Fix a Broken Nail
Are there many things more annoying than a broken nail? Tea bags to the rescue, cut a small piece of your tea bag and press it against your broken nail, adhering it with nail glue. Gently file off the edges until they are completely smooth, and then seal the repaired nail off with a protective top coat.
DIY at Home Facial Steam
We love, love, love DIY beauty treatments and this is one of my favorites. Add 2 tea bag to your at-home facial steamer or carefully, and the key word is carefully, place your face over (approximately 6-8 inches) a bowl with boiling tea while your head is covered with a towel so the steam can’t escape. I love the soothing properties of Chamomile or Mint but have fun experimenting which aroma is most relaxing for you. You’ll only need to do this for 5 to 10 minutes for the steam to naturally open your pores, tone, and hydrate your skin.
Enjoy a Tea Bath
If a large part of your body is effected by something that tea can solve (i.e. sunburn, razor burns, nicks, cuts) take a tea bath. Toss about 5 green tea bags in a tub of warm (not hot) water. The vitamins and minerals released in the water nourish and moisturize the skin, fighting aging, hydrating your skin and increasing your elasticity. This is a great fix for those of us who bruise easily. Ruptured capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body, create bruises but guess what? The tannins naturally found in tea aides in constricting blood vessels, therefore stopping the leaking that causes the discoloration.
How will you be using tea bags in your beauty routine?
By Ashley Blakely, Authentic Beauty Contributor