Benefits of Black Tea Skinning? Before we dive into the secrets of a beautiful complexion. Let's start from scratch:
What is Black Tea Skinning?
Simply put, it refers to using black tea as a topical application for your skin: It's tea time not only for your taste buds but also for your face!
Black tea, the most potent variety that comes from Camellia sinensis plant, has been used for centuries, not only as a refreshing beverage but also as a healing agent.
The concept of Black Tea Skinning comes from both ancient and modern practices, a unique blend of past wisdom and current trends.
There are a number of great reasons why you might want to include this facial into your anti-aging routine. Here are a few potential benefits of applying it topically:
Many people ask about it's use for getting rid of brown spots and lightening the skin. While it won't work like a skin bleaching chemical, according to studies, it can help lighten your complexion, over time.
Here's how it works to lighten skin:
Black tea helps block Melanin. It does this by stopping an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is used to make melanin, the stuff that colors our skin.
When we have less melanin, our skin looks lighter because there's less of the stuff that makes it dark.
This is based on a study in Toxicology Research1, where brown guinea pigs were used to check what black tea does to skin. They found it makes skin lighter by reducing the number of cells (melanocytes) and structures (melanosomes) that make and store melanin in the skin.
This makes the skin look lighter and more even in tone.😊
Let’s brew some beauty!
Preparing this brew for topical use is much like making your morning cuppa. We cover some basics here and then provide a step-by-step guide on how to use the tea for your face in the section below.
Just a few notes before we get started:
Make it Strong: You want to make sure you brew a very strong cup. It's best to seep it for at least 1/2 hour.
Why is this important?
The stronger, the more potent the antioxidants, resulting in more effective results! Remember, antioxidants are like little soldiers, fighting off harmful molecules, called free radicals, that can harm our skin and make it age faster.
Test if You're Sensitive: If your complexion is sensitive, test a small area first. Do this by applying a small amount to the inside of your wrist or elbow. Give it a few hours to see how it goes.
Important: And always allow it to cool before putting it on your face!
Black tea skinning for your face is a simple process. Here's a step-by-step guide:
Materials You'll Need:
1. Prepare: Place one or two black tea bags into a cup of hot boiled water.
2. Let it Steep: Let it sit in the hot water for about 30 minutes. You want it to be strong, so it extracts as many beneficial compounds as possible.
3. Cool Down: After steeping, remove the bags and let the brew cool down. You can speed up the process by placing it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Reserve the bags, you can use them for other purposes, like puffy eyes. More on that below…
4. Optional Additives: You can add a teaspoon of honey or aloe vera gel. Honey can provide additional hydration, while aloe vera has soothing properties.
5. Cleanse Your Face: Start with a clean face. Use a gentle cleanser to remove all makeup.
6. Application: Soak a clean cotton ball or pad in the cooled brew and squeeze out any excess. Then apply to your face. Use a gentle patting or circular motion, ensuring even coverage from your forehead to your neck.
7. Relax: Let the tea sit on your face for about 10-15 minutes.
8. Rinse Off: After the allotted time, rinse your face thoroughly with water. Make sure there's no residue left behind.
9. Moisturize: Finish the process by applying your favorite moisturizer.
10. Frequency: Use this treatment once or twice a week, depending on your needs.
The caffeine and tannins help constrict the blood vessels and capillaries under the skin. This can help reduces puffiness and might help brighten the area over time.
How to use it:
I have to caution you, this peel is sticky! But, it does help get the "gunk" out of your pores.
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You can use this mask once a week for exfoliation and skin rejuvenation.
Tea leaves are slight abrasive, which makes it a good, yet gentle scrub. It won't damage or scratch your complexion.
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This mask can help increase hydration and clean pores.
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A toner can help restore pH balance and remove excess oils and dirt.
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There are so many benefits of black tea skinning. From natural masks and peels that eliminate dead skin cells and impurities for a brighter complexion.
From natural masks to peels to remove dead skin cells and impurities, to improved skin tone, and a brighter complexion.
I love to use botanicals like tea extracts. They're a natural and gentle way to combat aging skin, reduce inflammation, redness, and puffiness. 2
Plus, it's a "cheap way" to promote a healthy complexion while add an anti-aging routine to your skincare.
Also, don't forget to drink a cup or two while you're making your anti-aging complexion brew. That’s a win-win! 😊
Not interested in making your own tea masks? There are some excellent and inexpensive masks and peels on Amazon.
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