The benefits of drinking green tea are endless. But did you know that it could also serve as an excellent ingredient for your beauty regime?

If health is your priority, then green tea could be your best friend. Research has proven that consuming this miraculous drink, which is packed with a variety of nutrients, can help in losing weight, improving brain activity and even prevent cancer. It has a small quantity of natural caffeine, which will give you the right amount of energy to go about your day as well. Some of the popular brands known for their green tea quality are Organic India, Basilur, Typoo, Twinings and Tetley.

But for some the tea’s somewhat bitter taste is terribly off putting. Fortunately, drinking is not the only way to reap the benefits of the tea. You can use it as a toner, scrub and even a moisturiser for your skin.

Green tea is rich in antioxidants and has anti-ageing properties. This means it can help you fight against problems like wrinkles, acne, irritable skin, hair fall and more. Luckily, there are now many brands that use this natural extract in their products. Alternately, you could also rustle up some recipes to treat your skin and hair with.

Face Scrub

Make your own face scrub with 1/3 cup boiling water, 2 green tea bags and 3 teaspoons of sugar. Let the tea brew in boiling water. Add the sugar when it cools down and apply the natural scrub on your face in a circular motion.

You can also use Juicy Chemistry Rice Flour, Orange & Green Tea Face Scrub to exfoliate your skin. Infused with natural ingredients, it cleanses the skin by gently removing oil and other impurities.

Face wash

Green tea contains catechins, which are anti-bacterial agents that work to remove dirt from pores, eradicate toxins from the skin and boost overall circulation. Try Citra Pimple Clear Face Wash, which uses the healing properties of Japanese green tea. It cleanses the skin and reduces pimples.

Avon also has a range of products which uses green tea for deep cleansing. Avon Natural Tea Tree Oil and Green Tea Purifying Cleanser leaves the skin refreshed and clean after removing oil and other impurities.

You can also try Lakme Clear Pores with Green Tea Extracts, a classic in the beauty market, for gentle yet effective exfoliation and cleansing of skin.

Skin Lotion

With a high concentration of antioxidants, tannic acid, theobromine and polyphenols, green tea helps in reducing inflammation and counteracts the damage caused by exposure to UV rays. A body lotion with green tea extract can not only detoxify and cleanse, but also hydrate the skin in the process.

Try Fabindia Green Tea Lotion, which uses organic ingredients to moisturise and hydrate without damaging the skin. It is gentle on skin and has a pleasant smell.

One can also try The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Lotion, which uses green tea from Japan to detoxify the skin, refreshing it in the process.

Additionally, invest in products like Vaadi Herbals Superbly Smoothing Heena Shampoo with Green Tea Extracts or Khadi Green Tea Aloe Vera Hair Conditioner, for repairing hair damage and stimulating hair growth.

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