Green tea for health and beauty
So what exactly is so great about green tea? Tea in general contains a natural compound called polyphenols and it is the active medicinal ingredient that makes tea so healthy. Green tea however, has a higher percentage of polyphenols when compared to black tea and white tea. Many studies have shown that tea polyphenols has been helpful for LDL cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, weight loss, infections, and etc.
I know the two words “weight loss” must stand out to many readers and it is true! Green tea has been studied at the University of Geneva and the University of Birmingham to indicate that green tea is able to increase your metabolic rate which means burning more fat calories! I’m sure everyone is glad to hear that.
So why not replace a cup of coffee with sugar and milk with a warm cup of green tea? The answer to this question would be the caffeine in coffee that many of us are reluctant to give up in the morning! Not to worry though, because tea contains from 30mg to 90 mg per 8 fluid ounces. A regular cup of instant coffee has an average 60mg-80mg per 8 fluid ounces. Therefore, you can subtract the calories from the sugar but still be satisfied with caffeine boost!
Green tea is not only tasty and beneficial to our general health but also very good for the skin. The polyphenols that is contained in green tea is a great antioxidant that fights free radicals by absorbing them and also reducing inflammation.
DIY facial mask to incorporate green tea into your beauty regimen:
3 Tbsp. of cooled green tea
3 Tbsp. of rice flour
1 Tbsp. of honey
Mix all the ingredients together until it is a smooth and spreadable paste. If it is too thick than add some more green tea to the paste. After cleansing your face and patting it dry, apply the mask onto your face and neck area while avoiding the eyes and lips. Leave on the mask for 20-25 minutes. Finally, rinse off the mask and apply your regular moisturizer.