Beauty Secrets of Tea

Tea has active compounds that can have multiple helpful effects

Most people throw out their used tea without realizing these leaves have several other uses.(fotohunter/Shutterstock)
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By Lisa Roth Collins

The next time you brew yourself a pot of tea, you may want to set some aside for beauty’s sake. Perhaps you are familiar with the beauty tip that involves placing cooled brewed tea bags on your eyes to fight dark circles and puffy eyes. It turns out tea is a great candidate for other beauty secrets as well.

These can typically can be attained using black, green, or oolong teas, although occasionally another type is recommended. So get ready to learn about some new beauty tips using teas.

Beauty Secrets of Tea

Tea is rich in antioxidants, especially catechins and polyphenols, which are partly responsible for the beauty benefits it provides. Whether you drink it, apply it to your body, or even take it as a supplement, tea can give your skin, hair, and nails a real beauty boost.

Stop dryness. A cooled cup of green tea poured into a spritzer and applied to your skin can help with dryness while also removing toxins. Green tea on your skin also gives it a glow. No spritzer? You can apply the tea with cotton balls or a soft cloth as well.

Beat the bites. Mosquitos and other biting bugs can leave your skin with little unsightly bumps. Place used, cooled chamomile tea bags on those bumps to bring them down and fight the itch.

Love your locks. Use one to two cups of black or green tea as a hair rinse to bring out the luster in your hair. Steep one to two tea bags in 8 or 16 ounces of water and let it cool. Pour the cooled tea over freshly washed hair and let it stay on your hair for 10 minutes. Then, shampoo and condition your hair.

Save your shave. Who likes to shave their legs, especially when what’s left behind is irritated, red, itchy skin? Manage these irritations with cooled black tea bags held on your skin. Tannins in tea are the “secret” here.

Save yourself from sunburn. A refreshing and pain-relieving remedy from sunburn involves applying cooled, used tea bags on your skin. Steep 6 to 8 black tea bags in 8 ounces of water and let it cool. You can place the tea bags on your sunburned skin or, if the area is large, soak a soft cloth in the tea (it will be stained afterward, so use something you don’t need) and lay it on your sunburn. Leave the bags or cloth on your sunburn until the moisture is absorbed. Reapply as needed until you feel relief. Black tea can also reduce redness.

Promote collagen production. Collagen is essential for healthy skin, and hibiscus tea is a great source of vitamin C, which is necessary for the production of collagen. When you enjoy hibiscus tea, you will also be treating your skin to the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in this delicious beverage.

Eliminate foot odor. The “beauty” of this tip is you say goodbye to smelly feet. Soak your feet in a cooled concentration of black or green tea. The tannic acid can stop smelly, sweaty feet because it has antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Have grateful gums. If you lose a tooth or have one pulled, you will likely have painful or bleeding gums. Soothe those gums with a cooled black or green tea bag. You can also treat your gums by rinsing your mouth with a cup of warm peppermint tea mixed with a pinch of salt.

Combat acne and oil. Jasmine tea contains beneficial oils and has antimicrobial qualities that can help with oily or acne-prone skin. Brew some jasmine tea, let it cool, and apply it to your face.

Scrub your face. Don’t throw your used tea bags away. Dry them out, open them up, and use the leaves as a facial scrub. Rinse your face and then moisturize for a smooth, glowing face.

Boost hair color. Would you like to enhance your hair color naturally and skip a chemical approach? Then grab three to four black tea bags, steep them in 8 ounces of boiling water, and allow the brew to cool. Spray or pour the black tea on your hair. Leave it in your hair for 30 to 60 minutes, then rinse.

Get rid of rashes. Poison ivy and other rashes can respond well to tea. Steep 6 tea bags in 8 ounces of boiling water. Allow the tea to cool and then apply to a skin rash. Reapply the tea as needed or until the itching has subsided.

Tea Treatment

Nature has provided us with an amazing plant that provides not only delicious, nutritious beverages but beauty and health aids as well. Treat yourself and your body to the healing and beauty bonuses of tea today.

Lisa Roth Collins is a registered holistic nutritionist and also the marketing manager at, which first published this article.

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