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  • Green Tea: A Potent Beauty Drink

  • Posted by Kamala on August 30, 2011 at 12:08PM
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  • I've been a Diet Coke addict for most of my life, but there came a day when I made that life-changing decision: I wanted to quit. And let me tell you, it was a lot harder than I expected it to be. I was suffering from major caffeine withdrawals, which no amount of coconut water could ease.

  • It was then that I went on the ravenous search for Diet Coke's replacement in my life, and I found it in green tea. The caffeine in green tea satisfies my cravings for soda, making it a lot easier to get through the day without snapping at my co-workers or falling asleep on a stack of Post-its. After some additional research, I discovered that there are a lot of benefits associated with my new caffeine fix, from healthy skin to a better smile. Here they are:

  • Better Skin. Green tea is filled with antioxidants that cleanse your body from the inside out, eliminating toxins that damage your skin. Not only can green tea help prevent those unsightly sunspots and wrinkles, but it also helps to fight blemishes and reduce redness -- and puffiness -- causing inflammation. Oh, and for all you eczema sufferers out there, skin specialists say that sipping on green tea daily will help reduce your symptoms and is 20 times more powerful than vitamin E.

  • Here are a few tips to get even more from that cup of green tea:

  • 1. Use it as a toner. After you've finished cleansing your skin, take your leftover tea bag and gently wipe it across your face. For a more refreshing approach, refrigerate a cup of green tea then dip a cotton ball in it and apply to your face and neck. Green tea is less harsh on your skin than most alcohol-based toners and is a natural astringent, so it helps close up your pores and gives your skin a more toned look.

  • 2. Swap it for your exfoliator. Cut open your tea bag and spread the tealeaves all over your face. Gently massage your skin in a circular motion. I do this frequently and have noticed a brighter and smoother complexion.

  • 3. Apply it to a blemish. Place a hot tea bag on your pimple and hold it against the area for one to two minutes. Repeat this for several days until your zit is gone. I find this really helps my pimples disappear fast.

  • Whiter Teeth. I was pleased to find out that green tea is a natural source of fluoride that not only protects your teeth from tooth decay and plaque build-up, but also helps fight bad breath. I won't feel so guilty next time I forget to brush after that cup of tea.

  • Weight Loss. According to dietitian Wendy A. Albovias, RD the polyphenols (an antioxidant) in green tea help you burn more fat. Albovias also says that green tea may be helpful in treating health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease thanks to its high antioxidant content.

  • Not convinced green tea tastes good enough to swap it for that can of cola? Choose a tea that's flavored (I love fruity green teas) or stir in some honey. And if you're trying to steer clear of caffeine, there are decaffeinated options out there too.

  • So, are you up for making green tea your new go-to?

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  • Member Comments

    Your Comment:

    • Green Tea is a great drink to add to your menu at least 3x's a week.

      by Janann Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 07:16PM Report as inappropriate

    • Very informative! I may not be able to forgo my morning cup of coffee, but this does motivate me start sipping on green tea in the afternoons.

      by HeathRene Friday, August 17, 2012 at 11:41AM Report as inappropriate

    • Am I the only one whose teeth turned green when I tried green tea??? And I'm talking green like grass. Even though I knew it was good for me, I couldn't hack the green teeth so I gave it up and the green color faded away. I just went cold turkey to get off the diet coke. That stuff is poison.

      by alictasia Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 04:56PM Report as inappropriate

    • Green tea is great, but I still have to have some diet Coke, too!

      by clunygrey Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:01AM Report as inappropriate

    • I love minty green tea. Now If I could get myself to drink as much of it as I do coffee. :)

      by Taylerbootz Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 12:08PM Report as inappropriate

    • I love green tea. I drink it on a regular basis. It's good to know that there are other uses as well. 2 thumbs up on the blog post ;)

      by joan_carman Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 05:53PM Report as inappropriate

    • I'm a huge fan of green tea with mint. You've inspired me to try it as a toner!

      by azdrienne Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 05:56PM Report as inappropriate

    • love this!

      by vitaskin Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 05:16PM Report as inappropriate

    • I love the idea of drinking green tea but the taste has been a major turn-off every time I've tried it. Now I'll look for a fruit-flavored green tea - thanks for the tip!

      by Jewelrydesigner Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 10:09AM Report as inappropriate

    • The biggest fan of Green Tea, I drink it all throughout the day. There are plenty of little tips that I was told to use Green Tea for. I never even though to use it as a toner, awesome idea since every toner no matter how gentle tends to burn and then really dry my face out. I know using green tea bags is great for when a new mother is breastfeeding. Love it and will keep using it!

      by Jonealle77 Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 09:06AM Report as inappropriate

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