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Black Tea: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips

Black Tea: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips

Most of us know all about the health benefits–and pleasures!–of drinking black tea, but what you may not know is that tea is also a fabulous beauty aid. When applied to skin, its strong antioxidants along with vitamins E and C fight the free radicals that can cause premature aging. And tea is also an astringent that will help with puffy eyes and blemishes, as well as toning lips, perking up the complexion, highlighting hair, and making our feet smell sweet. Plus its tannins are great at soothing sunburns.

Find out all the fascinating ways that black tea can help you to look and feel more beautiful, right here:

Quick Fix for Puffy Eyes and/or Dark Circles
Make two cups of tea as usual, using two teabags. Place the used bags in the fridge. When needed, simply lie down and place one teabag over each eye. Allow to remain for 10 to 20 minutes.

Blemish Control
Next time a blemish makes an unwelcome appearance, simply place a warm teabag on it for several minutes. Remove the bag, but donít rinse off the tea.

Simplest Astringent Ever
Just splash your face with warm or cool black tea and donít rinse.

British Witch Astringent
Boil 1/4 cup water and add 2 teabags, steeping until cool. Remove the teabags, then add 1/4 cup witch hazel. Pour into a clean container and keep in refrigerator for up to 10 days. Soak a cotton pad with this astringent and apply to clean skin as often as needed.

Lip Toner
Tea will help your lips retain moisture and appear smooth: just apply a warm teabag to clean lips for 5 minutes. Donít rinse.

Sunburn Relief Compress or Bath
Boil 2 cups of water, add 4 teabags, and steep for one hour. Refrigerate until cool. Soak a clean cloth or cotton ball with the cool tea and apply to affected area, holding it in place for 15 minutes. Do not rinse. Repeat up to four times a day. OR–allow 5 or 6 teabags to steep in a tub of warm water. Soak in the tub for 10 to 15 minutes.

Bug Bite Zapper
To reduce the swelling and itching of many insect bites, just apply a cool used teabag to the affected area for several minutes.

Highlighting Hair Rinse
This will also darken hair while it adds shine and pretty highlights. Simply brew two cups of strong tea and use to rinse damp shampooed hair.

Sweet Feet
The tannins in tea help to fight odor-causing bacteria. Simply soak feet in strong tea for several minutes, then pat dry.

Read more: Beauty, Skin Care

By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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12:56PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

great tips.
Thank you

12:44AM PDT on May 2, 2010

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5:13PM PST on Mar 8, 2010

Very good ideas, thank you!

7:47PM PDT on May 14, 2009

Great tips here. Some my mother told me and others were new to me.

8:04PM PDT on Jun 5, 2008

You can also make a fake tan from black tea.

11:03AM PST on Nov 12, 2007

Noella - it's not quite the same, but Orange Pekoe is black tea. Breakfast/afternoon teas are some more common black teas, too.

9:05AM PST on Nov 9, 2007

Is black tea the same as Orange Pekoe? I don't recall ever seeing black tea by name.

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