Who doesn’t want better skin? What if we told you that green tea moisturizer can help to moisturize, and improve the health and appearance of your skin without clogging pores?
It doesn’t have to cost much either when you make it yourself. You can pay a premium for brand name beauty products like Proactiv green tea moisturizer, but you can also take the organic approach instead and make a DIY moisturizer using green tea found at your local health shops.
There are plenty of moisturizer products available on the market, but we’re not going to be looking at those: we’re going to be looking at how you can make your own, instead.
DIY Skincare using Tea?
If you’ve never made your own skin care moisturizer products before, don’t be intimidated, it’s actually really easy! It’s more like cooking rather than baking (Since with baking, you have to get everything perfectly or it might not work at all on a scientific level). With DIY green tea skin care products, you can make substitutions such as adjusting the amounts of oils for stronger or weaker products, changing up the scent and other preferences.
We’ll be looking at three different skin moisturizer recipes that we’ve curated from around the web, so make sure you show some love to the people who originally formulated them. But, before we get into more detail about how to make your own green tea moisturizer, let’s take a look at how it can help with oily skin types, beauty enhancement and the reduction of free radicals.
The benefits of using green tea as a moisturizer
Helps to neutralizes free radicals
EGCG is a powerful antioxidant and key polyphenol that can be found in green tea, and acts as an effective defence against free radicals. So, what are free radicals exactly? Well, they are molecules that already exist within our body and surroundings, but external influencers such as smoke, smog, pollution and UV exposure changes their makeup, eventually mutating them into something harmful.
In today’s modern world, we are all exposed to more pollution than before, which is why we need to do what we can to safeguard against them, including applying moisturizer. By having too many free radicals, their effect on the body can begin to manifest, resulting in accelerated signs of aging and cell degradation. By using green tea moisturizer, you can help block the UV and pollution enter your body, resulting in better overall health.
Slows signs of aging
As mentioned in the previous point, free radicals as the result of UV light and increased pollution can contribute to faster aging of the skin and appearance. The antioxidants found in green tea goes a long way to combat these effects by neutralizing free radicals and reducing oily skin. It doesn’t matter which kind of green tea you use for your beauty treatment, but we do recommend trying out one of the recipes we outline below. They are easy to make and can only benefit the signs of aging on different skin types, as well as creating a natural barrier against free radicals and polluters.
The caffeine found in green tea moisturizers can also behave as a regulator for oily skin or acne-prone skin. People with oily skin typically have larger pores, so by tightening them up with green tea moisturizer, you can reduce the amount of skin-surface oil, with clear beauty benefits.
The caffeine content in green tea can also act as a topical vasoconstrictor which helps to reduce inflammation and redness on many different skin types. Using green tea moisturizer is especially useful for people with sensitive skin, or with conditions such as rosacea.
Vasoconstrictors such as caffeine can help to reduce redness by constricting the blood vessels that cause the problem, reducing the overall rush of blood to the surface of the skin. It’s this blood that gives skin the red and blotchy appearance.
Moisturizes dry skin
Green tea moisturizer is normally non-greasy, but can still have strong moisturizing benefits on dry skin, without over-moisturizing skin that is naturally more oily. The best part is, that you’ll know that what you put on your skin will be completely natural, with very little scope for side-effects. If you have a dry skin type, green tea moisturizer should be applied alone or under makeup.
Types of green tea
While this isn’t an article about the different types of green tea, we thought it might be helpful to give you a quick look at the different options out there, so that the next time you’re at the shop for your moisturizer ingredients, you’ll know what to buy. Here are some of the most common green tea choices you can get to help soothe your skin type:
- Gyokuro – Our recommendation: Tealyra premium Gyokuro Kokyu
- Genmaicha – Our recommendation: Tealyra Gen Mai Cha Supreme
- Sencha – Our recommendation: Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha
- Biluochun – Our recommendation: Oriarm Loose Leaf Biluochun
- Hōjicha – Our recommendation: Tealyra Hojicha Roasted Green Tea
- Longjing – Our recommendation: Cha Wu-[B] LongJing Green Tea
- Matcha – Our recommendation: Matcha Love Japanese Matcha
Green tea moisturizer recipes
Now that you know the benefits of green tea moisturizers and how they soothe acne-prone skin, oily skin and other conditions, let’s take a look at a few beauty recipes that you can try.
Let’s start with a video by Ela Gale which results in an excellent DIY moisturizer made with green tea.
You don’t need anything fancy to make this beauty moisturizer: just use your favorite green tea and enjoy the benefits:
If you like to support a charity with your purchases, Newman’s Own has a line of tea that would work great for oily skin and difficult skin types. Numi Tea is also worth checking out, along with the countless other tea brands we’ve featured on this site. All you need to do is apply daily as needed and you can soothe some of your skin issues.
Here’s a VERY easy method by HelloGlow
image credit: helloglow.co
Some people swear by the benefits of coconut oil in their tea moisturizer, and others say it clogs up their pores. Remember, everyone’s skin is different, so if you’re trying something new for the first time, you may want to start on a smaller patch of dry skin and see how you react to it first. Having said that, coconut oil is a popular choice for moisturizers and face creams, and here’s how HelloGlow does their Whipped Coconut + Green Tea Moisturizer:
author: Stephanie Gerber [source]
image credit: helloglow.co
Ingredients to use (Simple!)
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons loose green tea
- Use a double boiler on medium heat to melt the coconut oil. (TeaPerspective note: Some people recommend not bringing the oil into direct contact with the heat, and instead using a double-boiler method to melt it, as they say the heat can damage some of the helpful properties of the oil)
- Stir in the green tea.
- Cover and simmer on lowest heat setting for 1 hour.
- Strain tea from oil with cheesecloth.
- Let cool until almost solid.
- Then whip the moisturizer mixture until creamy, 3-5 minutes.
So there’s a very simple way to do it, but you might be looking for something a little more d complex, which is needed to alleviate dryness and blemish-prone skin. Here is our final method:
Robust green tea moisturizing face cream
This beauty moisturizer comes to us from Say Not Sweet Anne, and it’s got a lot more ingredients and is going to take you longer to make, but it will also give you a result that is non-greasy and suitable for a range of skin types. [source]
What ingredients you need:
- .25 oz (by weight!) beeswax. Grate the wax, or you can buy it in pellets. Avoid wax made for candles, as it can be mixed with other things and be scented. 100% pure bee wax is what we’re after here.
- 1 oz almond oil
- 1 oz coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp RoseHip Seed Oil
- 1 packet organic green tea
- Sterilized container to store lotion in
- A chocolate melter or double boiler
- A deep, heavy cup and a hand mixer
- Fine sieve or tea strainer
How to make it:
- Clean and sterilize all of your equipment. This lotion has a longer shelf life because it is oil only, but we don’t want to create a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Combine wax and oils in a double boiler or chocolate melter. Allow everything to melt together.
- Open the tea bag and pour loose tea into the oils. Let the mixture warm and extract from the tea for 15 minutes.
- Strain oil mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a deep cup. (I used my pyrex measuring cup.)
- Whip the moisturizer mixture with your hand mixer, periodically scraping down the sides, until the moisturizer lotion is room temperature and creamy.
- Store green tea moisturizer in a cool dark place. Keep in mind that lotions have a shelf life. Do not use anything that looks or smells wrong. That said, oil only lotions have a very long shelf life.”
Make sure you visit the source site for this one, Kayla has done an excellent job with this recipe and has some very helpful photos on her beauty blog to help you make sure you’re getting it just right.
Skin care the natural way
So, there you have it. Three different recipes to create your very own green tea moisturizer. If you suffer from dry skin, sensitive skin or acne-prone skin, using a moisturizer is a great solution for many different skin types. Did you know that you can even take a green tea bath? However, if you have serious skin conditions and have easily irritated skin, always consult with a dermatologist before starting any of your own treatments.