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?
It doesn’t have to cost much either when you make it yourself. You can pay a premium for brand name products like Proactiv green tea moisturizer, but you can also take the organic approach instead and make a DIY moisturizer using green tea.
There are plenty of 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 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 tea skincare products, you can make substitutions, you can adjust the amounts of oils for stronger or weaker products, you can change up the scent, and it’s usually not going to throw things off too much, like cooking to taste.
We’ll be looking at three different methods that we’ve curated from around the web, so make sure you show some love to the people who originally formulated these recipes.
1. 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, just use your favorite green tea and follow along:
If you like to support charity with your purchases, Newman’s Own has a line of tea that would work great. Numi Tea is also worth checking out, along with the countless other tea brands we’ve featured on this site.
2. Here’s a VERY easy method by HelloGlow
Some people swear by coconut oil, 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 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:
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 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 thorough and complex, which brings us to our final method of the 3 we’re featuring today.
3. Robust Green Tea Face Cream
This one 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 work’s the elbow grease! [source]
“What You Need:
- .25 oz (by weight!) bees wax. 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 Rose Hip 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 mixture with your hand mixer, periodically scraping down the sides, until lotion is room temperature and creamy.
- Store green tea face cream lotion 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 blog to help you make sure you’re getting it just right.