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Simple 3-Ingredient DIY Facial Scrub with Green Tea Bags

How To Incorporate Green Tea Into Your Beauty Routine

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There are many health benefits and unique properties of tea and herbs when brewed and drank, but also when used topically on the skin. Since our skin is the largest organ in our body and absorbs almost anything that it is exposed to, it makes sense to explore the ways we can benefit from the components of tea when we apply it to our skin. 

I don't have a complicated beauty routine—shoot, I barely wear makeup. But, when it comes to tea, I always have plenty of it around and really try to spend more time on myself these days, especially early in the morning before the family wakes up, and after they go to bed. These few minutes of me-time make a huge difference in my happiness and mood. 

Does Green Tea Really Help the Skin?

Embrew Jasmine Honey Green tea bags have granulated honey already blended in with a pure, Chinese green tea with no flavorings, other than the jasmine petals layered in during the drying process. This makes it a great option for an easy and quick facial scrub full of powerful antioxidant compounds like EGCG, which are a type of polyphenol called catechins. 

EGCG (the full, long, impossible to pronounce name is Epigallocatechin Gallate) has been studied a lot and for many years because of it's amazing ability to protect our cells against free radicals (sounds like a total hippie state, but I'm telling you, they are NOT good). It can actually help fight against sun damage and help with inflammation in tissue like redness, swelling, and irritation.

Green tea is also antibacterial, just like honey and coconut oil, so applying it to the skin can help reduce bacteria that can cause breakouts. It also contains a good amount of Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E, which are both incredibly beneficial for the skin to make it firm and regenerate appropriately.

How to Use Green Tea Bags as a Facial Scrub. Two Different Ways.

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Here are two different variations of a nutrient-rich, home-made facial scrub with three simple ingredients (two, if you use Embrew Tea Bags with honey granules already inside). 

1. Green Tea Facial Scrub With Used Tea Bags

  • MATERIALS NEEDED:
    • 1 Embrew Jasmine Honey Green Tea Bag
    • A 10-12oz mug
    • 12oz of hot water (175-185 degrees, but not boiling)
    • 1 tsp of raw honey
    • 1 tsp of coconut oil (best to use soft, fresh oil so it's not clumpy)
    • Small bowl for mixing ingredients by hand
  • INSTRUCTIONS:
    • Gather your materials and heat your water.
    • Pour water into mug and steep tea bag for 3 minutes.
    • Pull tea bag out of the cup with your hand or a spoon and squeeze out excess water.
    • Tear open the tea bag once it cools and pour the moist tea leaves into the bowl.
    • Add raw honey and coconut oil to the bowl and mix into the tea leaves with your fingers until combined. Your mixture should be a consistency of a paste and look like this:
    • home made green tea face scrub with coconut oil and honey
    • Apply to your face over a sink to catch any of the mixture that falls. Massage well all over your forehead, cheeks, jawbone, nose, and neck for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy this part!
    • green tea facial scrub photo of woman in the mirror
    • Rinse off the scrub into the sink and towel dry your face.
    • Drink your tea, it should be the perfect temperature now!

2. Extra-Coarse Green Tea Facial Scrub with Unused Tea Bag

    • MATERIALS NEEDED:
      (same as above, but use extra coconut oil and you don't need honey, hot water, or a mug)
      • 1 Embrew Jasmine Honey Green Tea Bag
      • 2 tsp of coconut oil (best to use soft, fresh oil so it's not clumpy)
      • Small bowl for mixing ingredients by hand
    • INSTRUCTIONS:
      • Tear open the fresh, dry tea bag and pour the contents into the mixing bowl.
      • Add coconut oil to the bowl and mix together with the tea leaves until it's combined. It should be a coarse mealy texture and look like this:
      • extra coarse green tea bag facial scrub with coconut oil
      • Apply to your face over a sink to catch any of the mixture that falls. Massage very gently all over your forehead, cheeks, jawbone, nose, and neck for 1-2 minutes. You will feel the exfoliation, so be kind to yourself.
      • extra coarse green tea facial scrub woman in the mirror
      • Rinse off the scrub into the sink and towel dry your face.

    Which Green Tea Facial Scrub Is Better?

    I use both versions of the green tea facial scrub, the softer version with the used tea bag more often since I like to reuse the tea bags after I've made a cup to drink, but also because it is a more gentle experience. It leaves the face feeling refreshed, hydrated, and surprisingly not oily despite the coconut oil in there.

    The coarse scrub still has the honey granules in there, so it creates a much stronger exfoliating effect. This is good for me every week or two, but I don't need exfoliation all that often, so I'm using the first version much more frequently and I love how it feels during and afterward.

    I hope you add this to your self-care routine, it's a great way to get more life out of your green tea bags!

     

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