Here are three tea bag beauty hacks for a naturally glowing skin
Using organic ingredients in your skincare routine is a great way to gently soothe your skin and make it glow. Ayurveda has a saying that you shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t be happy to put into your mouth. This makes sense as the skin is such a receptive organ and is very good at absorbing what we put on it. Many cosmetics contain hidden chemicals that can be absorbed through our skin surface, so it’s important to really pay attention to ingredients and manufacturing processes.
Turmeric face mask
For centuries, turmeric beauty masks have been used across Asia, such as in the Ayurvedic tradition. Using turmeric this way can help to brighten the skin and make it look and feel fresh and clean. As a strong antibacterial, this wonder spice is effective against acne and eczema. It’s antioxidant properties also help support skin rejuvenation, helping to soften lines and wrinkles and give your face a more youthful appearance.
This DIY facemask recipe also includes avocado which contains natural oils that penetrate deep into the skin, helping to soften and hydrate. Yogurt contains lactic acid, that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as moisturising your skin.
What you need:
• 2 Pukka Herb’s Wholistic turmeric capsules or 1 Turmeric Gold tea bag contents
• 2 tablespoons organic avocado
• 2 tablespoons organic plain yoghurt
To make this simple recipe, simply mix the ingredients together to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. It’s best to use straight away or the avocado will oxidise and go brown!
Ginger Foot bath
A herbal foot bath is a feel-good remedy that supports circulation, supports immunity, relaxes the nervous system and support good sleep. Three Ginger tea bags are especially good for this as ginger both warms and energizes. It’s great when it gets chilly but also if you’re not moving around as much as normal- such as working from home at the moment.
What you need:
• 4 Pukka Three Ginger Tea bags
First prepare a ginger infusion- like a strong ginger tea, with litre of water and 4 Three Ginger Tea bags. Its great if you can add some freshly grated ginger too- then simmer for 15 minutes. Do not boil as you will lose the essential oils. Pour this infusion into a large bowl or saucepan that will comfortably take both feet, and add enough hot water to cover your ankles. Once its cooled down to a comfortable level (around 40 degrees) place your feet in and relax for 15 minutes to allow the ginger to warm and energise you.
If you think of your feet as like the roots of a tree, a regular foot bath with herbs helps keep your roots strong. You can do this daily to help unwind before bed.
Soothing eye compress
Tea bags are an affordable, natural option that you can easily try at home. Best of all you get to drink the delicious tea first as you can use the bag after it has been used. You can do this whenever your eyes feel in need of some TLC.
What you need:
• Two tea bags of organic tea
Steep two bags of tea as you would normally if you were going to drink the tea. Then squeeze out the excess liquid from the bags. Allow them to cool down so they’re warm, or chill them in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes. For reducing dark circles, bags under the eyes, puffiness, soothing red eyes, you can use cool tea bags. Holding a cold tea bag over the area may make the vessels constrict.
Apply the tea bags to closed eyes and relax for 15 to 30 minutes. It’s a great time to listen to some calming music, meditation or audiobook. A restorative yoga pose could help you relax from the stresses of your day while you’re doing your tea bag treatment.
- Chamomile, or green tea can be effective in treating and refreshing sore or red eyes. Their anti-inflammatory properties helps to reduce any swelling or inflammation that accompanies irritated eyes. But don’t worry if you haven’t got either of these as you can use any tea bag for this.
Safety tips: Never use hot tea bags, remove contacts and eye make-up before doing the treatment and avoid rubbing or touching your eyes.