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We're having a tea party, and you're invited! Click through for 10 reasons why tea just might be your best beauty secret weapon.
Boost Hair Color
Create a color-boosting hair rinse! Simply steep two tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes, allow to cool—preferably overnight—and pour onto freshly washed hair. Allow the tea to sit on your hair for 10 minutes, and shampoo and condition as normal afterwards. Not only will your hair be shinier, but using green tea will also help it grow stronger and can reduce shedding and dandruff. Here's a quick guide if you're looking to enhance your color: blondes should use chamomile, redheads should go for rooibos and brunettes ought to opt for black tea.
Soothe Sunburns
It's summer, and sunburns are almost guaranteed to happen. This year, sooth those aches with tea! A cold compress made from tea bags can help relieve the pain and reduce redness quickly. The Beauty Department has a super-easy step-by-step guide that uses black tea.
Reduce Puffy Eyes
Don't toss those used sachets of Earl Grey! Reduce puffy eyes and dark undereye circles with cool Early Grey tea bags. The caffeine helps shrink blood vessels under the skin and eliminate those pesky dark circles.
Minimize Bug Bites
Mosquitos are undeniably the worst thing about the summer. But we've got an easy, tea-based solution for you! Sooth those itchy bites with a cold chamomile tea bag placed directly on the bite.
Banish Razor Burn
Don't ditch the cutoffs just because of a little shaving irritation! Soothe those irritating bumps and relieve painful nicks by applying a wet tea bag to the affected area. Make sure you use a tea with high tannins, as that's what will help provide immediate relief—white tea is a great option!
Stomp Out Foot Odor
So many shoes, so little time. Keep your summer pedicure fresh and smell-free with tea! Soaking your feet in a cooled solution made out of a strong boiled black tea will help cut down on odor. The antibacterial and antifungal properties in the tea will help your feet from sweating, thus reducing any funky smell.
Combat Acne
Many acne sufferers swear by bathing in or washing their faces with green tea to reduce acne. Also highly recommended: a soothing chamomile tea facial steam.
Reduce Scars
They say chicks dig scars, but do we really? Help reduce any injury- or acne-related marks by mixing 1/3 cup of hot white tea with 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, and apply to the scarred area with a cotton ball. Rinse after 30 minutes. Continued use will help diminish the scar's appearance.
Detox Naturally
This is kind of a given, but tea is one of the best known natural detoxifying agents. From aiding digestion and upping metabolism to giving you that extra boost of energy, tea can also help detoxify your body and give you an even healthier glow! But mix things up by trying matcha tea. One serving is nutritionally equivalent to 10 cups of green tea—that's one healthy sip!
DIY Face Mask
For this great at-home treatment, you'll need two bags of green tea, baking soda and honey. Tear open the tea bags and combine with equal parts baking soda in a small bowl. Combine a teaspoon of the tea/baking soda mixture with some honey. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. Green tea will help soothe your face, calming any irritation or redness.