Green tea leaves containÂ Polyphenols, which Dr. Stephen Hsu, a cell biologist in the Medical College of Georgia Department of Oral Biology, has found, reactivates dying skin cells and assists with the adverse effects of UV radiation exposure.
At the same time, Green Tea protects your skin from UV radiation. Also, green tea can reduce redness. The bottom line is, green tea is a powerhouse for helping you fight wrinkles and have healthier skin.
For quite a high price tag.
But, if you can make a cup of tea, you can make a jar of your own green tea moisturizer, for pennies.
First, let’s start with a base of coconut oil. You could use olive oil, but aÂ 2013 study in the Journal of International Dermatology found that virgin coconut oil improved skin barrier function in patients with atopic dermatitis. There are also currently studies being conducted about the anti-aging benefits of coconut oil on skin.
You’ll also need some green tea, a a sliver of beeswax. The beeswax is optional, as you’ll be keeping your moisturizer in the fridge. But if you’d like the moisturizer to have a stiffer consistency, the beeswax is a must.
Green tea anti-oxidant, anti-aging skin moisturizer:
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of green tea leaves
- 1 teaspoon beeswax
Put your coconut oil in a glass, heat proof jar, like a canning jar. Add loose green tea leaves (rip open the tea bag), and beeswax if using. Loosely cover the jar with the lid. Place it in a pan filled halfway with water, and place it on the stove to simmer. Once the water comes to a boil, let the coconut oil simmer for at least an hourÂ — until the oil starts to turn that lovely shade of green.
Let the oil cool, and strain out the tea leaves. ( Save them for a facial scrub.)
Pour your nice green mixture into a jar. It’s best and safest to keep your mixture in the fridge — as it does not have the preservatives that department store moisturizers carry. Â The moisturizer will be “hard” when it’s cold. So, one solution is to keep a tiny amount of the jar at room temperature for you to use daily.