GREEN TEA DOES YOUR SKIN GOOD…
You should always focus on reinventing yourself; change is a good thing and won’t seem like such a task if you make it fun. As a makeup artist, I’m always looking for what’s new, what’s hot, and I’m always making a conscious effort to stay away from what’s not so hot. More recently, I discovered a little beauty secret for achieving healthy skin with a natural DIY exfoliator.
Beauty has different meanings and by all means…let your definition shine bright! Just because it’s winter and freezing-cold in some places, it doesn’t mean that your look shouldn’t continue to be your best. I’m almost sure everyone is in their “get sexy by summer body” state-of-mind and one of the most important and neglected things about “getting sexy” tends to be skin. People always forget about having healthy skin! Most times, it never even makes the list of things to improve. The biggest trend right now is clean and flawless makeup with your skin shining through or the “no makeup” makeup look. Subtle pops of color with no more than one feature standing out.
To achieve this look, many of us ladies have the misconception that it literally means “no makeup” and that is far from true. What it means is soft washes of color, a subtle glow, and skin that appears to be naturally perfected.
To create naturally perfected skin, one must do their best to naturally perfect their skin. You can’t paint over a sanded surfaced and expect a smooth result. You must buff away unwanted residue. It is the same concept with skin! You must exfoliate to remove the dead skin so your beautiful, new skin can shine through.
Most people don’t know that new skin cells are generated in the skin’s inner layer every 7-21 days and as they form, the old, dead skin cells are pushed to the outer layer of the skin. These dead cells tend to sit on the surface of your skin creating a dull, gritty, somewhat rough look which also clogs your pores causing acne or blemishes. Lucky for you I have an antidote…
Exfoliating the skin removes these dead cells. I’ve tried many professional, over the counter, and even homemade remedies. Recently I found a DIY recipe that I really liked and wanted to share (I’m so generous): This natural DIY exfoliating process requires green tea, sugar, and honey.
Plain Green Tea (for more concentration) is said to have anti-aging effects when applied to the skin. It also reduces wrinkles, blemishes and even repairs scar tissue (they had me there). Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid which boosts new cell production and breaks down the protein that keeps dead cells hanging onto your skin. Raw honey kills infections including acne while reducing inflammation, building collagen, and hydrating the skin. It also contains B6 vitamin, minerals, antioxidants, and antibacterial benefits. That all sounds great, right?
To create this scrub: Simply brew a mug of tea and open the tea bag when cool. Add pure natural cane sugar into the tea until the mixture has a gritty consistency (but where there is still moisture). Stir in a tablespoon of honey and mix thoroughly. Once you create a paste, rub and scrub all over your face in circular motions concentrating in dryer spots and rinse your face with cold water (make sure it is cold to close pores).
Once your skin is nice and smooth, you are ready for make up!