Green Tea Goodness – Quench Your Skin At Tea-Time

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Green Tea Goodness

Loaded with antioxidants, green tea has recently made headlines for its many healing and preventative properties. And the very same elements that make it good for your body also make it great for your skin. Thanks to an abundance of flavonoids. powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect cells from environmental damage, green tea is twenty times more powerful as an antioxidant than vitamin E. Preliminary research suggests that green tea may be effective in cancer prevention, and a recent study in the Journal of Nutrition found that green tea consumption leads to a significant increase in the antioxidant capacity of blood, helping to protect DNA from oxidation.

For skin, green tea is believed to boost the body’s natural resistance to UV rays. Green tea not only makes sunscreens more effective but can also help soothe sunburns. It is also anti-inflammatory, helping to calm and cool sensitive skin, while shielding it from further irritation. In addition, the caffeine content of green tea stimulates circulation and promotes detoxification, making it useful in cellulite reduction treatments.

Not surprisingly, this wonder drink is increasingly popular on spa menus and in beauty products. From facials to pedicures, spas are making the most of green tea’s healthful benefits, and companies like Aubrey Organics and Aveda are incorporating it into items as diverse as sunscreen and hair coloring. Spa brands like Jurlique and Sonya Dakar have added green tea to many facial care products, and other companies are harnessing green tea’s calming aroma in body washes and perfumes. Start your summer with a head-to-toe boost by indulging in a green-tea based body wrap. The Spa at Camelback Inn’s Aromatherapy Tea Wrap slathers you in a potent green tea serum before wrapping you in steamy herb-infused linens, while Lake Austin Resort’s Green Tea Purification treatment uses green tea leaves for exfoliation, followed by a warm wrap, shower, and green tea lotion application.

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To tone up and slim down before hitting the beach, opt for a cellulite fighting treatment such as the Green Tea Body Mask at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale. After exfoliation, a nutrient rich mud with green tea is applied in a warming full body mask, encouraging detoxification and opening the pores to absorb nutrients from the mud and tea. If you’re a coffee-lover, don’t miss Agave, the Arizona Spa’s Green Coffee Body Wrap, which combines green tea with green coffee to smooth, firm, hydrate, and refine skin.

Longer, warmer days mean greater sun exposure from your nose to your toes, so prepare your skin with a green tea based facial at Missouri’s Spa Shiki, North Carolina’s Iatria Day Spa, or New York’s Exhale Spa. Or, if your skin is in need of total rejuvenation, visit the Sonya Dakar skin clinic in Beverly Hills for Dakar’s Custom Acid Peel, a client-tailored facial popular with Hollywood’s finest. For those hardworking feet, the Spa at Hotel Healdsburg in California’s wine country offers a Green Tea Mint Pedicure to refresh and restore feet to sandal-baring beauty.

Can’t get to the spa? Brew up a cup of the earthy tea for yourself and check out our sidebar of green tea based products and the do-it-yourself spa remedy. Your skin will thank you.

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At Home Green Tea Facial

Compliments of Ann Brown, Spa Director, Spa Shiki

Ground green tea (3 to 4 tea bags, opened)

Warm water

Mix the green tea with enough warm water to create a moldable paste. Apply to face and then cover your face with a warm, wet washcloth (The tea will stain the washcloth, so use an old one). Leave on for 15-20 minutes. For puffy skin (if you retain water), use caffeinated green tea, which will stimulate the skin. For sensitive skin, use decaf. Rinse with cool water.

Shopping List

Abba Creme-Masque Hair Conditioner, www.abbahaircare.com

Aubrey Organics Vegecell Nighttime Hydrator with Green Tea, Green Tea Sunblock for Children (SPF 25), www.aubrey-organics.com

Aveda Brightening Essence, Brightening Moisture Treatment, Aveda Protective Permanent Hair Color, www.aveda.com

Jurlique Day Care Face Cream, Herbal Recovery Gel, Face Wash Cream, www.jurlique.com

Sonya Dakar Green Tea Mask, www.sonyadakar.com

Te Tao Body Wash, Tea for Body Lotion, www.te-tao.us

Zia Natural Ultimate Moisture, Apple , Refining Mask www.zianatural.com

By Tanya M. Williams

Healing Lifestyles & Spas Team

Healing Lifestyles & Spas mission is to help our readers to live mindfully, eat joyfully, spa consciously.
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