Skin care has gotten so sophisticated you practically need a degree in chemistry to read the labels on most products. This has prompted many people to look for simpler and more natural methods of achieving and maintaining a clear and glowing complexion. The benefits of drinking jasmine green tea have been known for centuries, but the very same things that make it good for your body also make it good for your skin.
What is Jasmine Green Tea?
Jasmine green tea is simply green tea with jasmine--a delicately aromatic flower--added to it. This mix of flavors dates back to the Song Dynasty in China (960-1279). The subtle sweetness of the jasmine makes it somewhat less bitter than other teas.
Why Is It Good For Skin?
Green tea contains powerful antioxidants called catechins. It also has strong antibiotic properties, and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which is especially useful in treating problem skin.
How Do I Use it On My Skin?
There are many skin care products on the market that contain jasmine green tea, but Green-Tea-Expert.com recommends that you make your own "Green Tea Soother" by purchasing fresh loose green tea, steeping it for 20 minutes in one quart of spring water that has been brought to 185 degrees F, allowing it to cool and then splashing it on your face. You can also put some on clean cotton balls and use it to spot-treat acne. For the best results, you should not dilute the tea or rinse it off. The leaf fragments left over from brewing your own loose tea may also be used as a very gentle exfoliant.
The remaining tea can be placed in a clean container and kept in the refrigerator.
You can substitute jasmine green tea, but only if it contains no artificial flavors.
You should not experience any side effects of using pure jasmine green tea on your skin.
Where Can I Get Jasmine Green Tea?
Jasmine green tea is available wherever tea is sold.
Emmy-award nominated screenwriter Brynne Chandler is a single mother of three who divides her time between professional research and varied cooking, fitness and home & gardening enterprises. A running enthusiast who regularly participates in San Francisco's Bay to Breakers run, Chandler works as an independent caterer, preparing healthy, nutritious meals for Phoenix area residents.