As Liz pointed out earlier today, you don’t need to go to the spa to pamper your face. In case her post has you inspired to try some do-it-yourself facials, here is Christy Coleman’s recipe for reviving tired skin and puffy eyes:
One of my all time favorite home beauty routines incorporates freshly brewed green tea, as a refreshing and antioxidant packed facial toner. Not only is it soothing to the skin because it is kept nice and cool in the fridge, it is rich in powerful antioxidants that are incredible for helping to reduce redness and inflammation, preventing sun damage, killing bacteria, toning, refreshing and tightening pores. Using an iced tea pitcher, I brew fresh green tea leaves weekly, and use the full pitcher throughout the week. I love the one that I have made by Lupica Fresh Tea.
Simply place a single tablespoon of fresh green tea leaves into the strainer and pour boiling hot water into the pitcher to start the brewing process. let the tea brew for about 5 – 10 minutes while it is hot, and then place it into the fridge to cool overnight. The next day it is nice and chilled and perfect to use. I like to keep the tea leaves in the pitcher throughout the week for a more concentrated brew. Pour the cold tea over two organic cotton rounds and smooth it over your face and neck, once in the morning and again in the evening. If you have a couple minutes it is especially wonderful for the eyes and helps to reduce puffiness – Lay down and place the cool green tea cotton rounds over your eyes and rest for about 5 minutes. Your skin will be feeling refreshed and looking good in no time.