With temperatures exceeding 40 degrees, this summer is expected to be very unkind. And with the scorching heat and harsh sun – bacteria, infections, dehydration, sunburns and tanning to affect our skin considerably.
The human skin is quite sensitive to the harmful effect of sun rays and so if not protected, wrinkles, brown spots, and dehydration can cause serious damage to our skin. Prolonged and continued exposure to UV rays is a chief cause of skin damage, premature ageing, and even skin cancer. During summers, complaints such as of excessive tanning, sunburns, itching on the face, neck or arms and red rashes are quite common. Excessive sensitivity to sun exposure is defined as ‘photosensitivity’ and can lead to photodermatosis. Exposure to the sun is also one of the primary reasons of skin ageing. But with some care and attention, including a few skincare practices, you can actually very easily get rid of the summer woes.
So as you gear up for the rising heat this summer, here are two important ways to optimize your usage of green tea for a happy skin:
- As a facial toner
Green tea is known to purify and exfoliate the skin. You can brew two cups of green tea, leave it to cool, and then transfer it to a clean, dry spray bottle. Now the liquid is ready for use which essentially acts as an herbal toner for the skin.
- As a body scrub
Green tea contains natural ingredients which can make your skin feel fresh. Don’t use it straight away, add one cup of sugar, one tbsp. of green tea, one tbsp. of green tea powder along with ½ cup of coconut oil, then mix everything well to prepare a natural body scrub.
Besides, Hasan Mukhtar, who is a professor and the director of research in the department of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, said that the anti-oxidant properties of green tea is the key to its skin defensive qualities. Of all the antioxidants presently known, the green tea components are the most powerful.
Antioxidants are those agents that can easily offset the effects of oxidant radicals. Oxidant radicals, also known as free radicals, are the byproducts of the body which can harm tissues and cells. Therefore, the role of antioxidants is to bind the free radicals and neutralize them before they can cause any damage.
Significantly, green tea also contains polyphenols which are called catechins. Catechins too are antioxidants by nature which are considered the most effective agents to help your skin fight against skin inflammation and cancerous growth.