Stick the Kettle On! Why Our Morning Cuppa Is Now Part of Our Beauty Regime

You probably wouldn’t think it, but tea offers a variety of benefits to our skin, hair and body. With a wide selection of different teas, the results are endless, here’s how. 

Puffy eyes

Late nights and early mornings aren’t a good combo. But I’ve got just the solution for you. Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, camomile tea is great for getting rid of those puffy eyes. You can also use green tea which will tackle dark circles at the same time. Simply wet two tea bags and place them under your eyes for at least 5-10 minutes. It is important to be consistent for best results. 

DIY body scrub

When you’re finished making your cuppa, don’t throw the tea bag away! Tea is packed full of antioxidants that make for a great body scrub! Let the tea bag dry out then cut it open to release the tea leaves.

In a bowl, mix the leaves with brown sugar, honey and olive oil, jump in the shower and scrub away to reveal smooth, soft and glowing skin. This can even help with slowing down ageing. 

Broken nail 

Tearing a nail after trying for so long to grow them out is up there with one of the most heart-breaking moments – not to mention the pain! Well, this hack is going to be a lifesaver. Grab an ordinary tea bag and cut a piece the same length and width of the rip in your nail. Then, dab some nail glue over the affected area. Use tweezers to place the teabag over the break and allow for the glue to dry. Once dry, buff over the nail with a buffer or nail file so that the surface is even and voila, all fixed, ready for a fresh mani! 

Hair rinse 

A tea rinse is the answer to all of your hair prayers. It helps to eliminate dandruff, reduce shedding and promote hair growth, leaving you with luscious locks – yes please!

Green tea is packed full of antioxidants that nourish your scalp and help to fight off dandruff, bacteria and fungus. It also penetrates the hair follicles which encourages hair growth.

If you’re suffering from shedding, then black tea is your saviour. Shedding is most commonly caused by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The caffeine in black tea blocks this hormone, allowing for your hair to grow endlessly. It is also known for thickening and strengthening hair. 

So, how do you do it? Simply brew a strong cuppa, using 2-3 tea bags and 2 cups of hot water. Allow it to cool then transfer the tea into a spray bottle. Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner, like normal and then you want to spray the tea all over your scalp and gently massage it in. Place a shower cap over your head and leave it in for at least 30 minutes before rinsing. It is advised to then deep condition your hair after. 

Written by Bryony Ghai