Tuesday, July 27, 2010

How to Make Your Own Green Tea Antioxidant Facial Mist

Green Tea Facial Mist:

By now everyone has heard of the wonderful benefits of green tea (Camellia sinensis). Loaded with powerful antioxidants (catechins and polyphenols) that help at the cellular level, this tea has pretty much become a household product. Green tea is also known for its anti-cancer properties. A lot of coffee drinkers are actually substituting it for their morning "cup of joe." Drinking tea is not only healthier for you internally than coffee; it is actually beneficial for your skin topically. Many cosmetic manufacturers are using green tea as an anti-aging ingredient. It helps with telangiectasias (ta-lang-eck-tazjas) a skin condition where tiny blood vessels appear like a road map on ones face.

Telangiectasia is Greek for broken blood vessel. This condition is made worse from any substance that causes dilation of the blood vessels. Sun is a major vasodialator, as are alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. If you look closely at the skin of a sun-damaged client, you will see both large and small telangiectasias and large areas of very diffuse redness, called couperose. It may look like a red area of skin, but on closer examination, you will see tiny dilated blood vessels. A common place for telangiectasias is on the side of the nose. These are caused from years of nose blowing and wiping the nose with tissue. Individuals with high blood pressure may also have couperose and telangiectasia.

Large telangiectasia is normally treated with an electric needle, known as electrodessication. Smaller telangiectasia can be treated by estheticians with specialty creams or serums that contain vitamin K, which helps fad bruises. Some products contain horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), and extract loaded with bioflavonoid, known as vitamin P. Bioflavonoids help to strengthen capillary walls. Grape seed (Vitis vinifera) and green tea (Camellia sinensis) are also helpful for couperose.

As a licensed, practicing esthetician, I recommend that all of my clients make and use a mist as a regular part of their home skin care program. It is as easy as steeping a cup of tea. Boil water and add one green tea bag and let stand. Allow the tea to cool completely and then add it to a spray bottle and let it chill in the refrigerator. After cleansing and exfoliation, spray the green tea mist onto your face, liberally. Massage it into your skin and then spray more on again. Allow it to dry on your skin, and then apply your moisturizer and sunscreen. That is it. You can carry a small bottle in your purse and spray it on any time you want. Chill the tea bags and give yourself a great cold eye compress. This will help to alleviate dark circles.
Your skin will love this. Just remember that you must make a new batch every week as it tends not to stay potent for too long and will spoil. So there you have it. A great green tea mist spray that really works.



John F. Beavers
Licensed Esthetician
Co-owner of [http://www.fitzjeraldskincare.com]

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