When it comes to my beauty routine, I am always on the lookout for ways to utilise kitchen cupboard essentials alongside my usual skincare products as an affordable, effective and fun way to get the best out of natural ingredients and products that I know and love. Whether it be honey or yogurt in a face mask or olive oil as a quick cuticle treatment, there’s always something that comes in useful.
It wasn’t until recently, while I was sipping a cup of tea, that I reflected upon the benefits tea has on our bodies, especially when it comes to the appearance of our hair and skin. Teas are full of antioxidants and polyphenols (that lead to a glowing, healthier looking complexion) and they draw out toxins from our bodies and are a great way to stay hydrated. With these attributes, as well as their inclusion in many skincare products, I wanted to put tea to the test by trying out some DIY beauty recipes to see if applying topically worked just as well as consuming on a daily basis.
To help me on my quest, the lovely people at Adagio Teas sent me* a selection of teas to try out. Adagio Teas, are a family-run business with three locations, 2 in the US and 1 right here in the UK. They source their tea directly from the farmers who tend their teas to ensure that the teas are ethically grown, sustainable and the highest possible quality. The extensive range of teas come from far and wide from Argentina, South Africa and Egypt to India, China, Taiwan and Japan. Their products come in various different forms from loose tea to teabags, and they stock a wide variety of tea ware so you can always create the perfect brew wherever you are.
I received the beautiful petit teapot, glass mug, loose tea sampler boxes and biodegradable paper filters made from taste-neutral wood and hemp fibres. Each box contained four themed teas that came in individual pouches with directions on each pouch giving quantity and steeping time per cup to ensure that you get the most out of each tea.
The 6 DIY recipes i’ve chosen to try out are all very simple when it comes to preparation time and range from haircare and skincare to see if tea really can become an integral part of your beauty routine.
Hair rinses are a great way to improve the overall condition and appearance of your hair. When it comes to the benefits of tea on your hair, their are several varieties are useful thanks to the naturally high concentrations of antioxidants and caffeine that can strengthen hair, enhance hair colour and reduce shedding by blocking the DHT hormone which causes hair loss. I personally have mouse brown hair which is prone to period of excess shedding so decided on black tea which brings vitality to darker hair. Black Tea is the best for shedding and hair loss on any hair colour however if you’d like to brighten your natural hair colour, then opt for chamomile tea on blondes and rooibos tea on redheads to boost colour.
I chose an Indian Black Tea named Assam Melody, a classic black tea which isn’t too pungent in aroma. Simply brew the tea as instructed and add to a sterilised spray bottle and allow to cool. Spritz onto freshly washed/conditioned hair, and leave on for around 30 – 45 minutes before lightly rinsing.
My hair certainly looked shinier in its appearance and felt soft after use. I have noticed a reduction in the amount of hair i’m losing, especially when I brush my hair, however I would have to use the rinse on a longer term basis to discover whether it is the hair rinse that has helped or merely the weather and seasonal changes that have impacted my hair. As for the vibrancy of my hair, I haven’t noticed too much of a difference as yet but I feel I may need a little longer to determine if it has had any effect on the overall vibrancy of my hair.
I am a big fan of chamomile within my skincare however this was my first encounter with chamomile tea within my beauty routine. The reason why this particular DIY recipe is designed as a bedtime treat for the skin is that Chamomile has been proven to calm the senses and aid sleep, so this night time ritual will improve your overall wellbeing as well as your skin.
Wash your face with your usual products and then take a small amount from your cup of chamomile tea while it is still warm and apply it directly to the skin with a face cloth. Do this for up to 15 minutes, either by laying the cloth across your face continually or by dabbing it onto the skin in evenly spaced intervals. Once this has been completed, simply continue with the rest of your routine and have a restful nights sleep.
I must say that I enjoyed this one and would certainly utilise it within my skincare routine maybe once or twice a week or when my skin needed a little tlc. After using the chamomile tea on my skin, I have to say that it was certainly softer immediately after use. In the morning, my face looked awake and my skin felt soothed and ready for the day ahead. I liked the fact that I hadn’t had to do anything specific, as it was simply leaving a little of your bedtime brew to apply to the skin, and that it gave great results with very little effort. I’d like to try adding chamomile tea to a powdered face mask in the future as I feel this will become a great winter skincare remedy to soothe and nourish even the most sensitive of skin types.
I absolutely love facial steaming with flowers and botanicals as I feel it really helps my skin and provides an uplifting experience for both the skin and the senses alike. As green tea is one of the most common teas within skincare, it made sense to use a blend that incorporated green tea alongside some other skin loving ingredients so my skin could reap the benefits while the steam opened my pores. I knew I wanted to try a fruity blend but couldn’t decide between Citron Green, a blend of green tea, orange and marigold flowers or Raspberry Green, containing green tea, raspberry leaves, raspberries and rose petals – so I tried both! Simply add a spoon or two, depending on the size bowl you are using, fill with boiling water, leave for a few minutes and begin to steam (I like to put a towel over my head to maintain the steam but you can just put your face over the bowl for a more gentle steaming session if you wish).
Citron Green is a lovely citrus blend that is awakening on both the skin and the senses. The tea-steam left my skin feeling refreshed and ready for the day when used in the morning. I really enjoyed using this blend before applying a face mask as I feel like it really prepared my skin for my skincare products by opening my pores and ultimately improving the effectiveness of my mask.
Despite enjoying the Citron Green blend, I actually found the Raspberry Green more beneficial for my skin type, as my skin certainly looked rejuvenated after use. The antioxidant rich raspberries and green tea certainly improved the overall appearance of my skin after a few sessions of steaming and the fruity aroma was a lovely change from my usual floral steams.
I feel that tea-steaming is certainly something which I will continue using as it is easy to do, beneficial for the skin and has certainly improved the effectiveness of my usual skincare products. I can’t wait to continue experimenting with different blends to see what works best with my skin type. This is certainly a DIY skincare recipe I can certainly recommend.
There’s nothing better than the weekly face mask ritual as a skin boosting treat so I was keen to see how I could utilise tea, alongside a few other edible items, in place of my usual face mask.
I opted for Matcha Tea within my mask, as the powdered green tea makes for an effective ingredient within many DIY skincare recipes due to its anti-aging properties and high concentration of EGCG, a powerful antioxidant that can help protect from the damage caused by UV rays.
As a have dry skin, I mixed a few spoons of matcha tea with honey to create a silky consistency to improve the moisture levels of my dry skin as well as soothing irritations and preventing breakouts (although other ingredients such as yogurt, smashed avocado, banana or other soft fruits would also work equally well).
It may not look very appealing but the honey and matcha mask felt lovely on the skin, holding well and causing no irritation at all. After around 15 – 20 minutes of looking like The Incredible Hulk (or Shrek…you get the gist), I removed the mask with a warm, damp muslin to reveal skin that felt soft, smooth and deeply nourished. I feel like i’d have to use this over a longer period of time to determine if it has a more extreme effect on my skin but as a quick fix for dry skin, this mask certainly did it’s job and one which i’ll be using again very soon.
My favourite bath time treat has to be bath salts as not only do I love the way they make my skin feel but I also know the incredible benefits they have on the body itself (reducing aches, pains, swelling and ridding the body of toxins). These DIY bath salts were again incredible easy to make, as all you need is a spoon or two of matcha tea, a few spoons of sea salt and Epsom salts (or one or the other if that’s all you have) and a few drops of essential oils or your favourite body oil.
Once run under hot water, the bath will take on a strange green hue but don’t let appearances put you off as this salt bath blend made my skin feel amazing after use. Just 15-20 minutes of soaking, my skin was soft, supple and intensely nourished. I got out of the bath without feeling the need to immediately moisturise and my dry and flakey skin was no more.
The only downside is that you do really need to clean the bath after use as it does leave a little green residue around the tub. But as this was easy to wipe away, and my skin felt so good, I will definitely be reaching for the Matcha and salts again very soon – I think it could even be my new favourite Winter bathing ritual.
I really suffer from puffy eyes so am always looking a great way to reduce the puffiness, especially in the morning, before I apply my eye products and concealer. We all know the age old ritual of placing cold tea bags on the eyes but my usual breakfast tea from my local supermarket didn’t seem to have any effect and just left me with slightly tea-stained skin.
On this occasion, I decided to try another blend in the hope that it would be more effective that my previous attempts. Reaching for a green tea again, but this time utilising an Earl Grey blend seemed logical due to the caffeine content and addition of blue cornflowers (and fruity, orange aroma that was sure to help wake me up too!).
Earl Grey Green made for a lovely drink, and after steeping the two tea bags in my cup I could happily sit and drink my brew while letting the tea work its magic on my eyes. What I noticed straight away was how soft the paper filters are compared to traditional tea bags which was a welcome addition. The cool bags felt nice on my eyes and after around 5-10 mins, I removed them and have to say that my eyes felt somewhat refreshed and definitely didn’t feel quite a puffy as before use.
This is something I will keep trying to see if different blends do a better job but I have to say that the Earl Grey Green cold tea bag certainly exceeded my initial expectations. It’s a great zero waste way to try a DIY skincare fix and something which takes no extra time or effort to try out. My next blend of choice to try is the lovely chamomile tea that I hope will soothe and calm my eyes to leave them looking less puffy in an instant.
I have to say that i’ve been surprised at how effective these tea-based DIY beauty recipes have been as I wasn’t sure if they could perform quite as well as my other skincare products. The nice part about utilising something such as tea within your skincare routine means you can have fun experimenting with different blends without the fear of product wastage. All these DIY beauty products have been blended with products that you have around your home that you can reuse or consume – so if it doesn’t work, you can use them in other ways. Using tea is a cost-effective way to reap the benefits of what nature has to offer, and with such an extensive range of teas available from Adagio Teas, there is always a tea to suit your mood, taste preference or beauty needs.
Have you tried many DIY beauty recipes before? Is tea something which you’d like to try out in your beauty routine? Let me know in the comments below.
Emma @ Beauty Folio x
PLEASE READ *Disclaimer: I am in no way an expert on DIY beauty products and have written this post to show how I personally like to experiment with ingredients on my own skin. These recipes have been created from my own research online and in books about DIY beauty. I have adjusted them for my own skin type and hair type and what might work for me, may not work for you. These products were sent to me free of charge by Adagio Teas UK. This has not influenced my thoughts and opinions in this review as everything on Beauty Folio remains #triedandtested with honest feedback on each product. I will never give a positive review on a product I don’t believe in just because it has been #gifted, and each product i’ve received free of charge will be labelled as such.