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Can You Really Drink Your Tea From The Outside In?

You’re already a tea drinker! You know that with each delicious mug, you’re improving your health, vitality, and mentality. Whether you prefer a light white tea or a rich pu-erh, you’re sipping on antioxidants, catechins, and polyphenols that are cleansing the body. But, your leaves still have plenty of crime-fighting potential even after the flavor has been steeped away. Did you know that leftover steeped leaves (and stale tea leaves) can be used as part of a natural skin care regimen? Don’t let your leaves go to waste; Use these creative methods to get the most out of your loose tea.

Change Your Tone - Black Tea Pore Toner

Facial toners are a simple addition to a skin care regimen, and the 30 second swipe could see big results! After removing your makeup, this second cleansing step cleans deep within the pore. Usually, facial toners contain harsh chemicals, like alcohol, which dry out the skin and reduce sebum (oil) production. Black tea contains antioxidants called tannins that have natural astringency, lifting dirt and oil out of the pores gently. But, before you fork over $50 for four ounces of “black tea toner” at a beauty supply chain, make your own toner with fresh tea leaves! Steep and chill strong black tea, soak a cotton puff, and swipe generously around the face. Fresh!

I Do Want A Scrub - Loose Leaf Exfoliating Scrub


If you think your old, crispy tea leaves belong in the trash can… think again. Once the leaves have gone stale, they can be repurposed! Try crushing them up and adding them to organic coconut oil for a natural, exfoliating scrub! The oil helps to moisturize and remove stubborn makeup leftover on the skin. Meanwhile, the tea leaves gently stimulate blood flow and remove dead skin layers. As a bonus, this organic remedy is better for the environment than commercial facial cleansers, which typically contain tiny pieces of plastic called “microbeads.”

Tea Hits The Spot - Green Tea Acne Treatment

Store bought acne treatments contain benzoyl peroxide, which dries out the skin and inhibits bacterial activity. This unnatural remedy can also cause redness, swelling, and rashes on the skin. Fortunately, new research has shown green tea, which is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, can produce the same results without the side effects! To make a green tea spot treatment, simply apply steeped tea in a bag directly to the problem area. Or, for a super-concentrated option, use a small amount of matcha powder mixed with honey!

Don’t Be A Flake - Green Or Black Tea Hair Rinse

Green and black tea hair rinses are getting a lot of coverage these days. An alternative to the overly scented products we normally use, tea’s antibacterial properties cleanse the hair without stripping oils and drying out the scalp. Caffeine in tea is absorbed into our locks, making them luscious and promoting growth. Meanwhile, amino acids and vitamins are fed directly into each strand, nourishing and conditioning split ends and flyaways. The result is a lustrous, flake-free mane that’s sure to turn heads! Simply boil a pot of water (don’t worry about burning it, your hair doesn’t mind if it’s bitter) and add a generous amount of green tea. You can use a scented tea, like jasmine, to make your hair smell as delicious as you feel. How do you prepare this concoction? Allow the tea to oversteep, strain and cool. Soak your hair in the infusion. No need to rinse!

Cool It Down! - Black Tea Sunburn Treatment

You’ve had too much fun at the beach or pool, and now your skin is not having much fun at all? Instead of grabbing for a bright green bottle of “Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Polysorbate-20, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Benzophenone-4, Blue #1, Yellow #5, Fragrance” … whatever the heck all that stuff is… just steep some strong black tea, allow to cool, and apply liberally with a spray bottle! Tannins and theobromine in the tea leaves pull heat from, tone, and soothe irritated skin.

So Good, I Want To Bathe In It - Green & Black Tea Bath


If the nutrients in tea are great for hair, scalp, and face, why not use it for a full body soak? As it turns out, the properties of tea can be absorbed into skin cells and have myriad benefits! So, when it’s time for a gentle soak in the tub, don’t just bring a cup of tea to sip, toss it in the bathwater. Just prepare a hot bath, place black and green tea leaves in a sealed cheesecloth or filter, and allow it to steep in the tub. The relaxing aroma of tea helps the mind to unwind and relieves tension. Using a floral or sweet smelling tea will also amplify the therapeutic fragrances. If you decide to sip a glass of wine in lieu of the tea, you’ll still be getting all the anti-carcinogenic and rejuvenating benefits of your loose leaf!

Give Athlete’s Foot The Boot - Black Tea Foot Soak

Athlete’s foot is an uncomfortable fungal infection that causes itching and rashes on the feet. There are many topical creams and powders on the market that help to stop the colonization of the feet, but they can also dry out the skin and cause further irritation. Once again, the tannins in black tea come to the rescue! A super strong brew of black tea creates the perfect astringent and antimicrobial solution for soaking the feet and providing relief.


There are countless ways to utilize your leftover or stale tea leaves to create potions and treatments for your skin. This is a short list of some exciting ideas. But, since tea is a natural product, it can be used topically to prevent inflammation and soothe the skin without any risk of side effects. Be creative, and have fun! Whether you’re relaxing with some tea bags on your eyelids, or crafting up a matcha mask, your skin will soak up the nourishing vitamins and minerals and leave you with that green tea glow.