Get the most divine tea-rrific DIY spa thanks to beauty specialist Tennielle Copson
WITH ALL THE STRESS OF PLANNING THE BIG DAY, IT’S IMPORTANT TO TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELVES. BUT RATHER THAN TAKING PART IN EXPENSIVE PRE-WEDDING TREATMENTS, HERE ARE A FEW BEAUTY IDEAS POWERED BY THE HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS OF ANTIOXIDANT-RICH GREEN
GREEN TEABAG EYE PATCHES
Step 1. Soak two green teabags in a glass of hot water for five minutes.
Step 2. Remove the teabags from the hot water and squeeze to remove excess water.
Step 3. Place the teabags into the fridge for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Step 4. Cleanse your face with cool water and pat dry. Step 5. Lie down and place the chilled teabags under your eyes. Leave in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
Alternatively: Take teabags from the hot water and place into cool water (rather than the fridge). Then, squeeze the water out and place them under your eyes.
GREEN TEA STEAM FACIAL
Step 1. Boil water and pour it into a large bowl.
Step 2. Take a green teabag, cut it open, and empty the contents into the hot water.
Step 3. Take a towel and place it over your head. Bend over the bowl, making sure your face isn’t very close to the water but is close enough to feel the steam. Stay under the towel for five minutes.
GREEN TEA AND PLAIN YOGHURT FACE MASK
Plain yogurt is packed full of vitamin D, calcium and protein, making it a great moisturiser. It is gentle on sensitive skin and helps reduce blemishes, acne, sunburns while the lemon juice in this recipe acts as a deep cleanser.
◆ 1 green teabag ◆ 2 tblsp plain Greek yoghurt ◆ 1 tsp lemon juice Step 1. Take a green teabag, cut it open and put leaves into a bowl. Step 2. Add yoghurt and lemon juice to bowl. Mix the ingredients together until they are well combined. It should look like thick white cream with lots of green flecks. Step 3. Using a facial mask, brush or spatula, apply the paste onto your face. Step 4. Leave the mixture on your skin for 25 to 30 minutes. Step 6. Wash your face with cold water and pat your face dry with a towel.
GREEN TEA FACIAL MIST Ingredients:
◆ 2 cups of brewed green tea ◆ Cooled water ◆ A few drops of essential oil of your choice (optional) ◆ A clean spray bottle
Step 1. Pour cooled brewed tea into the clean spray bottle. Step 2. Pour water into spray bottle to water it down a bit. Step 3. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Step 4. Label bottle and store in the fridge to cool.
RECOMMENDED ESSENTIAL OILS
Lavender — Relaxing and calming for all skin types Tea Tree Oil — Excellent for acne prone skin Peppermint or rosemary — suits oily skin
PERFECT FOR WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELLING ON YOUR HONEYMOON. CARRY IN YOUR BAG AND MIST YOURSELF TO HELP KEEP YOUR SKIN FRESH AND HYDRATED.