January 28, 2009

Beauty Tip of the Day: Beau-Tea

We promote natural skin care here at Bidwell Botanicals. I have had many requests to share information so I've decided to try and post one easy beauty tip every day. (The keyword is try!)

Do you have dark circles and puffy bags under your eyes? Try using a few bags of your own, tea bags that is, as cool or warm compresses. Have your morning tea and share a cup with a friend. Wring out the bags so they are still damp and leave them on a plate or paper towel until they are slightly warm or cool to the touch. When they're ready to use lie back, put one tea bag over each eye and relax for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and rinse your face when done to remove any residual tea. The tannins in the tea help to reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes. Too rushed in the morning? Do it at night just before going to sleep.

Make sure you use caffeinated tea for the tannins. Try green tea as it contains a natural anti-inflammatory called Catechin (EGCG) that helps to ease puffiness and irritation. Use chamomile, lavender, rose or other herbal infusions for their soothing aromatherapy and anti-inflammatory properties.

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