I’ve spent many a crisp, cool day curled up on the couch with a cup of hot tea, a cozy blanket and a good book. It’s the best way I know to bring a sense of calm to an otherwise hectic day. Besides soothing my senses, sipping a cup of tea has many therapeutic benefits including antioxidant protection, anti-inflammatory properties, anti-aging benefits and the polyphenols in tea are even believed to have anti-carcinogenic properties.
For centuries, tea has also been used for beauty purposes and is still used in many a home remedy. You can use it to de-puff eyes, add shine to the hair and as a skin soother, but if you’re less the DIY type and more the OTC type you can still get your daily infusion since tea is found in a multitude of beauty products. You can find it in everything from skin care to hair care to fragrance and even makeup.
Here, a roundup of our favorite tea-infused beauty must-haves:
Dr. Brandt Lineless Foaming Cleanser ($40) can be used to easily and gently dissolve makeup and other impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. This foaming cleanser is formulated with apple fruit extract, tangerine leaf oil extract, green and white tea and grape seed extract to purify, soften and smooth your complexion.
Leontine Skincare Bath & Shower Gel ($16) can be used by everyone in the family, even those with the most sensitive skin. It’s a multi-tasker that works well as a shower gel, bubble bath and a shaving gel as well. It’s formulated with plant extracts to cleanse and nourish, plant-based emollients and essential oils to hydrate and it has an energizing, unisex scent with hints of green tea, citrus and sage to boost your mood.
Whish Restoring Body Oil ($28) will instantly restore, relieve irritation and hydrate parched skin with a special blend of green tea leaf, olive leaf extract, sesame seed oil and nourishing peptides. After use, skin appears more luminous, glowing, firm and moisturized.
Origins Eye Doctor ($37) is just what you need to diminish crow’s feet, de-puff under eye area and fade dark shadows. Apply twice daily — under makeup or alone — to reap the benefits of antioxidant green tea, cooling cucumber, soothing rosemary and energizing ginseng.
Replica Tea Escape Fragrance ($125) is reminiscent of a traditional Japanese tea service and easily transports you to a sense of calm. You’ll love the unique blend of green tea, bergamot, sambac jasmine and crisped rice notes that make up this scent.
Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow ($12 each) is available in more than 50 shades of neutrals, brights, lights, darks and everything in between. It can be applied dry (for a more natural look) or wet (for something bolder). The formula includes white tea extract for antioxidant protection from pollution and UV rays as well as micronized pigments for a long-wearing finish up to 10 hours. Goes on smooth, blends easily.