Thursday, January 8, 2015

Steeping Beauty: A dip instead of a sip!

Woo-hoo! Another winter has arrived. It’s not only cold, but the air is also very dry. Your skin may feel rough and tight like it’s going to crack no matter how much lotion you slather on. As you already know, tea has many medicinal properties. It is packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Definitely one of nature’s gifts! It’s my go to source that helps keep my skin soft and glowing.

Something I enjoy every once in a while is taking long, hot baths. Normally, I just used bath salts, but lately I've been adding tea to my soaks as well. You could just dump a couple of tea bags into you bath water, or what I do is use a sachet made of gauze material and fill it up with a couple of scoops of loose leaf tea. I use a tea that I've had for a while rather than using a fresh pack I just purchased. Would much rather save the fresher tea for drinking.

As the water begins to fill up the tub, the tea will slowly begin to unfold releasing its healthy goodness while you just lay back and relax, absorbing it all in! I usually soak for a good 20-30 minutes. Afterwards, I like to massage coconut or almond oil onto my skin just before toweling off. This will lock in some of the tea water. Then I just give myself a very quick pat dry to remove any excess moisture. That’s it! 

No tub photos of me!  Sorry...

Feel free to use any tea you like, as they all have their own unique health benefits. If you want to speed things up, you could just boil up some water and steep your tea in a kettle. Then, just pour the infusion into your bath water. A good steep and soak once in a while will do wonders for your skin!

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