Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and other healthful compounds, tea is considered one of the healthiest beverages in the world. But tea isn’t just good for you when you enjoy a delicious cup in the morning or afternoon. You can take advantage of the benefits of tea even if you're not drinking it.
With its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-ageing properties, tea is a great natural remedy for your skin. It helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, gets rid of acne and blemishes, and helps you with puffiness, redness, and irritation. Find out how you can make your own beauty mask for healthy and clear skin with Uzuma Meraki and Uzuma Mangata tea!
Green tea like our Uzuma Mangata tea is the least processed tea, which makes it particularly healthy. Of all types of tea, it contains the most antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that directly benefit the health of your skin! Antioxidants can tackle free radicals, which are harmful substances that damage cells in our body. This way, green tea can reduce and even prevent damage to your skin. But green tea has more benefits; it also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so it can help with common inflammatory skin problems like acne or dermatitis. Green tea is also rich in vitamins C and E, vitamins that support smooth skin, brighten your complexion, and encourage healing.
Black tea like our Uzuma Meraki tea can also provide many benefits for healthy skin. It is rich in polyphenols and tannins, which have a rejuvenating effect. Because of that, black tea is also often used as an ingredient in homemade and commercial beauty products. The active compounds in black tea—catechins and flavonoids—are effective against skin infections, where they help with acne and blemishes. The antioxidants and vitamins in black tea protect your skin from premature ageing and wrinkles. Black tea is also very effective if you want to get rid of puffiness under your eyes.
Researchers found that black tea can help prevent common skin problems due to excessive UV exposure. When you drink black tea on a regular basis, this can decrease the risk for skin damage such as skin pigmentation and other skin-related issues.
You can drink tea regularly to experience its holistic effects from the inside, but you can also apply tea topically to take advantage of its many benefits for healthy skin. Here are two recipes for tea face masks that you can make with Uzuma Meraki and Uzuma Mangata tea!
The Uzuma Meraki tea face mask is a great mask that helps treat and prevent blemishes, as well as premature signs of ageing. It is very simple to make and only uses three ingredients (plus water). Try the Uzuma Meraki face mask for a healthy and radiant appearance.
Makes enough for 2–3 applications
1 tbsp (2–3g) Uzuma Meraki tea
¼ cup hot water
1 tbsp honey (raw organic honey is best, but regular quality honey works too)
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
The polyphenols, flavonoids, and tannins in the Meraki tea soothe irritated skin and encourage skin regeneration, while preventing pimples and blemishes. The caffeine in the Meraki tea also works to reduce puffiness.
Honey has long been used in beauty and skincare since it is naturally antibacterial. It helps in both treating and preventing acne. And just like tea, honey contains antioxidants. Honey is also very good for moisturising and soothing your skin.
Lemon juice has natural antibacterial properties, and the citric acid it contains mildly removes dead skin cells, making your skin more smooth and radiant. Lemon also helps reduce the appearance of scars and age spots.
1. Fill the Uzuma Tea Infuser with Meraki tea. Put the infuser in a cup and pour hot water over it. Let the tea steep for 2–3 minutes. Remove the tea infuser and drain the water. Remove the tea leaves from the infuser. Using paper towels, squeeze out as much water from the leaves as possible. Put the tea leaves into a small mason jar or some other container with a lid. Add the honey and lemon juice and stir.
2. Drape a towel around your neck and make sure your hair is pulled back. Take the mix you just prepared and apply generously to your skin. Avoid eyes and mouth. Leave on for 5 minutes.
3. If you want, you can steep a couple additional black tea bags, squeeze out the water, and apply the still warm tea bags under your eyes to help with puffiness while you have the mask on!
4. After about 5 minutes, use your fingers and in small circular motions gently massage and exfoliate your skin. Rinse with warm water. Should you have particularly dry skin, you can now apply a moisturiser.
5. You can store any leftover mask in the refrigerator. Make sure to allow the mask to come to room temperature before you use it.
A superb face mask that combines the cleansing power of Uzuma Mangata tea, lemon juice, and turmeric. Loaded with antioxidants and a potent anti-inflammatory effect, this face mask cleanses your skin, promotes healing, and prevents damage from the sun. It can also lighten blemishes and spots.
2 tbsp (4–6g) Uzuma Mangata tea
½ tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 pinch turmeric powder
The green tea in Uzuma Mangata is especially rich in beneficial antioxidants. It protects your skin from UV damage and reduces signs of ageing. The vitamins and minerals in green tea nourish your skin and give it a smooth complexion.
As mentioned above, lemon juice contains citric acid and acts as a mild exfoliant. It can reduce the appearance of dark spots and tighten skin pores. The vitamin C in lemon juice supports healthy skin regeneration. Lemon also contains potassium, which helps with hydration.
Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help get rid of acne, eczema, and many other skin conditions. It also has potent antioxidant properties and lightens unsightly dark spots and blemishes.
1. Fill the Uzuma Tea Infuser with Mangata tea. Pour hot water over the infuser in a cup and steep for 2–3 minutes. Remove the infuser afterwards. Shake the infuser to get rid of excess water. Take the green tea leaves from the infuser and allow them to cool down.
2. In a bowl, place the brewed Mangata tea leaves and add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric powder. Stir the mix.
3. With a cotton ball, pat the mask all over your cleansed face. Wait several minutes for the mask to dry out and repeat until all the mix is finished. Leave the final face mask on for about 10 minutes. Rinse the mask off with cool water and gently dry your face.
4. If you have troubles getting the turmeric powder off of your skin, use sugar scrub to remove it. If you find that the turmeric stains your skin, you can make this mask with less turmeric powder or none at all. The face mask will still be strong enough and will provide you with all the benefits for clear and smooth skin!