By Drea James

The Soap Librarian started with a love of books and tea. From the beginning, each bath product was inspired by a classic book or character and scented with high quality tea fragrance oils.

Drinking tea has always been associated with health benefits, but it has also become a popular additive in bath and beauty products. Green tea is one of the most popular types to use, and it's easy to see why once you take a look at all of the ways it can improve your skin.

Green tea, black tea, and oolong all come from the Camellia sinensis plant, however they are each processed differently. Black Tea and Oolong go through a longer fermentation process, while Green Tea is heated immediately after being picked in order to keep it fresh. The leaves are packed with antioxidants and nutrients that can help improve your skin in several ways.

Treats Acne 

In a recent study published by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, it was found that green tea “significantly improved” acne throughout an 8-week trial. Green tea has natural antibacterial properties that can fight back against acne-causing bacteria. Using a topical treatment can also soothe the systemic inflammation caused by acne.   

Reduces Dark Circles/Puffy Eyes 

Having dark circles or puffiness under the eyes can be difficult to cover up. Luckily, the anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants packed in green tea can help. The caffeine and tannins within the leaves will shrink blood vessels under the eyes which reduces swelling and dark circles.   

Slows the Aging Process 

Many products claim to fight the signs of aging, but green tea can help you do it naturally. A recent Chinese study revealed that the antioxidants and nutrients loaded in green tea can help protect the skin from the “oxidative damage” caused by the aging process. By adding it to your skin care routine, it can help slow the progression of fine lines and wrinkles.   

Prevents Skin Damage 

One of the most exciting benefits of green tea is its ability to prevent skin damage, especially damage caused by the sun. Green tea is known as one of the most potent antioxidants, and, combined with its caffeine content, it can fight back against inflammation and dangerous skin cancer cells caused by too much sun exposure.   

Detoxifies the Skin 

An easy way to bring tea into your skin care routine is with a green tea bath. Adding a fresh bag of tea leaves directly to the hot water allows you to completely soak in all of the detoxifying properties and soften the skin. For an even greater experience, add some of The Soap Librarian’s Wuthering Heights bath salts. It’s a luxurious blend of Epsom salt, sea salt, dried flowers, and a Lavender Green Tea scent. The soothing aroma will help you relax as you absorb the antioxidants from the tea leaves.     

The health benefits of green tea can be traced back to ancient times, but we are only just starting to understand how important it can be for bath and beauty products. Using tea leaves in your every day routine can be a simple and natural way to improve the overall health of your skin.

Drea James is a freelance writer who loves books and tea. She enjoys making homemade bath products and also writes for the blog Booked and Bound.