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If the reference of green tea makes you think about its benefits in weight loss, here’s more.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2010 01:00 IST

If the reference of green tea makes you think about its benefits in weight loss, here’s more. Experts say, green tea can have a wondrous effect on your skin as well. Try out these simple tips for some great results.

Apple green tea (green tea with apple extracts) is the healthiest green tea. The minerals and vitamin C present in apple help in revitalising the skin.

Green tea can also be used to get rid of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines below the eyes. Dip pouches of green tea in mineral water and place them in the freezer for five minutes. Use these as eye packs to place over the eyes. The same green tea water can also be used as a healthy coolant to suppress sun strokes and sun tans.

Boil three tablespoons of green tea in a glass of water. When the water reduces to half its original quantity, strain and store it for future application. This liquid can be used daily as a night replenishment toner. It helps invigorate skin. This concoction is perfect for oily skin, but you can add a drop of glycerine or honey to it and make it suit dry skin as well.

In pedicure, one tablespoon of green tea leaves can be used as scrub for toes.

Dip your hands in a bowl of green tea water containing few drops of coconut oil for ten minutes. Further massage your knuckles in a circular motion with castor oil if they are tanned or blackened. It improves retarded nail growth.

Green tea can be used as a hair rinse, toner and pack. Rinsing your hair with boiled green tea water, it helps in maintaining the Ph balance of your scalp if you have oily hair. You can mix a few drops of lemon to get rid of the excess oil. It also protects your hair from dandruff.

A cotton dabbed with boiled green tea water can be used on your scalp in a circular motion to prevent hair fall.

With inputs from dermatologist Dr Mukta Sachdev, Naresh Arora, Chase Aroma and Skin care and Aashmeen Munjal of Empire of Makeovers

First Published: Jun 09, 2010 16:31 IST