Green Is Good
In honor of St. Patty's Day, we're bringing you three of the best beauty packed ingredients, and they just happen to be green! Each has its own glowing health benefits, but together, they're the whole package. Work these into your routine asap!
Cucumbers do wonders for your skin. They hydrate your skin from the inside out, helping maintain the freshest of complexions. If cut into slices and places over the eyes, they cure under-eye bags (some may be needing this tomorrow!) Cucs contain antioxidants and flavinoids that decrease irritation and puffiness. Add the remaining slices to a glass of water for added health (& taste!) benefits.
Mint is a sweet little leaf that does not get enough credit. This will become your favorite spot treatment. When you notice that pimple starting to surface, crush up a few leaves and apply the paste to the affected area for 10 minutes, then wash it off. The naturally occurring menthol will reduce redness and inflammation and zap that sucker into nothingness.
Green Tea is an incredible super food; it's practically magic. Because it experiences minimal oxidation while it is being made, it maintains most of its antioxidant properties. Drinking it straight provides you with ample antioxidants and flavinoids that help boost your immune system. Green tea has also been suggested to aid in weight loss and cancer prevention. If stored in the fridge in a spray bottle, it can be used as a toner to minimize pores. The caffeine will also reduce puffiness if the bag is placed over the eyes. Adding it to a bath can help detox and remove surface impurities. Green tea contains epigallocatechin, an ingredient 200 times more powerful than vitamin E, that eliminates free radicals, aids in arthritits and other inflammatory pain. Green tea has anti-aging properties, stimulates hair growth while preventing hair loss, and boosts metabolism while suppressing appetite. Want to reduce the risk of cardiovascular mishaps? Drink three cups a day to reduce risk by 16%. It can help regulate blood pressure by neutralizing the excess salt in the body.