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Thursday, October 30, 2014

SKINCARE TALK WITH BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO: HOW TO ACHIEVE FLAWLESS SKIN WITH BEVERAGES


Have you ever tried using beverages as a face pack to get glowing, blemish-free skin? Most of these beverages have more than one qualities. While they help you stay energetic throughout the day, they also nourish your skin and hair when applied directly. Read on to know the beauty secret behind some of your favourite drinks

GREEN TEA
Green tea is often referred to as a powerful weight-loss tool. But did you know that is also protects your skin from damage and reactivates dying skin cells?
It gives a glow to your skin. It contains antioxidants, which help rejuvenate your skin and protects it against free radicals.
Green tea is also used as a skin toner, especially for those with oily skin. Soak green tea leaves in hot water for half an hour. Cool, strain and use the liquid to tone your skin.
Green tea bags can be dipped in water and applied over your eyelids like eye pads for instant cooling and relaxation. They help reduce the puffiness around your eyes and add brightness.
Green tea also serves as an exfoliator. If you use it in the form of a face mask, it will naturally help in getting rid of unwanted toxins and make you look healthy and add shine.
Green tea may also be used as a hair rinse, as the tannin in the tea helps to add lustre to your hair. Boil used tea leaves again in enough water. After boiling, cool and strain the water. Then add lemon juice to it and use this as a last rinse after shampoo.
Green tea helps in reducing dandruff. It also stimulates hair growth and softens your hair. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E and panthenol, which are used as common ingredients in hair conditioners. It helps restore dry and damaged hair, while also protecting them from the UV rays of the sun.

COFFEE
Coffee helps in reducing inflammation and redness of the skin. Caffeine helps in treating dark circles and is often found in most cosmetics. It also helps reduce build up of blood under the eyes, which contribute to eye shadows.
Apart from this, it contains anti-ageing properties, which delay the signs of ageing. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite and tightens your skin. Coffee beans can be used as face or body scrubs.
Coffee has rich antioxidant properties, which help to repair damaged hair and prevent breakage. Coffee stimulates growth and thickens your hair.
You can use coffee in hair packs. It can be added to henna, along with other ingredients. It helps to add shine and lustre to the hair. It is also an antioxidant that counteracts the effects of pollutants in the air.

LAVENDER TEA
Lavender tea is found to be effective in curing various skin conditions like cuts, wounds and sores. Non-sweetened lavender tea can be used as a hair rinse to deal with problems like hair loss. It can also help in getting rid of dandruff.

LEMONGRASS TEA
 Lemongrass tea is known to be an excellent detoxifying agent. Not only does it cleanse your system internally, but if you apply lemongrass tea on your face, it helps you get rid of blemishes and acne. Boil a cup of lemongrass tea and once cool, apply it with cotton on your face to lighten your scars and get rid of large and open pores and pimples.


CHAMOMILE TEA
Have you tried to bring out highlights in your hair without applying a hair colour? Chamomile tea helps you achieve those golden streaks! Steep 2 chamomile tea bags in 2 cups of hot water for 5-10 minutes. Then add 2 tsps of lemon juice to the mixture. Use this as a final rinse on your hair after using a normal shampoo and conditioner. But do not rinse it out. This will help you bring the natural blonde or red tones in your hair and slightly lighten your hair without looking drastic or fake.

BLACK TEA
Black tea has several beauty benefits? It helps fight free radicals that fasten the process of ageing of your skin. If you need a quick fix for your under eye bags, instantly dip 2 bags of black tea, cool and strain and put these on your eyes. It also serves as a natural astringent. All you need to do is make some tea, cool it and then splash it on your face for instant refreshment.


(Bola Akinboade-Bello is a lifestyle blogger, fashion designer and beauty therapist. She started her journey into the fashion and beauty industry as a model in 1999 and modelled for top fashion and beauty brands. In March 2006, she joined City People Media Group as a style writer, and rose with a short period to become the Fashion Editor. Her clothing line, Betyl BAT Clothing and Accessories and natural skincare range, Chanterelle Skincare, are doing great in the market)

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