Teatime for Your Skin: Three Tea-Centric DIYs with Teapigs
If you were to rummage through the kitchen pantry here at the S.W. Basics HQ, you’d find some staple items: Nut butters of all varieties, several jars of honey, a healthy stockpile of Purely Elizabeth granola, and lots and lots of tea. Yep, we’re huge tea drinkers over here — and not just because we like the taste of it, either. Indeed, medical research keeps confirming that tea varietals of all sorts (from black to green) can promote good health. And, given that a healthy body begets healthy skin, it should come as no surprise that tea has also become a darling ingredient of the beauty industry. While products laced with, say, green tea extract can be effective, we prefer going straight to the source to reap the benefits.
As such, we’ve partnered with our pals at Teapigs, one of our very favorite tea brands, to create three exclusive S.W. Basics x Teapigs DIY recipes featuring their high-quality, whole leaf teas. Added bonus: All of the products featured below are now 20% off through 6/30/16. To shop the Teapigs assortment, use the discount code TEAPIGSBEAUTY; to shop our products use the code SWTEAPIGS20. Now get ready to TEA-I-Y… sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.
Fennel & Licorice Facial Steam
Begin by cleaning your face with a coin-sized amount of S.W. Basics Cleanser — this will ensure skin is clean and hydrated before you treat it. Next, fill up a big bowl with boiling water and add one or two bags of Teapigs Fennel & Licorice Tea. Use this brew as you would a normal facial steam, being careful not to get too close to the hot water. Fennel is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, while licorice can help soothe skin conditions like eczema. Finish off with a coin-sized amount of S.W. Basics Exfoliant, rinsing thoroughly. This gentle physical and chemical exfoliant works wonders after pores have been opened up, allowing for a deep, non-irritating clean.
Matcha-Hibiscus Oil Mask
Mix together one teaspoon Teapigs Matcha Tea, one tablespoon S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask, and one teaspoon S.W. Basics Oil Serum, combining all ingredients thoroughly. The matcha is loaded with antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals and combat sun damage. Hibiscus — aka “nature’s Botox” — helps accelerate cell turnover, thus tightening and brightening skin. The various power-oils in our Oil Serum help to nourish, repair, and hydrate the skin. Leave this combo on for up to 20 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly.
Hydrating Chamomile Bath
Begin by filling up your tub (duh). Next, cut open up to four bags of Teapigs Chamomile Flower Tea and dump the whole flowers into the bath. Add in a couple generous pumps of S.W. Basics Body Oil. Sit back and soak for as long as you’d like. Chamomile does wonders for irritated skin, helping to ease inflammation and soothe itchiness. Our Body Oil ensures your bod stays hydrated, plus ingredients like avocado oil help to repair damaged skin.