Green tea was initially popular as a beverage in China and Japan, and for centuries has been used to treat a huge range of conditions from headaches to anxiety and depression. Today, people all over the world consume green tea on a regular basis in order to reap the numerous health benefits that it provides.

Along with enzymes, amino acids, polyphenols, B vitamins, caffeine, magnesium, folate and potassium, green tea is also rich in antioxidants, giving it an impressive list of beauty benefits for the drinker. Along with drinking green tea, you can use it in beauty masks to enhance your looks. We’ve listed some of the best beauty benefits of drinking green tea.

Improve Your Skin Complexion

Since green tea flushes out toxins from the skin, it is one of the best drinks to choose if you are hoping to improve your skin complexion. Regularly consuming this beverage will reduce inflammation, heal scars and blemishes, and improve the elasticity of your skin.

Using pure forms of green tea such as Matcha tea, you can make rejuvenating skin masks. To do this, use the contents of two green tea bags, one to two tablespoons of honey, and a drop of lemon juice. Mix together, apply it to your face and leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.

Fighting Aging

Although there’s no reason why you shouldn’t age beautifully, being able to reduce the signs of wrinkles and fine lines could result in your feeling more confident. Instead of going for expensive Botox and other cosmetic procedures, why not simply drink more green tea, which contains polyphenols that neutralize the harmful free radicals that cause significant damage to the skin and accelerate the signs of aging.

Stimulates Hair Growth

One of the main things that we do to improve our looks is look after our hair, but there are currently no products that you can apply to your hair to make it grow more, unless you are suffering from a condition such as alopecia. If you’ve always wanted longer and thicker hair, stop wasting your money on expensive shampoos and hair masks and instead drink more green tea, which contains a high amount of antioxidants that promote healthy hair growth. It can even help to promote the growth of new hair, and improve conditions such as dandruff!

Avoid Pimples

There’s nothing worse than breaking out in pimples, but they always seem to crop up when they are the least wanted. Drinking more green tea can help you to avoid getting a break out at those important moments and could eliminate your concealer altogether! Along with this, the antioxidants and tannins in green tea that help fight pimples will also help you to avoid puffy, dark eyes and keep your skin toned, allowing you to look your best all the time!

If you’ve been drinking coffee every day, why not make one of the first things that you do this year a healthy swap to green tea?