The natural skincare industry is gaining more and more popularity as ingredients and toxins are being discussed more widely in the wellness and beauty sectors. As Harley King so wisely stated, “All things old become new again.” And that’s certainly the case for plants of all kinds. From tea to essential oils to herbal extracts, botanicals have reclaimed their worthy spot in the limelight. And I’m totally here for it. In honor of National Healthy Skin Month, here are three TEA-IY skincare recipes that are simple to make, easy on the pockets, and best of all, natural.

SUGAR SCRUB

Whether you live in a cold weather state or a warmer climate, using a moisturizing exfoliant is always a great choice when it comes to keeping your skin baby soft. To create your own sugar scrub, you’ll need the following:

½ cup of sugar
½ cup of black tea infused oil (oil + 1 tea bag or 1 tsp loose tea)
5 drops of essential oil (optional)
Glass jar

Black tea is high in tannins, not tannic acid, which makes it great at helping to remove harmful microbes from your body. The anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties found in black tea also make it a great addition to skincare. To craft your recipe, place one bag of black tea in coconut or olive oil and let it sit in a cool, dry place for at least 2 weeks. Once done, combine oil with remaining ingredients. Mix well and enjoy!

Candid Tip: If using loose leaf tea, strain to separate leaves from oil. This scrub can be used for your lips, face, and body.

FACIAL TONER

Toners are great to use after cleansing your face. They remove leftover makeup or soap residue and freshen your skin to provide a natural glow. I love black tea as a main ingredient in toner because it tightens pores and has been said to aid in the prevention of premature aging and mimic wrinkles. Woohoo for looking younger just a little longer. Here’s what you’ll need:

½ cup of water
1 bag or tsp of loose black tea
1 tsp of aloe
7 drops of essential oil (optional)
Spray bottle

Boil your water and remove from heat. Steep your tea for at least an hour. Once tea has cooled, add remaining ingredients, shake well and enjoy. Keep refrigerated to prolong shelf life. Use within two weeks.

Candid Tip: Most citrus essential oils can cause photosensitivity therefore, if you choose to use one only apply toner at night.

EYE CREAM

The skin around your eyes is amongst the most delicate and can be very telling – not in a good way either. It’s important to keep your eye area moisturized to keep fine lines and crow’s feet away. Another common concern is under eye puffiness and dark circles which led me to this amazing Chai tea eye cream recipe.

¼ cup chai tea infused coconut oil (oil + 1 chai tea bag or 1 tsp of loose tea)
1 tbsp of Vitamin E or 4 – 5 capsules
5 drops essential oil (optional)
Container

Chai tea is comprised of many invigorating herbs that will provide your eyes with a radiant glow while also helping to stimulate blood circulation to reduce under eye bags and discoloration. To make this recipe, infuse a chai tea bag in coconut oil and allow to steep for two weeks. Once done, combine oil with Vitamin E and sit it in the fridge to solidify. Once solid, mix with a hand blender until you get a fluffy consistency. Put your cream in a container and let it sit for 24 hours for a firmer texture and enjoy.

Candid Tip: This cream can also be used around the corners of your mouth to help prevent wrinkles.

Now that I’ve shared some of my favorite tea-infused skincare recipes, I’d love it if you shared some of yours too. If you try any of the recipes mentioned above, please let me know what you think of them. Share your comment below.

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