Surprising beauty hacks using a tea bag

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28 Jan 2018

You might be more accustomed to dunking yours in a mug of hot water and milk, but the humble tea bag has far more uses than conjuring up a warming drink.

Did you know that a tea bag has a bounty of beauty benefits?

Not only can it help soothe tired eyes, but it can also fix a broken nail, ease sunburn and make locks shine.

Here, GLAMOUR UK lists the clever ways you can use a tea bag in your beauty regime.

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1. Soothe tired eyes: Probably the best-known beauty hack, soaking two tea bags in warm water and placing them on tired eyes for 20-minutes will help soothe them. Experts say it's the tannins in tea that help reduce puffiness.

2. Enhance hair colour: Brew some black tea, let it cool and then pour it over dark locks to enhance the colour, leaving brunette and black hair glossier than ever. For lighter and blonde locks, chamomile tea will have the same effect.

3. To soothe cuts: Press a wet black tea bag on a bleeding cut to help ease the pain. It's the tannic acid in tea that helps shrink blood vessels to stop any bleeding. This trick works especially well on razor burn because the tea’s soothing, astringent qualities will stop that painful stinging sensation.

4. As a toner: If you're looking for a natural, purse-friendly toner then tea is the perfect option. The antioxidants in the tea help repair and protect skin, while reducing oiliness.

5. Beat acne: Try applying green tea to spots to leave skin looking more flawless. It's the anti-bacterial properties in the green tea that help banish acne and leave skin smooth and squeaky-clean.

6. Beat bad breath: Mint tea is packed with antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, making it ideal for banishing bad breath.

7. Soothe sunburn: Green tea is packed with polyphenolic extracts, which scientific research has proven helps reduce the number of sunburn cells and further protects the epidermis from further UV damage.

8. Fix a broken nail: Apply clear nail varnish over the broken nail. Then cut a tea bag into a small piece the same size as the tear in your nail. Apply clear polish over the top of it and buff the nail with a file, reapply coloured varnish over the top and voila!

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