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Roundup: Green Tea for Beautiful Skin

Green tea has long been touted for its health benefits: it can help fight cancer and heart disease, lower cholesterol, burn fat, and prevent diabetes and stroke. But it’s also a powerful beauty ingredient, with more antioxidants than other typical sources (Vitamins A, C, and E). The polyphenol in green tea, ECGC, has been proven to help rejuvenate and heal skin, fight inflammation, heal acne, and more. So it’s no surprise that it’s landing on cosmetics ingredients lists more frequently (sometimes listed as “camellia sinensis”). Here’s a selection of products that contain the ancient ingredient. Will you add some green tea to your beauty routine? —Aleigh

Clockwise, from left: John Masters Green Tea & Rose Hydrating Face Serum ($24), Suki Intensive Nourishing Cream with Brightening Complex($60.95), Pangea Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai and Goji Berry Facial Mask ($40), Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer ($32)

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Tools of the Trade

The newest issue of Breathe magazine is out, and so is my latest Beauty roundup. In the same issue, I wrote about planning an outdoor wedding and planning a wedding that incorporates both modern and traditional elements–including two lovely couples and two lovely weddings!

Can’t wait for the November/December issue of Breathe — I pulled together a roundup of nighttime treatments for face and hair. So fun! What beauty tools, treatments, complexion issues or trends would you like to read about?

Honey Month Tip: Coffee and honey body scrub! Mix 6 tbsp. ground coffee with 2 c. honey, 1 c. sugar, and 1/2 c. olive oil. Pour into a jar and stash in your shower for an invigorating all-over body scrub. (Makes two treatments.)

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