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Eye-Opening Benefits of Green Tea

By Lindsay Westley, July 23, 2014 - 1:20pm

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Drinking green tea may reduce your risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s and stroke, but tea’s benefits don’t stop there: new research shows it can also keep you looking younger. A recent study found that green tea extract applied to the eye area daily for 8 weeks diminished crow’s-feet wrinkles. That’s due to the high levels of antioxidants in green tea, which studies show also help reduce redness and puffiness (key if you’re not getting enough sleep) when applied topically.

While the most potent green tea extracts are found in beauty products, you can still wring some benefits by steeping two green tea bags in hot water for 2 to 3 minutes. Then squeeze and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place one cooled tea bag over each eye for 15 minutes, recommends Jolene Hart, a beauty nutrition expert and author of Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out.

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Lindsay Westley
Lindsay Westley is a content producer for EatingWell, where she writes and edits content for the content licensing department and contributes to the magazine. She has written for publications including the Washington Post, Dwell, and Bicycling magazine.

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