You probably throw away a powerful antioxidant every time you make tea and discard the tea bag! Shocking as it may seem, used tea bags are rich in antioxidants. These are agents that prevent or reverse disease and wrinkles by keeping cellular damage in check.

Beginning with that very tea bag in your cup, apply the following tips that will add beauty to your body. Tea bags will never appear the same again.

1. Sunburn Remedy

Cooled used tea bags are useful in treating sunburn or other minor burns such as razor burns. They are placed directly on the affected place for a few minutes to provide instant relief. If a wider area of skin needs treatment, tea is brewed, left to cool and used as bath water (without soap).

2. Puffy Eyes

Tea bags come in handy in restoring puffy eyes to normal. To do this, they are soaked in warm water and placed on the affected eye(s) for at least twenty minutes.

3. Warts

Warts are reduced by placing warm tea bags over them for about ten minutes daily. If done at least thrice a day, the wart shrinks and disappears after a few days. One explanation is that tea bags have bacteria-killing power.

4. Bleeding Gums

Tea contains tannin, a substance that constricts blood vessels. As such, placing a tea bag over bleeding gums constricts the gum leading to a reduction in swelling. To do this, a cooled tea bag is put over the affected area for some minutes.

5. Insect Bites

The itch or insect bites or poison ivy are cured by placing a used tea bag on the itchy spot. This also cures any emerging rash.

6. Discoloration from Bruises

After bruising, the broken vessels (capillaries) ooze blood and lead to discoloration of the skin. To prevent this, tea bags are placed on wounded part immediately, and they prevent bleeding that would lead to discoloration.

7. Shiny Hair

This trick only works for darker hair because tea can dye light hair temporarily. After washing, rinsing the hair with a cup of tea makes hair easy to manage and shiny.

Evidently, tea bags will not only add to the inward feel-good feeling but also improve the outward appearance if properly stored after use and used as directed above. They join the make-up family!