Drink, wash and look years younger with Pu-Erh tea

Pu Erh Tea Rinse
I never used to drink much Chinese tea, at least not daily. It’s something that I consume only when I visit a Chinese restaurant. So while I know about Pu-Erh tea and probably drank it a couple of times before, I don’t remember how it taste. However, since reading a beauty tip about the benefits of this tea, I went out to grab a tin and have since, been drinking a cup of Pu-Erh tea every day. Aside from drinking, I’ve also been including this beverage in my beauty routines. How? Read on to find out. (#k8SjZc9Dxk_#k8SjZc9Dxk)

Helps a 60-year-old look 20 years younger
According to a Chinese book I was reading, drinking Pu-Erh tea regularly has tremendous beauty benefits. A woman in her 60s look 20 years younger because she has been drinking Pu-Erh tea regularly and using the tea topically on her face. When interviewed, she said that Pu-Erh tea helped to clear up her skin and keep it even toned. Okay, this probably sound like a tall tale and I must come across too gullible to fall for it but still, I see no harm giving it a try.

Exquisite smooth taste that is not bitter
If you’ve tasted Pu-Erh tea, you probably won’t mind trying it out for yourself. It’s an exquisite full-flavored tea that is very smooth and somewhat earthy. It’s one of those tea that is not bitter even when the leaves have been steeped for a long while. I’ll even say it’s one of the better Chinese tea I’ve tasted. Definitely much better than Oolong!

High in antioxidants
Pu-erh tea is made from the leaves and stems of the Camellia sinensis plant. According to what I’ve read, Pu-Erh is great for weight loss, anti-aging and cutting grease. I ran some quick check on the web and only found this resource that promotes Pu Erh as an ingredient that has freckle-removing, skin moisturizing, menstruation-regulating and dampness eliminating effects. Sounds kinda incredulous but still, I decided to give it a try because Pu-Erh is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids. It also contains vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B2.

Pu Erh Tea Rinse For Beauty
Light and pleasant scent
So I’ve been making a brew of it and drinking a cup daily. It makes a great drink after a heavy meal. I then steep the tea bag in a second cup which is then used to rinse my face and hair after it has been left to cool. The pleasant light scent makes this a great rinse as I don’t have to worry about any strong smell lingering on my hair or my face.

Used as a toner to increase hydration

Pu-Erh tea makes a great facial toner too. Immediately after rinsing my face with the tea, I’ll pat and press the tea drops onto my skin and then quickly seal in the hydration with a facial oil or serum while my skin is still damp. I can’t say if it has made my skin any better but I like using it a lot. But what I’ve found is that it has helped to ease off greasiness from my scalp and that’s something I’m grateful for. Compared to the other types of hair rinses that I’ve tried, this is relatively easier to make and use daily.

Steep in empty tea bags
I purchased the tin of Pu-Erh tea leaves from Hock Hwa at S$8—not exactly very cheap as the tin lasts about a month or lesser with daily consumption. I’m already into my second tin. However, one teaspoon of leaves is sufficient for a cup and I steep them using an empty tea bag that can be purchased from the supermarket or Daiso. Alternatively, you can use a strainer.

Directions to steep
Put a teaspoon of the leaves in an empty tea bag. Pour some hot water directly on the tea bag to rinse the tea leaves. Pour away the water before making a full cup. Steep for 5 to 10 minutes before drinking. Remove the tea bag to another cup and steep in hot water. Leave to cool before using it to rinse your hair and your face. Please note that I always use filtered water to make the tea and that’s why I don’t mind using this on my face too.

Give it a try
If you like Chinese tea, you may already like Pu-Erh to begin with. But even if you don’t, I promise you that this tea is very palatable. So no harm giving it a shot to see if you can derive any benefits from it. However, as with any home remedies, don’t expect an overnight miracle. Even a good cup of tea requires some patience especially to being steeped multiple times without losing flavor or complexity.



  1. Jana says:

    Where can I purchase the tea if I live in the USA?
    Thank you. Good post, as always, Jana

  2. Becky D says:

    I definitely need to try some of this tea for my face!!
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  3. Red Scorpio says:

    It’s amazing how many variations of tea can be made from Camelia Sinensis and the health and well-being benefits one can get from them; it is really a marvelous plant.

    I tried Pu-Erh a few years back and the one I had bought had a quite pronounced ‘earthy’ taste which I did not fell in love with. Now, I am getting familiar with a roasted South American maté variety I got from iHerb, but I think I will give another chance to Pu-Erh as long as I find a good one in teabags I can drink at the office. You can never have too many teas to choose from!

  4. Sesame says:

    Hi Jana, you probably have to try getting it in Chinatown or from some online stores.

  5. Sesame says:

    Yes, try it…and have fun!

  6. Sesame says:

    Maybe it’s the quality of the leaves I’m not sure…but this one is very palatable and pleasant.

  7. Hazel says:

    Hi Sesame ?

    I love Pu-er (“,)
    I wonder how you prepare and store the hair rinse.
    Do you prepare a whole gallon of it for rinsing?
    Do you leave the tea to dry on your hair after you’ve used it to rinse out your shampoo?

    thank you ?

  8. Sesame says:

    I don’t store…at most I leave the tea overnight in a cup, at room temperature. I don’t like the idea of using cold water rinse anyway. But if you do, you can perhaps make more and store in a bottle, leave it for two to three days in the fridge. It should be fine. I did that when I used green tea rinse.

    As for rinsing the hair, yes, I use it as last step after washing my hair clean so the rinse goes into my scalp without any further washing. I then dry my hair as per normal. ?

  9. LiveSnapBlog says:

    I do like Pu-er

  10. Cindy says:

    Hi Seasame,

    Where you purchase the tea? Do you know where to buy Pu-er in tea bag type? Thanks

  11. Sesame Chew says:

    I got it from Hock Hua. I also got a packet of the tea bag type from a stall selling tea at the 2nd level of Heartland Mall. But they don’t taste as good as the ones from Hock Hua.

  12. LY says:

    Hi Seasame,

    May I know the name of the book regarding pu erh tea that you are reading ? I think it helps in constipation and other health benefits too.

  13. Sesame says:

    Geez…it’s been awhile and I can’t remember offhand. Need to head back to the bookstore to check. It’s a Chinese book.

  14. Jessica says:

    I’m a Filipino but I drink any kinds of tea (even root tea) since when I was little. I never thought about drinking tea for it’s health benefits >_< I love Pu Erh. It has this really nice earthy aroma. Very nice tea especially after eating oily foods.
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  15. Penelope tembo says:

    I like the pu-erh tea how much does it cost here in Zimbabwe.

  16. Black wolfberry says:

    looks good,i will try ?

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