DIY: Matcha Green Tea Mask
Green tea vs. matcha green tea
While both green tea and matcha green tea are made from the leaves of the plant, how they are grown, harvested and prepared are completely different. Matcha green tea is made in the shade and the young whole leaves are hand-picked, dried and ground into a fine powder. While standard green tea leaves are usually made from steeping the leaf in hot water.
Skin care benefits of matcha green tea
Specifically, in skin care you will get some powerful antioxidant benefits from using matcha green tea topically. Antioxidants fight the negative effects of UV radiation and free radical pollution in the air that can prematurely age the skin. It is said that the antioxidants in matcha green tea help to reactivate unhealthy skin cells due to UV exposure, pollution and lifestyle.
Matcha green tea contains a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This compound is highly anti-inflammatory and is super beneficial for the inflammation that comes with acne, rosacea, redness due to cold weather and evening overall skin tone.
1 teaspoon of organic matcha green tea powder
Dry and sensitive skin types
1 tablespoon of mashed avocado or hemp seed oil
+ You can mix and match wet ingredients such as aloe and honey if you feel dry with acne.
+ For very oily skin or a skin detox you may want to add 1/2 teaspoon of bentonite clay with 1/2 of matcha green tea powder, 1 teaspoon of honey and a few drops of water.
1. In a small bowl, mix your matcha green tea powder with your honey, aloe or oil until you form a nice creamy paste.
You may need more or less depending on how thick your honey or aloe vera gel is if you are using either of those. You may want to add a few drops of water as well.
2. Apply to face using a brush and leave on skin for 10 - 15 minutes.
3. Remove with a warm wet washcloth.
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