DIY: Matcha Green Tea Mask

Smearing food on your face is seriously one of my favorite skin care activities! By now we have all heard the amazing benefits of drinking green tea. But have you heard of green tea's cousin matcha green tea? Matcha green tea has long been an ancient Asian favorite and for good reason. Matcha green tea has cancer-preventative properties and is a super antioxidant and highly anti-inflammatory. Now, what about using it topically? Yes, yes and yes!

What is the difference between green tea and 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 ski 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. 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.

Overall it's a fantastic ingredient that can be customized for every skin type as a mask that will leave your skin feeling smooth as silk!

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon of organic matcha green tea powder

For acne and oily skin types
1/2 - 1 teaspoon of raw honey

For normal and combination skin types, calming/soothing and lightly hydrating
1  tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel
(You may also blend some up from an aloe plant if you have one!)

Dry and sensitive skin types, very hydrating
1 teaspoon of an oil of your choice
I recommend rose hip seed oil or argan oil

Customize it
+ You can mix wet ingredients as well such as aloe and honey if you feel dry with acne. Or honey with rose hip if you are sensitive, breaking out and dry.

+ 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.   

DIY matcha green tea mask

Directions:

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.

I am a big fan of this cute little mask brush and bowl kit. If you are a DIY mask maker, having one of these is a must!

diy matcha green tea mask
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