We have all heard about the amazing health benefits of green tea. I tried replacing my morning cup of coffee with this energizing, heart-protective beverage but I found it very difficult to give up on the scent of freshly brewed coffee.
Reading articles, however, I came across a range of additional green tea uses. The anti-inflammatory and soothing qualities of the tea turn it into the perfect face mask ingredient.
Willing to experiment with nearly anything having a natural origin, I quickly purchased green tea powder and gave the following recipe a try.
Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
- Beautifully green in color, Matcha is rich in chlorophyll, which is an excellent source of antioxidants and known to be great for detoxification.
- It is also high in catechin content, an antioxidant that helps fight bacteria and infections. In fact, Matcha is so high in antioxidants that it has a greater level than spinach, blueberries and dark chocolate!
- Matcha has L-theanine, an amino acid mainly found in tea that naturally enhances your mood, sense of well being, and increases your focus and concentration.
- Using Matcha internally as well as externally is the ideal collaboration. Besides being a great detoxifying agent, chlorophyll is a great source of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory and healing properties.
- And aside from fighting bacteria and infections, catechins may slow down the aging process. As for L-Theanine, well, to put it simply, it is a feel-good benefit. And as Audrey Hepburn said, “The happy girls are the prettiest girls.”
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- distilled water or you can use coconut oil
① Pour a small amount (a tsp) of green tea into the mixing dish to begin with and gradually add distilled water. Do not add too much water because you want the mask to be thick and pasty.
② Mix the powder with your mini spatula. Break up any chunks of powder and make sure the powder is fully coated with water.
How to Use it: Clean your face with the product you use regularly. The mask will be most beneficial when applied on perfectly clean skin.
Use your fingers or a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of the paste to your face. I tried it on the neck, as well. Keep the mask on for approximately 10 to 15 minutes and wash your face with lukewarm water.
Something to Note: You may have to use a facial wash or a gel to get rid of the mask. In some instances, it will leave a green residue on the skin. Don’t panic and try cleaning your skin with this kind of product – the mask will come right off.
Noticeable Results: As already mentioned, green tea has anti-inflammatory qualities and the mask is perfect for acne and irritation-prone skin. The green tea powder mask is also great for protecting the skin against premature aging and damage caused by unprotected exposure to UV rays.
I noticed that my skin was very smooth and refreshed immediately after washing the mask off. The redness associated with acne (I have oily skin and I tend to get terrible pimples every once in a while) was greatly reduced.
Final Thoughts: The green tea powder face mask is suitable for usage several times per week. If you have acne-prone skin, try it on a daily basis until the redness and the inflammation subside. The mask is also great for healthy skin because it has cleansing and rejuvenating qualities.
If you suffer from really serious acne episodes, you should also consider using tea tree oil in your DIY masks. Tea tree oil is an even more powerful anti-inflammatory agent that will deliver better results than the OTC acne remedies.