Matcha green tea isn't just for drinking. Learn why you should be putting it on your face, and how to make a DIY matcha face mask!
What is Matcha?
Energy booster, calorie burner, antioxidants powerhouse, detox.. This is matcha.
Matcha is tea and not only. In essence, it is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other beverage or 'superfood'.
The traditional Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha as hot tea. This ceremony embodies a meditative spiritual style.
Matcha used in ceremonies is referred to as ceremonial-grade matcha, meaning that the matcha powder is of a high enough quality to be used in the tea ceremony. Lower quality matcha is referred to as culinary-grade matcha, but there is no standard industry definition or requirements for either.
Benefits Of Drinking Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is part of my morning routine. I genuinely enjoy making and drinking it. I like it in latte with rice, soy or oat milk, sprinkled with cinnamon and slightly sweetened with maple syrup... Mmmm!
Here are a few good reasons for you to enjoy a cup the green goodness too:
- Packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- Boosts metabolism
- Burns calories
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Aids in concentration and enhances mood
- Rich in vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar
How is Matcha different than the regular green tea?
- When you drink matcha you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf
- Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea.
- One cup of matcha = 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea in terms of nutritional content
When you drink regular green tea, you boil water, pour it over a teabag or tea leaves and then throw away the leaves and drink the water. When drinking matcha powdered green tea, instead of throwing away all of the goodness, you’re drinking it. You would have to drink about 10 cups of regular green tea to get the same amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as from just one cup of matcha.
Benefits of using Matcha Face Mask
Over the years, matcha has exceeded its primary use and purpose, and nowadays you can find it as the main ingredient of smoothies, ice creams, cup cakes and cosmetics.
When added to masks and face scrubs, matcha removes harmful toxins and fights free radicals that damage cells needed to protect you skin. Matcha is also good for acne because it has the ability to decrease sebum production.
If you haven't tried adding matcha to DIY skin care products yet, you have come to the right place. I have 3 awesome matcha face mask recipes! Without further ado, let's dive in!
1. Anti-Aging Matcha Face Mask
Simply mix the ingredients and apply on clean skin. Leave on for 15 min. and rinse with cool water. Pat dry and follow up with toner, serum, moisturizer.
Benefits of the Anti-Aging Matcha Face Mask:
This matcha face mask will completely transform your skin, leaving it look youthful and radiant.
2. Detoxifying Matcha Face Mask
In a small bowl, mix the matcha and the green clay. Add jojoba oil and mix well. Apply on clean skin. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cool water. Pat dry and follow up with toner, serum, moisturizer.
Benefits of the Refreshing Matcha Face Mask:
This matcha face mask with green clay is great for oily and acne prone skin. It detoxifies and cleanses the skin, absorbing oils and dirt and leaving you with clean pores.
3. Refreshing Matcha Face Mask
- 1 tbsp blended cucumber
- 1 tsp matcha powder
Blend a cucumber. Mix one tablespoon of it with the matcha green tea powder. Apply a thick layer to your face. Leave on for about 20 – 30 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry. Apply a moisturizer.
The rest of the blended cucumber you can divide in an ice cube tray and freeze for next usages.
Benefits of the Refreshing Matcha Face Mask:
This matcha face mask is very soothing and cooling. It is one of the easiest DIY recipes to hydrate and awaken your skin. It offers a refreshment for your skin after a long day or during the summer months.
I hope you enjoyed the recipes above. Please let me know when you make them. I would love to hear how do you like it and which one is your favorite.
Do you have other awesome DIY matcha face mask recipes? Share with us in the comments below!
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