Matcha is a special type of green tea produced by shading the leaves of the green tea plant at the end of growing to increase the chlorophyll content and create a very mild and bright green tea.
The leaves are then dried and powdered into a very fine powder. Unlike many types of teas and tisanes, the leaves are not strained out, but mixed in carefully with a special whisk when brewing Matcha for drinking. The result is a powerful, anti-oxidant rich blend that is absolutely delicious.
Matcha – Nurtures the skin
Matcha is an excellent ingredient for the skin as well. The same properties that make it beneficial for drinking are great for the skin, especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is helpful in reducing inflammation and evening skin tone. The antioxidants may also be helpful for reducing acne and increasing skin elasticity.
Either way, this mask is so simple to make and leaves skin feeling like silk. I use several face masks regularly and this is one of them.
How to Make a Matcha Green Tea Face Mask
This two-ingredient mask is very simple to make and can be made in advance and stored for future use since both ingredients are shelf stable. To create a perfect consistency and additional benefits, you can use honey as the base to mix Matcha into for this mask.
This results in a smooth, nourishing and moisturizing face mask that you can use about once a week for your skin. The directions below are for a single use:
- 1 teaspoon Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 1/2-1 teaspoon raw honey
Mix the honey and Matcha to form a paste. Depending on the consistency of your honey, you may need slightly more or less.
Spread the honey over your face and neck using circular movements. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and remove with a warm, wet washcloth.
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