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Why matcha green tea powder should be your newest beauty obsession (yup, it's good for more than just green smoothies!)

by , 19 October 2016
Why matcha green tea powder should be your newest beauty obsession (yup, it's good for more than just green smoothies!)
Your skin changes every day. So, naturally, you've got to be well prepared and feed it what it needs to thrive!

Up until recently, I thought that the brilliant, antioxidant-rich Japanese remedy that is matcha green tea powder was only good for green smoothies and frothy lattes. Boy, was I wrong! It turns out that the sensorial aspects of matcha tea extends to your face…

With excellent topical properties, matcha has long been touted as a powerful yet gentle antioxidant that's great for all skin types - dry, normal, oily and even sensitive. The vitamin-packed powerhouse will improve your complexion, stave off signs of ageing and boost your overall skin health.

Read on to learn more about the skin health benefits of matcha as well as how to use it in a simple DIY face mask.

Why matcha is a fantastic natural remedy for your skin

Matcha is chock-full of antioxidants that help reduce inflammation, dark spots, pigmentation problems and under-eye bags. Believe it or not, the antioxidants in matcha even work to repair sun damage while calming your skin at the same time, making this green powder an incredible remedy for anyone with easily irritated or sun damaged skin.
 
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In the matcha DIY face mask recipe I’m sharing, I also use tocos, chlorella and Manuka honey, so allow me to tell you a bit about the benefits of these ingredients, too. For starters, tocos is filled with vitamins D and E, making it a very hydrating remedy that also helps to fortify your skin’s barrier function.
 
Chlorella (yup, it’s good for more than just your morning smoothie!) is a blue-green algae that brightens your complexion while regenerating skin function, reducing inflammation and healing broken skin. Manuka honey is a natural humectant, meaning it’s naturally moisturising, and helps to calm red or irritated skin as well.
 

How to use matcha in a homemade face mask

You’ll need:
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp tocos
  • 1 tsp chlorella
  • 1 tbsp Manuka honey
  • Filtered water (as needed)
 
What to do:
  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. If the texture is too thick, add a small amount of water.
  2. Apply the mask to freshly cleaned skin using your fingers. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
 
For best results I recommend using this mask once or twice a week.



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