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In today’s growing beauty industry, consumers are constantly on the lookout for different products and ways to protect their skin. Popular tips like applying a daily moisturizer with SPF, exfoliating with a face scrub, and staying hydrated with water have become embedded “musts” in most skin care routines. However, there are tons of other innovative skin care techniques to consider, especially when it comes to using products with all-natural, nontoxic ingredients.

Recent studies on the effects of green tea on skin have encouraged medical professionals, dermatologists, and beauty bloggers alike to give the green light on this green superfood. As a result, more companies have been including forms of green tea into their skin care products. Get the same positive effects, while giving your skin a little TLC with this simple, 3-ingredient DIY Matcha green tea face mask.

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Matcha Green Tea Health Benefits

 

What is so amazing about Matcha green tea? Stemming from the Camellia Sinensis plant, this powdered green tea is packed with tons of antioxidants and nutrients because of its intricate shade-growing process. By slowly inhibiting sunlight one month prior to the harvest, the Matcha green tea leaves preserve nutrients such as the amino acid, L-Theanine, which contributes to Matcha’s natural energy boost that lasts 3 to 6 hours. Not to mention, shade-grown Matcha green tea contains an impressive antioxidant count - 1386 ORAC units per gram to be exact! (That’s approximately 15 times the natural amount found in a gram of wild blueberries.) After these young green tea leaves are hand-picked and cultivated, they are carefully produced into a finely ground powder. Matcha’s versatile, powdered form makes it the perfect healthy ingredient for all types of applications: food, beverage, beauty, and more.

 

Matcha Green Tea Skin Care Benefits

 

Antioxidant Abundance

It comes as no surprise that green tea is a great ingredient for skin care. Combined with a healthy lifestyle, Matcha’s abundance of antioxidants and nutrients can assist in its skin-protective qualities. Hasan Mukhtar, PhD, Professor and Director of Research in Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland’s Department of Dermatology states that "of all the antioxidants known to mankind, the components of green tea are the most potent [because] antioxidants are those agents which can counteract the effects of oxidant radicals."1 Imagine the possibilities with Matcha green tea!

 

Various Vitamins

In addition, according to the beauty experts at 100% Pure, green tea is chock full of Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E, both essential for skin maintenance. Cited from their blog post Top 6 Benefits of Green Tea for Skin, “B2 plays an essential role in maintaining collagen levels for youthful skin structure and firmness. Vitamin E supports new skin cell growth and also acts an intense hydrator for soft and nourished skin.”2 Though everyone’s skin type is unique, applying Matcha green tea topically could potentially lead to brighter and smoother skin.

 

DIY Matcha Green Tea Face Mask Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • (Opt.) 1 tsp honey

 

Instructions

  1. Sift 1 tsp of Matcha into a bowl
  2. Add 1 tsp of baking soda and 2 tsp of water, then mix into a thick paste. (Optional: add 1 tsp of honey to thicken)
  3. Avoiding the eye area, smooth mask evenly all over your face
  4. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then wash off with warm water

 

Rejuvenate, revitalize, and practice a little self-care with this simple, homemade face mask. Perfect for a quiet Netflix session or a relaxing girls-night-in, this face mask will help you channel your inner “look good, feel good” confidence. Enjoy!

 

 

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