Wednesday, 5 February 2014

DIY: Matcha Green Tea Face Mask

Matcha green tea is a bright green, fine powder made from grinding the whole leaf of the Camellia Sinensis tree. Loaded with antioxidants and known for being a superfood, like most things, if it's good for you inside, it's good for you outside. I love this face mask for a dose of antioxidants.

As a tea, matcha is like a super-strong earthy cup of green tea. It contains caffeine, but has a longer lasting, more even-keeled energy boost than coffee. It was originally used in tea ceremonies in Japan, but now has worldwide appeal due to it's super-food qualities. I love a cup of matcha in the morning - the flavour, the routine and knowing I'm giving my body a healthy boost of chlorophyll and antioxidants. Yum!

These days the way I approach the ingredients in my kitchen is if it can be eaten, it can be made into a beauty DIY. I love this mask's very 'alive' and strong green tea smell, the antioxidants also work wonders and this mask is cooling and calming - great for puffiness. The honey in the mask is antibacterial, moisturizing and also full of antioxidants. For double the benefits sip a matcha latte while the face mask is on!

1tbsp Matcha green tea powder
1 tsp Raw honey
A Few sprinkles of filtered water (optional)

Small spoon
Bowl for mixing
Cosmetic brush

2 mins to make, 10-20 for mask time

1/ Mix honey and matcha together until uniform.
2/ If mixture is too thick, and a few drops of filtered water until consistency is more spreadable.

To Use:
Using brush, apply mask evenly to skin avoiding eye area. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes and remove with lukewarm water and a cleansing cloth. (A cloth is needed to remove any colour that may remain on the skin and provides a little exfoliation too).

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