I started to think on ideas for how to use our amazing teALCHEMY powders in things other than in teas & cakes.
This was just before Saint Patrick’s Day, so I started to think “hmmm, a Matcha face mask would be nice, not to mention it would go with peoples’ outfits. They can detox with the mask, then ‘retox’ with green beer over the weekend” (kind of like this):
Not 12 hours later, I received a letter in my inbox from this amazing woman named Melissa Ramos who runs a site called Sexy Food Therapy. She sent me – what else? A recipe for a matcha face mask!
I took this as a sign from my tea spirit guides that I was on the right path on finding ways to wear tea.
Instead of recreating the wheel, being an alchemist (and not a nutritionist with a background in Chinese medicine), I thought I would just try her recipe.
So, here it is: a Matcha mask vlog. It’s great for hormonal acne and acne of all kinds. It’s great to exfoliate, detoxify and cleanse for all ages & sexes.
Try using the matcha mask for 1 month. For lasting results, better if you try it for 3 months to see if it is truly useful as a skincare remedy for you.
As far as the 4 ingredients that make up the mask (soda bicarbonate, organic lemon juice, raw honey, organic Matcha), there are a few that can cause irritation to the skin.
These are soda bicarbonate and the lemon juice, so be sure to tread lightly if you have any sensitivities to these.
If you think you may be sensitive to either/both, best to omit them altogether from your mask mix.
The Matcha face mask will still be just as Matcha-y.
Here’s why all these ingredients are useful though:
Soda bicarbonate is a mild exfoliate that helps remove dead skin cells and cleans your pores, it also helps dry and heal acne. Baking soda has antibacterial properties which prevents breakouts. Be sure not to use it too often though, as it dries the skin, maybe once a week.
Lemon juice is antibacterial, it can help treat acne and blackheads. If you slice a lemon and squeeze the juice on your face, blackheads will start to fade before you know it. Again, do not use it on your face more than once per week.
Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for the prevention and treatment of acne. It’s full of antioxidants, great for slowing down the aging process, extremely moisturizing, soothing and helps create a glow while giving your complexion a boost. It is good for the pores because it’s clarifying and makes skin easy to unclog.
Matcha will get its own subheading (since it’s our feature in this article):
Matcha powder has many anti-inflammatory properties, especially EGCG,* that reduces the redness associated with chronic skin conditions such as rosacea and acne. It is gentle and soothing for all skin types, reduces redness and makes the skin feel better.
*EGCG is the acronym for epigallocatechin gallate. It’s the main polyphenol found in matcha. In fact, a study that did a dry leaf comparison between matcha and another type of green tea showed that the concentration of EGCG in matcha is 137 times greater than what’s available in the other green tea. The same study also showed matcha’s EGCG concentration is at least three times greater than the largest concentration value in other regular green teas.
Matcha powder has properties that keeps the complexion fresh and healthy. It also exfoliates and eliminates dead skin cells, while rejuvenating the underlying skin to improve complexion. Matcha diminishes the signs of aging by stimulating elastin production to add volume to the skin. It also protects the skin against free radicals that cause sun damage, age spots, dry skin and wrinkles.
The tannins in matcha actually shrinks pores and reduces the production of oil associated with acne. If you have teenagers who struggle with breakouts and oily skin, matcha is especially beneficial as it removes oil from the skin and slows the production of the oil that causes the acne.
Matcha masks are made from a plant, not anything man-made, which makes it about as natural as it can get. That is why it is gentle enough for younger skin yet strong enough for skin that needs a little boost or tone-up.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear how your Matcha face mask experience turned out for you! Dare to share and we’ll enter you in to win a prize.