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4-Ingredient Matcha Face Mask

4-Ingredient Matcha Face Mask

Today I have an incredible 4-ingredient matcha face mask for you that will leave your skin feeling AMAZING.

If you haven’t heard of matcha, here’s the Google definition:

  • Mat·cha

    /ˈmäCHə/

    noun

    1. Powdered green tea leaves, dissolved in hot water to make tea or used as a flavoring.

    2. Tea made with matcha.

Like many other teas, matcha is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, but unlike other teas, is grown without the use of direct sunlight.

Matcha is much more concentrated than regular green tea, so you get more of the benefits in a smaller amount.

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BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA FOR YOUR SKIN

Speaking of benefits, green tea isn’t just beneficial for your physical health, it also has a ton of benefits for your skin:

    • First, and most importantly, green tea contains a polyphenol called EGCG, which has been studied for its anti-inflammatory properties (aka less puffy redness).

    • Additionally, according to research cited in this study, the same polyphenol may help protect the skin from UVB damage (which is the kind that causes sunburn):

      1. “EGCG pretreated and UVB-exposed human skin contained fewer dead cells in the epidermis with comparison to nonpretreated UVB‐exposed skin.”

    • And, according to additional research cited in that same study, EGCG also offers protection from the formation of skin cancer cells:

      1. “In additional experiments, we found that microsomes from EGCG pretreated human skin and exposed to UVB, compared to UVB exposure alone, produced significantly reduced PG metabolites, particularly PGE2. The PG metabolites play a critical role in free radical generation and skin tumor promotion in multistage skin carcinogenesis.”

Basically, it’s magical.

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INGREDIENTS

Okay, so what’s in this face mask?

Like I said, this matcha face mask only has four ingredients, and they’re super simple. We’ve already covered matcha, so here are some of the benefits of the others:

  1. HONEY: Honey (especially raw honey and Manuka honey) contains antimicrobial properties which can help prevent bacterial build up. 

  2. CINNAMON: According to this article, cinnamon has antibiotic, antimicrobial, AND anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect your skin from rashes, infection, and irritation. Plus, when you use it with honey, those benefits become even more powerful.

  3. WATER: Hydration (duh)

So, if you’re into all those skin-protecting benefits, let’s get right into it!

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4-INGREDIENT MATCHA FACE MASK

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tsp matcha powder

  • 2 tsp honey (raw or Manuka if you’ve got it)

  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

  • Splash off water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add all the ingredients to a small bowl, and whisk until they’re combined. (When you’re done, the mask should be the consistency of maple syrup- thick, but slightly runny.)

  2. Wash your face and hands, then use your fingertips to apply the mask ALL over your face, making sure to avoid your eyes.

  3. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water, and pat your skin dry.

  4. Apply a light moisturizer (I used a few drops of jojoba oil), and you’re done!

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I hope you and your skin love this face mask as much as I do!

You might scare yourself when you look in the mirror, but it’s totally worth it.

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Okay, time to go do a face mask, put on some Vanderpump Rules, and relax!

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