We have seen a considerable spike in interest around matcha tea over the last year, and we absolutely love the fact that an organic tea can assist with so many environmentally friendly home remedies. Matcha tea originated in Asia, and has long been one of Asia’s favourite natural beauty foods. Matcha tea is packed with polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) to reduce skin irritation and inflammation, and even prevent long term illness and disease.
Matcha tea is the whole tea leaf that has been ground into a fine powder. Traditional tea brewing creates an infusion of the tea, but with matcha you get up to 10 times the antioxidants because you’re ingesting the whole tea leaf. Some battle to tell the difference between green tea and matcha tea – we have found that the easiest way to tell the two apart is in colour variation. Green tea has a honey colour, whereas matcha tea will present a bright emerald green colour.
A huge benefit of the matcha tea properties lies in skincare health. Matcha can be used in various types of masks, to enhance complexion and rejuvenate skin. With an increased emphasis on healthy, organic living, we’ve put together three great matcha skincare masks, for you to try at home.
For all three of these masks, first prepare your skin as usual with a standard cleansing toning and moisturising routine.
Matcha Sheet Mask
For invigorated, brighter-looking skin
1. Combine 1 part matcha tea powder to 3 parts distilled water, and allow matcha to dissolve in water.
2. Place sheet mask into the liquid, and allow to absorb.
3. Drain excess liquid from sheet mask, leaving the sheet mask soaked, but not dripping with liquid.
4. Apply mask to your face for 15 to 20 minutes, after which, remove mask and pat residual liquid until dry.
Matcha Yoghurt Mask
To sooth, hydrate and cleanse skin
1. Combine 3 parts matcha tea powder with 5 parts yoghurt and 2 parts honey.
2. Mix ingredients thoroughly with a spatula / spoon, in medium size bowl.
3. Apply to skin and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, after which, remove by rinsing
with warm water.
Matcha Exfoliation Mask
For deep cleansing, gentle exfoliation and moisturising
1. Combine 3 parts matcha tea powder with 1,5 parts distilled water and 1 part honey.
2. Mix ingredients together to form a paste.
3. Apply to face and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, after which, gently massage the paste on your face and then rinse with warm water.
Do you have any home remedies you live by? If so, share them with us in the comments. We would love to hear from you.
Check in again next week to read about some trending food ideas, using tea.