Matcha Green Tea has long been revered for it’s healing qualities. It’s been said that Buddhist monks have enjoyed matcha tea for centuries for its ability to strengthen concentration and enhance metabolism, all while calming the mind and relaxing the body. Unlike regular green tea which is generally brewed with green tea leaves, matcha green tea is brewed from milled green tea leaves (the powder).
Known to be 10 times more nutritionally dense than regular green tea, matcha is a good source of vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, K, along with trace minerals. If that weren’t enough, matcha contains: antioxidants, the chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic disease, is rich in polyphenols, catechins, chlorophyll and EGCG. The additional presence of amino acids, L-theanine and theophylline in matcha tea make it a nutrient-rich beverage.
Additionally, it’s been found that those who drink matcha tea regularly tend to have lower levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and higher levels of good (HDL) cholesterol.
The presence of chlorophyll in matcha tea only adds to its effectiveness in cleansing the body, as chlorophyll is an excellent blood detoxifier.
Matcha boosts metabolism and burns fat, without putting stress on the body. One recent study even suggested that matcha may help burn calories by four times. It won’t raise your blood pressure or heart rate, making it a much safer alternative to all those diet pills on the market.
Have we sold you on the numerous reasons to get your matcha on?
Perhaps you are like a few of my clients who, although knowing how good matcha is for them, just cannot stomach the taste. With that in mind, I wanted to create a matcha face mask that would allow those who can’t sip matcha to get some of the benefits of this great green wonder through our largest organ, our skin.
So you’re probably asking yourself, does using a Matcha Face Mask provide me with the same level of benefits as drinking a cup of matcha?
Having used the face mask while sipping on my daily cup of this green elixir, I may not be the best case study. But what is for sure is that matcha green tea contains chlorophyll, a powerful detoxifier, that removes harmful toxins and fights free radicals that damage cells needed to protect our skin. The catechins found in matcha help trap and inactivate free radicals in the skin, thus slowing down many of the signs of aging.
One thing I can attest to is that matcha is particularly good for acne because of it’s ability to decrease sebum production and is anti-inflammatory. Matcha helps with bacterial infections of the skin. Using matcha on your skin has also been shown to have a positive effect on the elasticity and viscosity of skin.
Ready to test it out for yourself?
So here it is…our Top Matcha Face Mask Recipe
- One tablespoon of organic matcha green tea
- One tablespoon of organic rose water (cooling, improves the texture, complexion and glow of the skin.)
- 1/4 teaspoon of organic turmeric (anti-inflammatory)
- Five drops of lemongrass essential oil (Lemongrass has antiseptic, astringent properties that aid in getting even and glowing skin. It also purifies pores, serves as a natural toner and strengthens skin structure)
Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl. Blend well, ensuring there are no chunks of matcha or turmeric left. Apply to washed face, using circular motions. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, until the mask dries. Rinse with warm water and voila! Your skin should look and feel hydrated and soft to the touch.
Note: One variation I used, depending on how dry my skin is feeling is adding one tablespoon of organic plain yogurt instead of the rose water. You can also use one tablespoon of raw honey instead of rose water to moisturize and balance your skin.
This creamy Matcha Face Mask will hydrate and nourish your skin from the inside out. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Stay tuned for a few more DIY Face Masks over the coming weeks.