Matcha For Your Skin

by Mariana McConnell on December 18, 2009

OK, we’re branching out from the Tough Guy Routine.

Body care series - Young woman applying facial maskMatcha green tea isn’t just for drinking. Although the finely ground powder is meant to be whisked into a frothy cup of tea, you can actually use it for a whole host of things.  One really cool way of using matcha is using it as the key ingredient in a homemade facial.

All the cancer-busting compounds present in the finely-ground green powder are just as effective if you use matcha in a facial or cleanser instead of in a tea.

In fact, applying matcha directly to your skin will concentrate the antioxidants, with their fabulous anti-aging properties, right where you want them: on your face.

matcha-green-tea-powderGreen tea is proven to reduce inflammation, soothe agitation, promote even skin tone, and even provide protection from sun damage. It’s great for sensitive skin as it lacks harsh irritants and all the antioxidants combat the signs of aging caused by free-radicals.

You could always purchase a tube of professional matcha cleanser from the beauty supply, but it’ll cost you upwards of $40. Why not spend that money on some high quality matcha powder that you can use to make a cleanser in your very own home?  It’s super-easy to do, and you’ll have more powder left over for a relaxing cup of tea after

How-To Make a Matcha Green Tea Facial

To make a matcha facial, simply mix 1/2 teaspoon matcha with 1/2 teaspoon warm water (you can vary the amount based on your preferred consistency). This will form a smooth paste that you can apply directly to your face.

Let it dry for about 10 minutes and then wash it off. Your skin will feel very smooth, soft, and bright thanks to the antioxidants in the green tea. You can also add other ingredients to the facial or cleanser – try yogurt, honey, rose water, or mint extract.

Experiment until you find the combination that works best for you and your skin.

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lilian January 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Green tea is proven to reduce inflammation, soothe agitation, promote even skin tone, and even provide protection from sun damage.

Could you link to the studies that show this? Thanks.

Brandi August 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Truly would not recommend doing this as a facial unless you want to look like a green martian! Thank god for Stridex pads!

Jessica June 3, 2013 at 4:26 am

1. There’s a thing called google, you can look it up yourself.
2. This doesn’t dye your skin green. Maybe you’re not washing it off properly. You could also wash your face with your regular face cleanser after if you think it does.
3. Adding honey will also brighten your skin. There’s small traces of hydrogen peroxide in honey. Good for dark spots or scars on your face.

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