Drinking any herbal Tea is good for the health and good for the soul. Drinking herbal tea every day provides antioxidants in abundance (most herbal teas are packed with them). There is however, one herbal tea that delivers antioxidants in 10 folds compared to any other herbal tea. And that is Matcha tea. Where green tea, when brewed can only provide antioxidants that are extracted from the leaf, Matcha is an actual green tea leaf and what you get with it is not just what is extracted from the leaf but also what is inside the leaf. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants. In fact some researches have shown that consuming 1 cup of match tea delivers health benefits of drinking 10 cups of green tea.
There are so many other health benefits of Matcha. This just one powerhouse ingredient can lower your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, provide with vitamin C, selenium, magnesium and zinc, boost your energy levels, detoxify and get rid of chemicals in your body, promote healthy iron levels in your body, relax your muscles, and it’s known to reduce cravings resulting in high metabolism and calories burn rate…. my goodness I can go on and on about the health benefits of this little wonder called matcha!.
Above all Matcha is vibrant green in colour. Green means chlorophyll and I mean it literally! chlorophyll actual means “Green leaf” in Greek. It is a green pigment with amazing healing benefits. If consumed, it is known to reduce inflammation in immune system and digestive problems and aid in gut health. And know with absolute belief that “Healthy Gut means Healthy body” (My favourite topic!) and Matcha tea is packed with chlorophyll!
Did you know chlorophyll if applied topically on a scar or bruise is known to reduce redness and swelling? Think about it. It is crucial for every plant to absorb energy from the sun and to stay “alive”. The suppleness and the vibrant green colour in plants is because of chlorophyll.
So given Matcha is packed with chlorophyll along with antioxidants which play big part in improving health overall, I’ve found another use of it that will result in immediate soft and youthful looking skin; And that is to apply it topically!
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge of Matcha tea benefits, here is the method to apply it topically on your face and it could not be any simpler. All you need is match tea powder (please get organic certified one so you know that it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals!) and a few drops of hot water.
Take one 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon of match tea powder and add 1/2 teaspoon boiling water (or until the consistency is like a paste). Let the mask cool a little (it literally takes a few seconds for it to cool down as the idea is to apply the mask on the face when it’s warm – Not boiling hot. Not cold). Apply it on clean face with a soft brush and leave it for 10-15 minutes or until the mask is feels hard on your face. Then remove it with luke warm water and moisturize your face.
The immediate benefits are that your face would feel smooth and soft. If you apply this mask at least once a week, after 2-3 weeks you will notice that your skin looks radiant and would feel more supple. I apply it as close to the under eyes area as possible as the antioxidants get sealed in your skin when you apply the mask while it’s warm resulting in depuffing of the dark circles. I have noticed that overall this mask hydrates my skin more than any other DIY mask.
It takes only 10-15 of your time ONCE a week. So enjoy. Look after yourself and while you got the mask on, drink a cup of hot matcha tea 🙂
With any skin regime and DIY remedies, it is always important to do patch test on your skin to ensure, that you’re not allergic to any ingredient and I will highly recommend you do that before applying this mask to the whole face.
I look forward to hearing about your results.
Much Love x