Most of us take baths once in a while because we find it relaxing and soothing. Little do we know the benefits of Epsom salts that go beyond it’s ability to relieve pain and relax muscles. It’s not only a powerful muscle relaxant, but it also improves our body’s ability to absorb nutrients. It flushes the toxins and harmful heavy metals out of the body and eases muscle pain.
There are so many cosmetics and skincare products in the market that have carcinogenic ingredients in them that it boggles my mind how they were even allowed to exist in the first place let alone making it to the shelves of supermarkets, beauty salons and skincare/cosmetic stores. These products should always be avoided because they have the potential to cause some serious long term health problems.
Remember our skin is the biggest organ in our body and anything that you put on your body goes in you body; it is directly absorbed into your blood stream, 60% of which can go into the organs. That is why it is even more important to use the cleanest skincare products for the vitality of our health because healthy immune system shows through healthy and radiating skin.
Below are some of the preservatives and chemicals that I particularly watch out for when buying cosmetics and any skincare product e.g. shampo, hair sprays, hand wash, body lotion, face cream, essential oils etc. (Literally anything that I would put on my skin!).
Many companies resorted to use of preservatives after the Parabens controversy. But these preservatives can be just as bad depending on their quantity in the product. The baddest of them all are:
- Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
- Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
- Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
- Synthetic Fragrances and Parfarm
- Animal derivatives
- Other ionic Harsh Detergents such as ammonium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate
- Propylene Glycol
- Artificial colours
- Mineral Oils
- Coal Tar dyes
- Chemical Sunscreens (with Retinyl Palmitate, Oxybenzone and Octyl Methoxycinnamate
- Heavy Metals: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Nickel and More
Below are some of the things that I look for when buying a face cream for a healthy, supple skin.
- Retinol (Vitamin A): Most products will have it less than 1% mixed with other ingredients. It must be used with caution as it thins the skin. Products containing Retinol should not be used on and around eye area where the skin is delicate and the thinnest.
- Shea Butter: It is great for keeping the skin moisture retained especially through night time and any “Shea butter” creams should only be used on Body not face as it clogs pores and is a big NO NO for oily skin types
- Pure Vitamin E oil: Should not be used by itself on the face as it clogs pores. Use a cream that contains it with other vitamins and antioxidants OR mix it with other essential oils before application to face.
- Tip: I usually mix a drop of Vitamin E oil with Chamomile and Rose hip oil during the day when I am not going outside. The mixture thins the Vitamin E oil and instead of rubbing the mixture vigorously into the skin I use my fingers on my face as if I was dabbing it.
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