Go Green! DIY Green Tea Face Mask
Why go DIY? Well, first off, you often have no idea what kinds of chemicals or processes the products you use include. Sure, you can read the ingredients, but often, they’ll mean nothing to anyone who isn’t really in the know.
Your skin absorbs the ingredients you put on it, and you end up ingesting a whole lot of lipstick over your lifetime, so it’s really important to know what’s in your beauty products. As well, if you’re finding it hard to find a product that works for you (especially if you tend to be sensitive or have allergies, you can make your own and keep adjusting the recipe until it’s absolutely perfect for your needs. Added bonus: think of all the money you’ll save by making your own stuff, as opposed to buying it.
A face mask is something that’s easily made, especially this green tea face mask – which literally uses 3 ingredients. You can almost do it while you’re running out the door to work. (Well, maybe don’t. Walking into work with a face full of green tea may not be the best look.) But my point is, it takes so quick to make and requires so little effort, that you simply have no choice but to make it. Trust me, you’ll thank me afterwards.
We’re in January, which, for most of us, means that the warm weather is but a blissful memory, and way too far off from where we are now. This also means that a lot of us are suffering from dry, cracked skin due to the lack of moisture in the air. When my husband asked me the other day why my skin was peeling, I realized that I had to do something to restore it back to its healthy, non-peeling state. (I mean, it’s one thing for me to notice; but if other people are commenting on it, I can no longer imagine it away.) Enter: the face mask.
What Is A Face Mask?
A face mask is used to keep your skin firm and hydrated, and can also target specific skin issues. So, why green tea?
Green tea is positively loaded with antioxidants, whose job is to fight against free radicals. Most skin damage is due to free radicals (think: wrinkles, fine lines and those other signs that mean we may not be as young in biological years as we are at heart). Therefore, it just makes sense to include green tea in a face mask that promotes healthier skin, doesn’t it? I thought so, too.
DIY Green Tea, Aloe Vera And Honey Face Mask
If you like green tea, then you’ve probably heard of Matcha powder. Matcha is from the same plant as green tea, but is a far more concentrated form (and generally, more expensive, too). That’s because Matcha has a higher concentration of polyphenols known as chlorophyll, which has anticancer and antioxidant properties. In fact, the matcha form of green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than the regular version. Just imagine what that could do for your skin!
Aloe vera gel is incredibly moisturizing without being oily, so it works well even if you have oily skin. (Your skin still needs to stay hydrated, even if you don’t want to be adding any oil.) The gel not only fights signs of ageing, but encourages new skin growth, helps your skin to heal, and reduces inflammation (pimples, anyone?).
And then there’s organic honey. I mean, really, who hasn’t heard about the benefits of raw organic honey? Forget the sore throat; honey does absolute miracles for your skin. It’s also loaded with antioxidants; plus, it helps give your skin a healthy glow. It’s antibacterial and also helps to unclog your pores, so if you suffer from acne or have acne-prone skin, you need to try this. You Will Need:
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder.
- 1 teaspoon raw organic honey.
- 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel.
Start by washing your face and patting it dry. Then mix the ingredients together, and spread the mixture over your face (avoiding your eyes and lips). Leave it on for at least 20 minutes, or up until one hour.
How Often Should You Use It?
That’s it; plain, simple and easy. I’d recommend using this mask once a week, and you can also use it as a spot treatment for particular problem areas. After using it just once, you should notice clearer, brighter and better skin!
Even if you’re not into DIY for your shampoo or lip gloss, a face mask is something that is so much easier to create on your own – and it’s often more effective (and certainly more natural) than the stuff you buy at the store. So do yourself a favor. Get out the matcha and honey from your pantry, cut open an aloe vera leaf, and get mixing!