It was 5 years ago when I used a green tea face mask for the first time. I was not sure of how good this mask could be until one day when I was chatting with one of my relatives. She is younger than I am, and she was unhappy with the fact that fine lines had started to appear on her forehead.
I was glad that I started early enough with my beauty regimen.
I shared my recipe with her, and today, in this post, I will show you how you can make this anti-aging green tea face mask.
However, before I do, let me explain why you should add green tea to your beauty routine.
Why should you Include Green Tea in your Beauty Routine?
Green tea has become so popular in nearly every field. It seems that it is capable of doing nearly everything; it helps you lose weight, fight cancer, heart diseases, hair loss, and the signs of aging. By simply consuming green tea during the day, you are boosting your body’s immune system, and providing it with anti-oxidants needed for staying in a good health inside and outside.
Green Tea Benefits for Your Skin
#1 Best for Fighting Aging Signs
You might have noticed that many skincare products use green tea extract in their anti-aging products. Green tea is a great anti-oxidant that slows down the aging process when applied topically on your skin.
Green tea contains polyphenols, which fight free radicals; free radicals that form in the skin due to sun exposure and pollution and are responsible for decreasing collagen in your skin.
#2 Relieves Puffy Eyes
Many skincare products designed for curing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes contain caffeine. Why spend money on purchasing such products when you can use natural caffeine in green tea to soothe puffy eyes?
Tip Place cotton pads soaked in cold green tea on your eyes and relax for 20 minutes. This will reduce puffiness, and help tighten the skin around your eyes.
#3 Skin Toner
I always keep what is left in the teapot in a jar for a few days and store in the fridge. When your skin feels dry, green tea will give it a touch of moisture.
Tip #1 Use a cotton ball to pat on green tea on your face during the day, this will help shrink large pores, and cools down irritated skin. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes then rinse with cool water.
Tip #2 You can also store green tea in an ice tray, then use green tea ice cubes as a skin toner, or for cooling down irritated skin, for example after waxing your face. [This is called “skin icing“, which is a method that is known to help shrink the pores, improve blood circulation, fight acne and blemishes, and tighten the skin].
#4 Green Tea Can Cure Acne
In an interesting study Allure stats that:
“In a study of 35 people with chronic breakouts, acne decreased by 80 to 90 percent in eight weeks with daily application of a cream containing an antioxidant from green tea (EGCG). “The efficacy was greater than has been found with other acne medications,” including a prescription treatment combining a retinoid with benzoyl peroxide, says Dae Hun Suh, a professor of dermatology at Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea.”
Because green tea helps reduce inflammation in the skin, you can use it to cure acne by either drinking green tea or applying it directly onto your skin or by doing both.
#5 Helps Protect Your Skin from Harmful Sunrays
When drinking green tea, antioxidants in green tea are capable of fighting free radicals, and thus helps fight age spots, and reduces wrinkles.
#6 Gentle Skin Scrub
Most skin scrubs available in the market contain synthetic microbeads. Green tea can exfoliate your skin much better than these products, and help protect your skin from nasty chemicals.
DIY Green Tea Homemade Recipes
In the following recipes, I am using organic Japanese green tea from Kyoto, Japan. Nanami, the brand, is a great way to enhance the quality of your lifestyle, which will reflect on the inside and outside.
Did I tell you that Nanami’s logo is a Japanese character, meaning “beauty” <3?
Nanami Green Tea offers four types of organic green tea perfectly packed in resealable bags:
- Matcha green tea, this genuine vibrant green tea contains calcium, protein, and vitamin C, making it a great anti-oxidant source.
- Sencha green tea; the Japan’s favorite green tea, and my favorite for making face masks and scrubs.
- Hojicha green tea; roasted Japanese green tea leaves that are nutty and toasty with a slightly caramel-like flavor; my favorite to enjoy it after a meal!
- Genmaicha green tea; perfect to enjoy before a meal to control appetite or after a meal to smooth digestion.
If you wish to enjoy drinking any of these green tea types, make sure to follow the instructions the bitter taste. As a rule of thumb, do not brew green tea for too long, as this will make your tea taste bitter. A teaspoon of green tea is ideal for one cup of hot water (at 180°F); never use boiling water for making your green tea.
Matcha Green Tea Face Mask
Matcha green tea is well known for being loaded with anti-oxidants and helps reduce inflammation. It helps increase the elasticity of your skin, and fight acne, making it a wonderful face mask for acne prone skin. If you have dry skin or normal skin, you will also benefit from this facemask.
- 1 Tablespoon Matcha Green Tea
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Warm water enough to form a paste
- Mix honey and Matcha, then slowly add water to form a paste, let it cool before use.
- Apply to your face (and neck!), and leave on till it dries (approximately 15 minutes).
- Rinse your face with water.
- Apply your serum and moisturizer as usual.
DIY Green Tea Scrub
I like to use Nanami Sencha green tea in this recipe; it has anti-ageing properties, acne-fighting complexes, and the ability to minimize UV damage. It also contains catechins, which are nature’s antibiotics.
- 1 tablespoon grounded Sencha green tea.
- 1/2 teaspoon mint leaves finely ground.
- 1 teaspoon honey.
- Few drops of lemon juice (skip if you have sensitive skin)
- 1 teaspoon argan oil.
- Mix ingredients well.
- Apply to your face while working in a circular motion.
- Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse with water and pat dry.
- Continue your skincare regimen as usual.
Even before applying your moisturizer, this scrub will make your skin smooth and glowing. You can use it 1-2 times a week.
There are endless ways of making a face mask using green tea; depending on your skin needs, you can mix it with so many ingredients to fight acne, exfoliate your skin, fight aging signs, lighten your skin tone, and much more. Make sure you use high-quality organic ingredients like Nanami Green tea and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Have fun, and enjoy making your own DIY recipes for a beautiful YOU!
*Though the brand sent me these product for review, all opinions are my own, and completely based on my own experience.