I think I can safely say we all want to fade brown spots, smooth bumpiness, hydrate and brighten dull skin, right? I’ve created a mask that has an insane amount of antioxidants. In case you don’t know, antioxidants basically fight aging as well as reverse it. If we were to buy an over the counter mask, there would be no way to get the amount of fresh antioxidants that are in this homemade mask. Have I peaked your interest? Good, because this mask is simple and your skin is going to glow!
So first, let’s talk about matcha and why you need it on your skin. Matcha is the highest quality green tea available. Made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, matcha is steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being ground into fine powder. Matcha actually has 137 times more antioxidants than brewed green tea!
Did you know it takes 10 cups of regular green tea to equal the amount of antioxidants that are in only 1 cup of matcha tea? Matcha is rich in chlorophyl which helps to detox the skin. It is rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, selenium, chromium zinc and magnesium. Green tea, because of it’s lofty antioxidant level, can protect and heal the skin from UV damage! Thanks to all those free radical fighting antioxidants, matcha is one powerful anti aging ingredient! Whether you ingest it or apply it topically, you will reap immense benefits!
I highly recommend Mountain Rose Herb’s matcha tea. It’s important to find a safe source for green tea and matcha due to the amount of pesticides that are typically sprayed on green tea crops. Plus, I can’t resist my daily Matcha latte-(recipe HERE). I promise you won’t waste a jar of matcha! To learn even more about matcha go HERE and what about matcha nice cream? Yep, I got that recipe too-go HERE!
The next skin enhancing ingredients I like to add is yogurt. Yogurt is one of my favorite ingredients to grab when my skin is looking dull. Probiotics on the skin are a real thing. Yogurt can bring balance to your skin just as it can your gut! Yogurt also contains a good amount of zinc which when used topically, is helpful when needing to reduce the appearance of scars and sun/age spots. Lactic acid helps rid your skin of dead skin cells while the milk nourishes.
Last but not least, I like to add blueberries. Blueberries in particular have a load of antioxidants and are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Vitamin A can reduce wrinkles, dark spots and blotchy skin. Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals and brightens the skin. Vitamin E helps minimize fine lines. Blueberries increase circulation which can help accelerate healing and brighten. They also can reduce redness and puffiness due to inflammation.
DIY Matcha Blueberry Mask
- Crush blueberries with the back of a spoon.
- Sprinkle matcha powder over blueberries.
- Add yogurt and mix.
- Apply a thick layer over the skin.
- Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse off with cool water.
- Follow up with a toner and moisturizer.
**I don’t take the time to blend my blueberries. This would be ideal in order to reap the benefits of the whole blueberry but like most of us, I’m usually in a rush and find that crushing the blueberries with my spoon still delivers amazing results! However, if I were to blend the blueberries, I would use a baby food food processor like THIS one.**
I’ve been doing a lot of “kitchen” masks lately and have several more to share that I’ve felt made a difference in my skin! I just love the concept of using pantry items on your skin that actually work! Anyone have a mask they’d like to share??!!