Do you have some matcha in your cupboard that is not so fresh anymore? Don’t throw it out! You can use older matcha to make all kinds of baked goods and beauty products. Making a matcha green tea face mask is incredibly fast and easy, there is also an added bonus of getting to look like a ninja turtle for a bit.
Many websites I looked at while researching this made claims that matcha is great for your skin for a few different reasons:
Matcha has approximately 70mg* of caffeine vs. 25mg* in a cup of steeped green tea. Caffeine has been shown to constrict blood vessels, it can temporarily reduce swelling and decrease puffy under-eye circles.The ingredient also acts as a diuretic, dehydrating fat cells and making skin appear smoother, for a short time.
I also came across some claims that the large amounts of antioxidants in matcha can help slow down or even stop your skin from ageing. I am more than just a little bit skeptical of these claims. However I do believe that taking a moment out of your day to do something relaxing for yourself can help you feel better internally and that this will in turn show itself externally in the form of a big smile.
How to make it you need:
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
I used Lemon juice for an added yummy lemon smell, but water can also be used. If using water be sure it is room temperature, no one wants a cup of boiling tea in their face.
Mix until smooth and apply to clean face. Let the mask dry for 10-15min before washing off.
*Caffeine is difficult to assign an exact amount to. There are a number of variables that can alter caffeine content.