Beauty, Natural Healing

Field Test: Matcha mask

I’ve been sweating an awful lot lately as a part of my new hot yoga regimen (I ditched the gym a while back and found a new way to be active). I’m sweating tons and I love it only because I’m still staying hydrated in the process. Unfortunately I’ve been having some trouble with breakouts, particularly on my face, neck and shoulders.

I’ve been looking for an off-the-beaten-path beauty cure and in the process I reached for my jar of matcha (powdered green tea).

I wondered, would applying green tea topically have the same health benefits of drinking it, such as anti-oxidizing my body, reducing inflammation and maybe even cut out some oil?

The Test:

Looks lovely, doesn’t it?

I combined two tablespoons of matcha, which is usually dissolved directly into hot water for drinking, with just enough water to make a paste.

I smoothed it on my face and  left it to dry, which took about 15 minutes. Afterward, I rinsed it off with warm water.

The Verdict:

My face felt light and happy, maybe a little brighter, but I didn’t see much in the way of matte-fying my skin for any notable amount of time (activated charcoal was much more effective in that department.). I might try it again, just because I love green tea, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s not effective for my purposes.

Also be careful with matcha, as it’s literally powder and will get on everything. It will stain your washcloth short term. I discourage making tea from your spent matcha and face washing water. Yuck!

Do you love green tea for your face?

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