8 DIY Matcha Face Masks:
The Ultimate Skin Food
Skin products have come a long way, now being able to treat a huge range of different issues. They can be expensive, but you don’t have to break the bank to be able to have great facial care at home.
In fact, I’m pretty sure you could whip up a great face mask right now with the ingredients you have at home!
Nature can provide our skin with all the nutrients it needs. And one of the greatest natural skin foods is matcha! Packed full of antioxidants, it can rejuvenate your skin and give you the glowing boost we need from time to time. When our skin looks good, we feel good!
The goodies in matcha most beneficial for our skin are rutin, polyphenols and vitamins A, B- complex, C, E and K. Some of them are powerful antioxidants and research has discovered great benefits when they are used topically.
Benefits of matcha for your skin
• Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral
• Helpful in protecting your skin and decreasing damage done by too much UV light
• Treatment for skin wrinkling
• Reduction in atopic dermatitis
• Soothes the skin to improve the appearance of anti-aging signs
• Protects from tissue damage
• Moisturises dry skin
• Reduces signs of fatigue
Matcha is the perfect option for a quick face mask, to give you smoother and more nourished skin.
Another fantastic compound found in matcha is epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG for short. It gives matcha great antibacterial and antibiotic properties that can help acne prone skin. Aside from helping with blemishes, EGCG promotes smoother and more supple skin due to its ability to support skin structure and rejuvenate skin cells.
Matcha face masks help fight against puffiness and skin inflammation, as well as dark eye circles (although remember to get plenty of sleep, too!) because of its high vitamin K content, a vitamin that helps improve blood circulation.
So if you have matcha at home and nothing else, you can already make a highly beneficial face mask to nourish your skin!
Here are some easy to make face masks that use matcha and other natural ingredients to give your skin the boost it needs.
When using matcha in face masks, we don’t recommend using low quality matcha with a dull green or yellowish colour. Avoid using the highest quality ceremonial matcha, too, as that’s intended for drinking on special occasions.
We find the best matcha to use is a high quality culinary grade or an everyday grade. Look out for colour, the greener the better.
1. Matcha + Water
Just mix 2 tsp of Matcha + A little bit of warm water. (1:1 ratio).
Seriously, that’s all you need!
Blend with a whisk until you have a thick, smooth paste. Then apply to a clean face. Leave it for 10 – 15 min, until it is completely dried. Then rinse it off.
2. Detox Matcha Facial Mask
1 tsp clay (of you choice)
1 tbsp warm water
* 1 drop Tea tree essential oil (ptional. Tea tree is antimicrobial.)
Matcha has also anti-inflammatory properties thanks to its caffeine content, and adding some clay and essential oils will help your skin if it’s prone to acne.
3. Soothing/Glowing Matcha Facial Mask
1tbsp warm water
2tbsp ripe mashed papaya
1 tbsp plain yogurt (if you want to add extra strains of probiotics, go for Kefir. If you are vegan, use either Kombucha vinegar or pineapple juice)
The Papaya has some enzymes that help smooth the skin, by firming and reducing scars. The yogurt, just like Kombucha vinegar, can help brighten up the skin plus you benefit from the added benefits of having probiotics added to the skin.
4. Nourishing Matcha Mask
1 tbsp warm water
2tbsp ripe mashed banana
Honey works wonders on our skin. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps heal wounds and nourishes the skin. The banana is a very complete fruit in nutrients. Applied to the skin, it can also nourish, moisturise, repair and enhances glow.
This is one of the best masks you could give to your face after a long stressful day.
5. Anti-Aging Matcha Mask
½ ripe avocado mashed
1 tbsp olive oil
The lemon is a great source of Vitamin C so, just like matcha, it has great antioxidant properties. It can also soothe and reduce wrinkles as well as provide anti-aging benefits. It also helps even out the skin if you have blemishes.
Avocado is another amazing fruit that has Omega3, vitamins A,D E. So it also helps, when used with antioxidant-rich ingredients, fight signs of aging. On top of that, the Olive oil can repair sun damage and premature aging.
6. Repairing Matcha Mask - Specially after a day out in the sun
1 tbsp warm water
4 tbsp Aloe Vera
1 tb Olive Oil
2 tbsp Coconut Oil (chilled)
Blend the aloe first then add the coconut oil. It will look like whipped cream. Keep blending and add the olive oil and the matcha paste. Apply where needed.
Aloe Vera is one of your best allies if you have burns (including sunburn). It heals and soothes burn wounds and increases the body’s production of Hyaluronic Acid. Aloe Vera also has a protective effect against radiation damage to the skin, is a great moisturiser and can help reduce wrinkles.
Coconut oil can reduce inflammation, keeping skin moisturized and helping heal wounds. The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil also possess antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne and protect the skin from harmful bacteria.
7. Soothing Matcha Mask
1tbsp warm water
2tbsp Oat Paste (blend oats and warm water)
*5 drops Chamomile or Blue Chamomile essential oil
Oats are an amazing natural moisturizer. They are also packed with antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. They can be a great option when you have skin breakouts. Chamomile, especially the blue type, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It’s actually one of the oldest anti-inflammatories used by humans, used to also ease skin conditions like eczema and rashes.
Together these ingredients will be of great help soothing your skin.
8. Homemade Matcha Eye Mask
Specially useful on the days you are not getting much sleep, the caffeine present on Matcha along with the Rose water will help reducing puffiness and the dark circles.
1 tsp matcha
1 tsp warm water
5 tbsp rose water
Cotton Make-up pads
Cut the pads into 2 semicircles. Mix the matcha with the warm water first. Once it’s fully dissolved, pour in the rose water. Add the cotton pads into the mixture and let it soak for a few seconds. Wrap them in cling film and store in the freezer.
Article credit : ENSŌ Matcha