Happy Friday, Friends! And for all of my fellow Canadians: happy Canada Day weekend!
Here in Toronto, the sun is shining and the air is hot. It’s the perfect setting for how I’m going to spend my weekend: at an annual baseball tournament with my family.
Every year since I was born, my famjam and our friends have participated in this event and it’s definitely something we look forward to. Sunshine, great company, and many cold beers and cocktails. What else could you possibly want?
So in anticipation for this weekend, I’m prepping my skin for the damage its about to endure from the UV rays.
How am I prepping my skin? Why, with a home-made matcha green tea face mask!
But at least it’s super simple to make and does wonders for the skin! Here’s why.
- – Matcha green tea is arguably the most antioxident-dense food there is. I wrote an article about the benefits of the tea a while back, and you can find it here. In short, it’s green tea leaves that have had their stems removed (which makes “tencha”) and has then been stone-grounded into a very fine powder. This means that when you drink it, you’re ingesting the entire green tea leaves rather than just water that’s been steeped with them. It’s like a green tea on steroids.
- – Animal and human studies have shown that green tea can enhance sun protection when used on the skin. Apparently, green tea can help prevent sun damage by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation. There’s no evidence to suggest that it blocks UV rays, so make sure you’re still using sunscreen.
- – Green tea’s likely to slow down signs of aging. Since this stuff is so packed with antioxidents and acts as an inflammatory, it’s great for boosting skin’s elasticity and reducing wrinkles.
- – It feels fantastic. When applying this face mask, it provides that nice cool and soothing sensation. You’ve gotta try it!
How to Make it
1. Add about 2 tbsp of matcha green tea to a bowl.
2. Add just a dribble of water to wet it and turn it into a paste. Then, add a little bit of raw honey (preferably organic). The honey helps the skin absorb and maintain moisture. Without it, my skin ends up feeling a wee-bit dry. You could also use coconut oil instead.
3. Mix it up with your fingers and apply.
Until next time, stay fabulous. xo
Sources: http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/greentea.html, http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/honey-and-skin-care.html