How to Make a Glow-Enhancing Green Tea Face Mask

ingredients to make green tea face mask

It is always a good day when you fall in love with a skin treatment that shows super-positive results without much effort at all. Trying this green tea powder mask will totally transform your skin and require very little effort on your part. 

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has many health benefits. It is a great alternative for people who do not like coffee but still want to reap the positive benefits, since green tea has less caffeine than coffee but still enough to keep you focused and awake. Green tea might also help ward off certain types of cancer and heart disease, control weight and keep your mouth healthy. Regular consumption has even been shown to have some positive benefits in bone health. In addition, green tea has been shown to help preserve brain function and positively impact mood and cognition. How much green tea you need to drink each day in order to experience the benefits described is still being researched. 

If you do not like the taste of green tea you could always take green tea extract pills in order to get all the health benefits this drink can deliver. Be careful, however, green tea extract has been linked to liver damage. Always consult a doctor before taking supplements.

How Green Tea Can Help Our Skin

Green tea can benefit your skin both when you drink it and when you apply topical products containing the ingredient. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, specifically ones called EGCGs, which protect the skin from inflammation and skin aging, and calm skin prone to redness. Most skin care products that utilize green tea contain a green tea extract.

As mentioned, green tea is chock full of antioxidants which means it can calm skin inflammation. Acne is a sign of inflammation in the skin so using a skin care product with green tea in it will help to calm acne-prone skin. All skin types may benefit from drinking green tea or using green tea skin care products, even those with the most sensitive skin. 

Green Tea Powder Face Mask Recipe

If you don't want to spend money on a skin care product formulated with green tea, experiment by making your own mask. It's affordable and simple, requiring just two ingredients. Take one scoop of a green tea powder (about 1 tsp) with enough water to make it into a mask-like consistency. Use a matcha green tea powder like Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder ($20) since products labeled as such are processed in such a way that they might retain even more antioxidants than other types of green tea. Matcha is also a great green tea to drink since it has a unique taste.

How to Use it: Apply to your face, neck and chest area with a wide brush. It takes about five minutes to completely dry. Leave on for about 10 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.

Variations: Mix honey or yogurt to the green-tea powder for added moisture. Additionally, if you have regular green tea on hand, you can make a mask using that too. Take the green tea out of a tea bag and mix with honey and a little baking soda. This mask is also claimed to help clear up acne.

Noticeable Results: Your skin should be quite smooth after this treatment. Consider using this mask as a spot treatment for breakouts, especially if you're on the sensitive side. You could even apply the mask on your pimples before bed and rinse off in the morning.

  • What skin concerns will green tea treat?

    Green tea may help to promote clear skin as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles, making it appealing to those with acne-prone and/or aging skin. Its benefits stem from its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial properties.

  • Are there any side effects to using green tea topically?

    Generally speaking, green tea does not wield any side effects when used as recommended. However, those with dry or sensitive skin may be more prone to irritation.

  • Is it more effective to drink green tea or appy it topically?

    More studies are needed to determine whether ingesting green tea or applying it topically wields the most benefits. However, talk to your doctor first before taking supplements containing green tea extract which may be harmful to your liver.

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