Matcha Mud Mask


Prep Notes


“Unlike traditional green tea extract, matcha is a powder created from the leaves of the green tea plant itself. Matcha is thought to have much more potent antioxidant activity as compared to green tea,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist and director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research for the Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital, tells Clean Plates. “It contains EGCG, a potent catechin antioxidant that helps protect the skin against free-radical damage. It also is a useful ingredient in brightening the skin and supporting healthy collagen production.”


Plus, since it’s a powder, matcha mixes easily into DIY masks and scrubs. Here’s a recipe for a mask using matcha and just a few always-in-your-pantry ingredients, to get you looking fresh and gorgeous in a green flash, any time.

Ingredients


  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • ½ tsp raw honey
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • 2 to 3 drops essential oil, such as lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus

Directions


  1. Using a popsicle stick or mixing tool, mix matcha, honey and oils in a small bowl until the mixture forms a thick paste. Gently apply to your face in a circular, massaging motion, taking care to avoid your eyes. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes (mixture will not harden as mud masks do). Gently remove with warm water or a warm, wet washcloth.

Notes


Make sure all of the ingredients are warmed to room temperature before mixing, to allow for easier spreading on the skin.