Matcha Green Tea for DIY Beauty Home Remedies to Treat Skin Problems

Updated on May 3, 2018
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Why Matcha Green Tea

Matcha green tea has long been one of Asia’s favorite natural beauty foods, and quite rightly so. 1 Green Tea has cancer-preventive qualities all thanks to the abundance of polyphenols (a type of antioxidant), and it is anti-inflammatory. The benefits of matcha green tea can be reaped when taken both orally or topically. Learn some ways in which you can incorporate it in your beauty routine.

Matcha Green Tea
Matcha Green Tea | Source

Is Matcha The Same As Green Tea?

Sometimes you hear people saying green tea, while others mention matcha, and they sort of seem to refer to the same thing. So are they the same thing, and what exactly are they? Matcha basically means finely grounded green tea leaves.

So when you are looking at the beverage section of a menu, you would now know that matcha tea would mean tea brewed from milled green tea leaves (powder), while green tea would generally mean they are brewed with green tea leaves.

Matcha Tea: Emerald in color
Green Tea: Honey/Golden in color

Studies have actually shown that if you are drinking green tea for health benefits, you are much better off drinking matcha as opposed to green tea brewed from loose leaves. The reason is that with green tea you are ingesting the diluted essence of the green tea leaves, while with matcha tea, you are essentially consuming the actual leaves.

Things to Note

  • Matcha tea should typically be consumed within 30 days – this is its’ freshness period. However, proper storage (i.e. keeping it in an air-tight container at a cool, dry environment or freezer) will be able to lengthen its lifespan considerably.
  • Green tea in general has an approximate caffeine level of 20mg. That means it is lower than Oolong tea, black tea, Coffee, and Coke.
  • The benefits of 1 cup of matcha tea = 10 cups of green tea!

Prep your skin with your usual cleansing routine and dab dry before masking.

Matcha Mask Recipes

Matcha can be used in various types of masks to pamper your face. They are an amazing way to enhance your complexion and contains antioxidant properties that rejuvenates your skin.

Just try out these simple mask recipes and you will have glowing, radiant skin in no time, all at your convenience.

  • Matcha Yogurt Mask: soothes, hydrates, cleanses
    Ratio → Matcha powder (3) : Yogurt (5) : Honey (2)
    Directions → Mix ingredients thoroughly in clean bowl and spread over face.
    Leave on for at least 15-20 mins, rinse.
  • Matcha Sheet Mask: invigorates, brightens
    Ratio → Matcha powder (1) : Distilled water (3) + cotton sheet mask (I recommend compressed sheet masks that comes in a tab).
    Directions → Dissolve matcha powder in distilled water and soak your sheet mask in it. Wring out excess liquid (not too much, just so it doesn't dribble down your face) and mask. Leave on for at least 15-20 mins, remove mask and pat residual liquid instead of rinsing.
  • Matcha Exfoliating Mask: deep cleansing, gentle exfoliation, moisturizing
    Ratio → Matcha powder (3) : Distilled water (1.5) : Honey (1)
    Directions → Mix ingredients in to a paste and leave on face for at least 15-20 mins, after which, gently massage the paste on your face and rinse.

Green Tea brewed from loose tea leaves.
Green Tea brewed from loose tea leaves. | Source

More Matcha Green Tea Recipes

  • Green Tea Toner: soothing, refreshing, sun-protection
    Ratio → Matcha powder (1) : Distilled water (6)
    DirectionsDissolve matcha powder in distilled water and store in a (preferably) glass bottle. Refrigerate when not in use. It's best to mix up these up fresh, as you use them.
  • Matcha Facial Rinse: anti-inflammatory
    Ratio → Matcha powder (1 tsp) : Distilled water (2 cups)
    DirectionsDissolve matcha powder in distilled water and rinse your face with it. Pat dry.
  • Green Tea Facial Steam: Steaming is a great way to relax and promote blood circulation, making your skin more radiant and more receptive to beauty products.

1. Katiyar, S. K., Skin protection by green tea: antioxidant and immunomodulatory effects. Curr Drug Targets Immune Endorc Metabol Discor. 2003 3:234-42

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        Mida 

        22 months ago

        Hi can you please clarify the matcha tea toner recipe for me ? How much matcha powder and how much water and what are the steps ? Does the water have to be hot or room temp? What's the shelf life for this toner ? Can I mix other ingredients with this toner such as essential oil drops or other herbs ? Can you also explain about the green tea steam option ? Can I mix matcha or loose green tea with water and add it to my steamer machine to use ?

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        Peony 

        6 years ago

        @ diplorging - Thanks for reading (: Yes, Matcha Tea is not only beneficial to our skin but has also been linked to increased life expectancy and longevity.

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        diplorging 

        6 years ago from Serbia

        Thanks for sharing this. I have neverd hear for Matcha earlier, and I liked your explanation

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