Matcha Is My Latest Beauty Obsession — Especially This DIY Mask

In addition to be totally delicious, this antioxidant-rich green tea powder can be put directly on your face.
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In addition to be totally delicious, this antioxidant-rich green tea powder can be put directly on your face.

As Stevie Nicks once brilliantly belted, "Even children get older, and I'm getting older, too." Lately, I've noticed my skin has started showing signs of aging, but I'm not ready to break down and book a Botox appointment yet. 

Instead, I'm stepping up my beauty game before my face looks like a "landslide brought it down," and I'm trying matcha to improve the look and feel of my skin.

Photos by Elaine Fragosa

Photos by Elaine Fragosa

Matcha is a type of high-quality, shade-grown green tea that is specially harvested and ground into a fine powder. Originally from China, it was brought to Japan centuries ago and served in traditional tea ceremonies. Matcha has also been used by Zen Buddhist monks to aid in meditation.

Because the entire tea leaf is consumed, matcha contains a lot more antioxidants than regular green tea. All of those wonderful antioxidants work to fight the negative effects of free radicals and UV radiation, and can help repair sun-damaged skin.

This looks big, but it's actually a small sauce cup and tiny whisk.

This looks big, but it's actually a small sauce cup and tiny whisk.

Recently, matcha has gained popularity as an ingredient in smoothies, baked goods, and even salad dressing, but there's nothing wrong with enjoying it the way it has been done for thousand of years: in straight up hot tea form. Any way you like it, ingesting matcha reduces inflammation which could mean less acne and more vibrant skin. 

In addition to be totally delicious, matcha can be put directly on your face.

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Heres' how to make the matcha mask you see on my face, above.

  • Boil water.
  • Mix one tablespoon of matcha with about 1/2 a tablespoon of water until you have a paste that spreads easily. I added 1/2 a teaspoon of coconut oil as a moisturizer.
  • Apply to freshly cleansed skin. (I wash my face with Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash because it works well for the combination situation I've got going on.) Let the mask sit for 20 minutes or until dry. Go ahead and pour yourself a cup of tea while you wait.
  • When you can't stand it anymore, use a washcloth to remove your Kermit face.
  • Marvel at how beautiful you are!

My dogs barked, and being a nervous ninny, I jumped, accidentally adding too much water. The consistency came out a little thinner than I had wanted. I had some of the mask leftover, which I sealed in an airtight container and stuck in the fridge. It should be okay for a few days, and the mixture can also be used just as a spot treatment.

You can play with the contents of this mask depending on your needs. Cut out some of the water and add honey, aloe vera, or Greek yogurt if you're dealing with dry skin. 

Did I instantly shave all those years spent foolishly frolicking in the sun off my face? No. But my skin did feel smoother and my partner said my skin looked brighter. 

What I liked about this mask is that it didn't make my face feel stripped afterwards, which often happens when I use commercially made products. Before the mask, I had flaky skin around my chin, and it was remarkably softer when I finished. Another bonus is that if you accidentally get some of it in your mouth, it doesn't taste gross. Plus, it's always nice to have a beauty product that can double as a drink.

If I had the money, I would guzzle matcha like there was no tomorrow, and I wouldn't stop at my face — I'd make a full body mask out of the stuff. But alas, my funds are limited, and the price of the tea is a bit steep. Realistically, I'll probably have a cup of matcha once in a blue moon and use it as a mask maybe twice a month. And when I do, I'll definitely stop to "see my reflection in the snow-covered hills."