Matcha Beauty Routine? Here Are Five Ways To Use This Ingredient | CoolJapan

It's no secret that matcha is a beloved food ingredient. There's matcha cake, matcha milk tea, matcha ice cream, matcha gyoza and even a matcha hotpot. But did you know that this delicious culinary favourite can also be beneficial to your skin when topically applied? Matcha is shown to have high volumes of the antioxidant EGCG which can assist in rejuvenating skin cells. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which are great for those who are experiencing acne. Awesome, right?

Wanna try a matcha beauty routine? Here are five ways to incorporate matcha in your skincare.

Matcha facial wash

Matcha Beauty Routine

A teaspoon of matcha goes a long way. (Photo from: Matcha & CO via Unsplash)

Want to try an all-natural cleanser to see if it suits your skin? Consider starting with this gentle DIY matcha-infused facial wash recipe made by beauty blogger Rina. The ingredients are relatively easy to source; you'd need water, organic honey, avocado oil, tea tree essential oil, unscented Castile soap, and of course, matcha powder. You just mix everything in a clean bowl and transfer it to a bottle. Shake before using and that's it. 

Matcha facial mist

Don't want to splurge on facial mists? Try this hassle-free step to include in your matcha beauty routine. Just take green tea leaves or matcha powder and steep in hot water. Put it in a spritz bottle and add aloe vera, according to Half Hippy. Anytime you feel dry, you can just spritz some on your face to refresh your skin and mood.

Matcha face scrub

Matcha Mixed With Water In A Bowl

Matcha can be a gentle face scrub. (Photo from: Jason Leung via Unsplash)

If you're fond of physical exfoliators, it's best to stick to gentle ones like this matcha sugar face scrub recipe by Traci. All you need is organic cane sugar, jojoba or coconut oil, matcha powder, and some loose green tea. Combine dry ingredients separately and add the oil until the desired consistency is achieved. 

Another way is to take the tea leaves from used tea bags, put them in a bowl then mix in honey and rice flour, as shown by Lindy of Bubzbeauty. It's not exactly matcha since the tea leaves are not finely ground into powder but it's also a good alternative to keep in mind. So don't toss those tea bags yet!

Matcha facial mask

A must-try if you want to start a matcha beauty routine, this luxurious-looking facial mask recipe by Shruti Mane of Glamrs only needs four ingredients. In a bowl, mix water, matcha powder, honey (to soothe skin) and cinnamon (can stimulate blood flow). Putting on DIY facial masks is not only great for self-care sessions but even the act of prepping and making it is also calming. When you mix all the ingredients, enjoy the soothing sight of the creamy matcha texture. 

Matcha moisturiser

This matcha moisturiser recipe by Jessica Rodriguez Skincare is a little complicated to make because the ingredients may be a little hard to come by but it's worth a try nonetheless. You'll need raw African shea butter, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, pomegranate oil, essential oil blends, organic matcha powder with lemon, beeswax, and mango butter. Mix all of these together for a nice and creamy yet light moisturiser. 

Would you try a matcha beauty routine? If so, do remember to do a patch test first to see how your skin will react to DIY skincare recipes.

(Cover photo from: Unsplash/Alice Pasqual)

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