face masks

Queen Bee of Green Tea

It always seems that the DC area gets its worst storm of the season right when we think winter is over. Our “worst storm” turned out to be a lot more bark (large snowflakes & wind) than bite (zero accumulation). I’m not complaining at all though. It gave me good reason to stay inside and cozy in my pajamas all day. It also lead to the creation of two firsts: (1) a matcha green tea face mask and (2) a matcha green tea latte. For those of you not familiar, matcha is a Japanese finely-milled green tea.

Matcha Face Mask:

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 2 tsp rose water or good quality water (I used rose water)

How to:  Mix ingredients until you have a nice smooth paste. Apply to clean skin. Leave on for 10 minutes . Wash off gently with warm water. Pat (never rub!) skin dry. 

I noticed my skin was brighter and smoother right away. Such an antioxidant overload (in a good way) for your face! This mask is beneficial for all skin types.

Matcha Latte:

  • 12 – 16 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I use Trader Joe’s) + a splash of organic whole milk (milk amount based on mug size)
  • 2 teaspoons of matcha powder (I got mine here)
  • honey to taste – I used 1 heaping teaspoon  (I’m currently using Trader Joe’s Organic Wild Collected Raw Honey, which has a very interesting nutty flavor)

How to:  Heat milk in a small pot on medium heat until nearly boiled. Add matcha and honey. Whisk vigorously until tea is frothy. 

I know I didn’t do this the 100% proper way (read here), but it turned out really great. Although, I think sifting the matcha first would have helped with not having left over matcha at bottom of the latte or maybe I just didn’t put enough elbow grease into the whisking :)

Healthy benefits: Matcha is believed to boost metabolism and  lower cholesterol levels when consumed on a regular basis. Matcha’s powerful punch can largely be attributed to the fact that the whole tea leaf is ingested. This means that it delivers a much higher potency of chlorophyll, catechinsand antioxidants.

Skin Food Inside & Out

Avocados are some serious skin food with their biotin (forms the basis of healthy skin), as well as their skin (and heart) healthy monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats help provide skin with a natural oil barrier reducing the occurrence of itchy/dry skin.

To keep skin looking healthy and glowing, include avocados in your diet on a regular basis and also remember that they make a perfect, all natural and inexpensive revitalizing skin treatment. This is a quick and easy recipe that I would recommend for all skin types, but especially for dry or sensitive skin.

Combine:

  • 1/2 mashed avocado
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp yogurt

How to:

  1. Wash your face with warm water and pat dry
  2. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your entire face minus the eye area
  3. Allow the mask to set for 15 minutes
  4. Rinse thoroughly with warm H20, and again, pat dry — the key word is “pat” NOT “rub”.  Rubbing is abrasive and not a good idea when it comes to your delicate face!

Another Giveaway!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Alaska Glacial Mud Company, a truly unique company with some seriously stellar and therapeutic products featuring you guessed it — mineral-rich, glacial mud from Alaska!

The winner will have the pleasure of testing out the Glacial Facial Purifying Mineral Mud Masque in Vanilla Lavender (masque brush included) and the Exfoliating Mineral Soap Bar:

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You have until 6pm EST on Wednesday, December 29th to enter. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on December 30th. Good luck!!