Ready to take your morning caffeine habit to the next level? It may be time to replace your loose leaves or cup of coffee with matcha. A powdered form of steamed and dried green tea leaves that has been used in Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, matcha tastes like a grassier, brighter version of the regular stuff. Think of it as the "healthy espresso of green tea," say David Mandelbaum and Jessica Lloyd, owners of matcha purveyor Panatea. So just how healthy is the green powder? A study found that one serving of matcha has 137 times more disease-fighting polyphenols, called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), than a brewed mug of conventional China Green Tips — the equivalent of up to 10 cups of regular green tea! With such an antioxidant punch, it's no wonder that matcha just may be the new superfood. Read on for why it could just be a miracle in a mug.
Weight-loss concentrate: EGCG has been shown in some lab studies to boost metabolism, and other research has shown that EGCG may help stop the growth of new fat cells. While more studies are still needed to confirm results in humans, add to this the fact that drinking green tea instead of sugary drinks can help you save calories, and opting for a healthy matcha-based drink (like this lower-calorie version of Starbucks's green tea latte) may just be a wise weight-loss decision.
Disease-fighter: The concentrated levels of antioxidants in matcha are hard to beat, especially considering catechins in green tea have been shown to have cancer-preventing as well as immunity-boosting effects, including helping prevent high-risk health workers from catching the flu.
Daily detox: Matcha may just help keep your body functioning in tip-top shape; a lab study in rats with type 2 diabetes found that a daily dose of matcha provided a protective effect on their liver and kidney systems. Other research has found that green tea drinkers had a 33 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes by helping reduce blood glucose levels — the more green tea they drank, the lower the risk.
Jitter-free energy: A serving of matcha has less caffeine than an espresso, but its nutrient makeup just may give you more energy. Because the tea leaves used to make matcha are protected from sunlight before being harvested and steamed, the leaves retain much of their natural chlorophyll (which is why matcha is so green), a substance that has been shown to help boost energy. Plus, green tea is an excellent source of the mind-calming amino acid L-theanine, which means you may just feel more awake and alert without the late-afternoon caffeine crash.
When buying matcha, be sure and check each product so you know you're buying high-quality tea with the most health benefits. "The more vibrantly green the matcha is, the higher the chlorophyll and amino acid content," David and Jessica advise. Also, check labels and watch out for additives and sugars, which some matcha products contain. For the perfect cup, David and Jessica recommend heating water until near boiling (180°F) and whisking in matcha powder in a "M" or "W" motion.
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If you’ve read my 3 step home facial for glowing skin I probably don’t need to tell you how natural ingredients can do wonders for your skin! Today I’m going to show you how to whip up my diy face mask using cosmetic clay.
Similar to my hydrating homemade face mask for glowing skin, this is one of the best recipes I know to get your skin sparkling again! You can use it once a week to help clean and energize the skin by gently exfoliating and improving blood circulation.
Clay face masks can help treat blackheads, spots and other blemishes by unblocking pores, alleviating toxins and balancing out or replenishing the natural occurring oils of the face.
I’ve found that the natural cosmetic clay itself has the capability to absorb any excess oils, grime and other unwanted toxins from the skin. As well as exfoliating and toning, it will also promote the growth of new cells! The active properties in herbs, oils, fruit powders, milks and essential oils will all give your diy mask even more benefits.
Better yet, all the recipes below can be tailored to suit your own needs! If you have oily skin, go for green or yellow clay masks with the addition of organic fuller’s earth. Sensitive skin will thank you for using white or pink clay, as will dry skin.
The recipes below will last for 2 weeks without a preservative and 6 months with a preservative. But they must be stored in air tight containers. I found these mini clip top glass storage preserving Jars On Amazon are perfect if I’m giving these as a gift. I usually double up on the recipe too, as the recipes below are only enough for a couple of treatments.
How To Make A Mature Skin Face Mask
This homemade face mask not only helps to combat those wrinkles and encourages new cell growth, it smells absolutely divine.
I’ve chosen white clay so that it’s gentle enough to be used on both sensitive and dry skin. I’ve added honey as well, because it’s great for so many things! Its addition here can help moisturize the skin, kill bacteria and fight those evil wrinkles.
All the essential oils have been chosen specifically for their rejuvenating and regenerating qualities. They will brighten up dull and aging skin, leaving it looking fresh and nourished.
Here’s What You Need To Make This Clay Mask
Step 1. Place the water into a clean bowl and add the preservative if using (see note on small weighing small amounts).
Step 2. Sprinkle in the clay and leave to stand for a couple of minutes until the clay has begun to dissolve, and then stir well.
Step 3. Stir in the milk and honey. You can also add a little more water at this point until you reach a consistency that you are happy with.
Step 4. Add the essential oils and transfer to an air tight container.
How To Use Your DIY Face Mask:
These diy face masks are so simple to use, and just take a couple of steps to get going.
Make sure you cleanse your face, removing any traces of makeup. If you don’t wear makeup, do this regardless.
I always rub a little lip balm on my lips before applying the mask as it stops them drying out. You can learn how to make your very own lip balm, or you could also use Vaseline.
Using either a brush or a clean finger, apply a thin layer across the face, being careful to reach those creases around the nose and mouth. Be careful not to apply too closely around the eyes or on the eye lids; just stay out of this area all together.
At this point, you’ll want to let it dry for around 10-15 mins. If I’m on my own I’ll just get on with the laundry or something to occupy the time. If I’m with the girls I’ll mix up some frozen margaritas, cut some cucumber for our eyes and make a spa day of it!
When it’s time to take it off, pull some faces and smile for a bit. This will help loosen old skin cells and crack the mask to make it easier to get it all off.
Remove by rinsing with warm water. I wouldn’t leave it much longer than 10-15 minutes, as you won’t get any further benefits after that.
You can use any of these face mask recipes once a week as maintenance.
Green Clay Face Mask For Oily Skin
This Green Clay mask is packed full of minerals, smells fresh yet earthy and has a natural pale green colorant. I find this clay is particularly beneficial for problem or acne-prone skin, as it has wonderful cleansing abilities when teamed with the fuller’s earth. It will draw out any unwanted toxins or impurities and then shrink the pores to stop them getting back in.
Both the essential oils have been chosen to combat greasy skin for their wonderful ability to tone and balance out the oils.
This diy face mask is made in the same way as mature skin mask, adding the fuller’s earth with the clay.
Healing Strawberry Face Mask For Sensitive & Dry skin
Pink clay, also known as rose clay, is particularly good at boosting circulation and removing dead skin cells. You’ll be left with a clean and healthy looking glow to the skin.
The fruit powder is packed with vitamins and enzymes and has all the same goodness as their fresh alternative only without the short shelf life!
Rose essential oil is one of the most expensive oils on the market but it’s also one of the most effective in skin care. It moistens and plumps up the skin, reducing fine lines and improving elasticity. It’s also known to stimulate the nervous system, naturally relieving anxiety. And of course let’s not forget about its heavenly floral scent. Packed full of vitamin A, carrot seed oil will help rejuvenate, smooth and soften skin.
Summers in India are every beauty conscious person’s nightmare
Sun tans the skin, hot winds cause skin damage, and dust clogs the pores
It’s time to raid the kitchen and follow some grandma’s tips
Summers in India are getting hotter year-by-year, meaning every beauty conscious person’s nightmare. The
sun tans the skin severely, hot winds cause skin damage and the dust and grime clog the pores. Beauty products abound in the market, each claiming to be the best for you. But, hold on! Before you loosen your purse strings for those oh-so expensive products, it’s time to raid the kitchen and follow some grandma’s tips.
Wash your face frequently with cold water to remove the sweat and dust that tends to accumulate on the face. Using cold milk on a cotton ball is also an option.
It is important to protect our skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Keeping our skin safe in the sun is quite important. So, don’t forget to apply sunscreen, at least 30 SPF, before you step out in the sun.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, at least 30 SPF, before you step out in the sun.
The skin needs to be exfoliated, at least twice a week, particularly in this season to keep the glow intact. A paste of besan and milk or malai/cream with some oatmeal or turmeric and lemon will do wonders. Just rub this paste on your face and neck gently in a circular fashion and see the difference yourself. Better still, use a paste of multani mitti, or Fuller’s earth, rose water and sandalwood powder for acne prone skin; whereas take sandalwood powder, curd and add a pinch of turmeric powder for mature skin for the same purpose.
Cleansing your skin is equally important. There are many home remedies that are known to give good results like yogurt and honey, if applied on the face for 10 minutes will give you a nice and clean skin. Also, don’t forget to moisturise your skin regularly. Take a good moisturiser and apply it daily to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Use a gel-based moisturiser for oily skin and water-based moisturiser for normal skin.
Tanning is another big problem in summers that takes a lot of our effort and time to be treated. But, not anymore! To remove tan, reach out for tomato juice. Tomato and lemon juices are good for all skin type. Mix a little sandalwood powder with these juices if your skin is too dry; multani mitti if it is oily and prone to acne; and curd and sandalwood powder if it is mature. Leave the paste on for about ten minutes and then wash it off with cold water. You could also use a mixture of honey and lime to remove tan. Apply it on your face for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
Another remedy to treat tanning is quite easy. Make a paste of raw milk and gram flour. Add a few drops of lemon juice and apply on the face. Wait till it dries off somewhat, then wash it off. Lemon juice alone acts as a natural bleacher. But, it dries the skin. Therefore, make sure you apply a lot moisturiser after that.
Aloe vera is also a great remedy for summers. Freeze aloe vera juice into small cubes. You can use these frozen aloe vera juice cubes to rub your face when you come in from the sun, or before you apply make-up and even at night. It will leave your face fresh and glowing.
Banana is another very skin friendly fruit. Mash a banana to pulp and add some milk or egg white to it. Apply it evenly on your face and keep it for about 20 minutes. Then wash it off with cold water. Get ready to have a smooth skin.
Rose water is a good friend of our skin during summers. You can dab it on the face using a cotton ball in order clean and cool the face. Alternatively, you could spray rose water on your face for an instant fresh look.
Papaya is another wonderful option for your skin. Mash papaya to make a paste and add some lemon juice to it. Apply the paste on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes. You could also add egg white and honey to the papaya paste and apply it for 20 minutes. And, that’s it. Get ready for a soft and glowing skin.
Watermelon juice, coconut juice and cucumber juice are known for their cooling properties. Apply these juices regularly on your face to calm your skin from the outside heat.
Watermelon juice is known to have cooling properties.
Other Useful Tips:
One needs to eat right during summers. Eat light meals, green vegetables and fruits that are high on water content like watermelons and melons. It is always good to avoid oily, spicy food and salty, fried snacks.
Drinking plenty of water is a must. Six to eight glasses or 2 litres is the recommended amount. Avoid tea, coffee and aerated drinks, instead opt for fresh fruit juices, coconut water, or butter milk. If you find the taste of water little boring, then infuse it with fruits like apple and strawberries. Alternatively, you could even add lemon or cucumber slices, ginger and mint to your water and drink it throughout the day.
Summer maybe a difficult season, but these tips will definitely help you have a glowing complexion.