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Matcha Face Mask

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 When you think of the powerful benefits of matcha, your thoughts probably go straight to drinking matcha green tea. But there are benefits when you use it on you skin too.
Top five benefits of matcha for skin care:
🍃Treats inflammation. Matcha powder has many anti-inflammatory properties, especially EGCG, that reduce the redness associated with chronic skin conditions such as rosacea and even acne. It is gentle enough for all skin types and brings soothing relief from these issues. Not only does the skin feel better, but matcha diminishes redness, which lessens any self-consciousness about having a chronic skin condition.

🍃Improves your complexion. Matcha powder has remarkable properties to keep your complexion fresh and healthy. Not only does it reduce inflammation, it offers a one-two punch for the skin to exfoliate and eliminate dead skin cells, then rejuvenate the underlying skin to improve your complexion.

🍃Diminishes the signs of aging.  Matcha stimulates elastin production to add volume to the skin. It also protects the skin against free radicals that cause sun damage, age spots, dry skin, and yes, wrinkles.

🍃Treats oily skin. The tannins in matcha actually shrink pores and reduce the production of oil associated with acne. If you have teenagers who struggle with breakouts and oily skin, matcha is especially beneficial as it removes oil from the skin and slows the production of the oil causing the acne. Treats all skin types. Matcha masks are made from food, not chemicals, which is about as natural as it can get. That is why it is gentle enough for younger skin yet strong enough for skin that needs a little boost to look better.
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hoeny cin

honey-cinnamon mask for blemishes, wrinkles.

When it comes to facial masks, I like them to be simple. I hate getting excited about a home-made mask just to discover a minute later a long list of weird ingredients that I never have at home. So, Honey-Cinnamon Mask! It is easy, it works, and it includes only two ingredients. 

Why Cinnamon?

1. It can cure blemishes, acne, pimples.

2. It soothes dry skin.

3. It alleviates fine lines.

4. It enhances complexion. 

5. It increases circulation.

6. It contains natural retinol and other minerals and vitamins.

7. Helps remove acne scars.

Why Honey?

1. It is naturally anti-bacterial – again, great for pimples/infections.

2.  Full of anti-oxidants, thus, it is a great anti-ager. 

3. It’s a good moisturizer – leaves your skin soft and plump.

4. It is a pore-purifier. 


 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of real raw honey

1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder


 

Mix these two and apply to face and neck for 10-15 minutes. Wash off gently. Pat dry. Apply a good natural moisturizer or oil. 

I have noticed changes in the skin texture just after 4 days of use! I don’t usually do it that often, though. I think 3-4 times a week is plenty but, again, I get lazy :). 

 

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Rich Shea (or Cacao) Body Butter

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I love making my own nourishing, organic body butter without any toxic additives and preservatives. The recipe calls only for 3 ingredients (plus essential oils, if desired). You can make this butter either with shea butter or cacao butter. I have made both but like using the later right now. This cacao body butter is perfect  for expecting mothers to avoid stretch marks. Use it twice a day.  And even if you’re not pregnant – this is a great, thick everyday moisturizer!


Makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups whipped butter.

Ingredients:

 


1. Melt shea butter (or cacao butter) and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler.

If you don’t have a double broiler, here’s an idea:

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Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. 

2. Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing  – sweet orange, lavender, rosemary, grapefruit, etc. ( I used sweet orange).

3. Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill.

4. Wait until oils start to partially solidify  then whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved. 

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5. Place in a clean, glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.

*Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.

Tips:

1. You can use any oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid.

2. The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.

3. Since this recipe does not contain any water, it will not mold. You should keep in a cool place but it does not have to be refrigerated. 

4. I do not know the exact shelf life but I know it will keep at least a few months, plus. 

5. The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.

ascorbic acid mask

Invigorating Vitamin C Mask

Does your facial skin look dull and tired? Does it have sun damage spots?

Here is a quick simple mask you can do at home that won’t break your pocket and will quickly infuse your skin with vitamin C.

It is known  that vitamin C stimulates collagen production in the skin (the substance that keeps your skin plump) and helps with cell renewal. Of course, the first thing to do is eat lots of foods rich in vitamin C, but I thought it won’t hurt to put it on the face too!

All you need is L-ascorbic acid powder and water (or oil if your skin is super sensitive). Make sure the ascorbic acid you buy has an “L” in front of it. This will make sure that it is a natural, not a synthetic, kind.

So the recipe is:

  • 1 tablespoon of L-ascorbic acid powder
  • 1 teaspoon of filtered water or glycerin

*Use oil instead of water if your skin is very sensitive or burns moderately during the application.

Apply this paste to a clean face. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Wash off and pat dry.

I like to use pomegranate or argan oil (or a mix of both) to moisturize after.

Enjoy!