It can be challenging to find good skin care. There are so many different brands and products available in any given cosmetics store, it’s overwhelming what to choose – moreover, choose the wrong item and you could be stuck with adverse or allergic reactions thanks to the chemicals that are so often found in cosmetics sold today.
Happily, sometimes the best “products” for your skin are those you can make at home, all by yourself, from natural ingredients you probably already have sitting on your kitchen shelves.
We already know great tea is great for your body both inside and out. But you can benefit from green tea by doing more than just drinking it. To reap even more of green tea’s many benefits, try making your own green tea face mask in just five simple steps.
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 2-3 Green tea bags or a handful of chopped green tea leaves
- Raw, organic honey: 1 tablespoon
- Yogurt: ½ cup
- Granulated sea salt or sugar: 1 tablespoon
- Optional: mashed banana or mango
Green tea is packed with free-radical fighting antioxidants, which is what makes it so healthy. It’s also very gentle and soothing, making it ideal for curing redness or irritation of the skin. Yogurt is similar in that it provides relief for damaged skin — in fact, this face mask is perfect for mid-summer sunburns or post-beach vacation recovery. Your face will never feel so calmed and relieved!
Add honey to your green tea mask, as honey also works to help revive tired skin. Like green tea, honey is excellent for sensitive skin as it works to relieve irritation. But, it goes one step beyond healing and recovery — honey actually works to prevent future skin sensitivity. Because locally sourced honey contains local pollen, regular exposure to local honey in the form of a treatment like a face mask will help ready you for allergy season — and help you avoid all the sneezing, itching and coughing that usually comes with it by building up a tolerance.
The mask’s granulated sea salt or sugar, whichever you choose, will help as a gentle and natural exfoliant. Just a tablespoon or so in your face mask will clear away dead skin as well as help deter any oily skin issues. If you have dry skin, use a little bit less, but if you have oily skin, use a bit more.
Finally, the optional addition of mashed fruits like banana or mango will help in several ways. Banana is incredibly moisturizing, so especially those with dry, sensitive skin should consider adding mashed banana to their face mask. If you suffer from symptoms like acne, try mashed mango for cleansing.
Making the face mask is quite simple — all you have to do is wait for the green tea to brew in some hot water (Step 1), and then, once it’s cooled down sufficiently (don’t burn yourself!) (Step 2), mix into a bowl with the honey, yogurt and sea salt/sugar (and optional fruit if desired) (Step 3). Feel free to adjust ingredients and amounts to achieve the desired consistency. Leave on your face for 20 minutes (Step 4), and then rinse (Step 5). Boom – beauty achieved in just five steps!
If you’re too busy making it at home, then try these green tea products: