Written by; Val J
With spring just around the corner, warmer days mean a change in your everyday beauty regimen. To begin, your lotions, cleansers and sunscreens should be suitable for each season. Ideally, applying SPF should be the same amount throughout the year but spring can be a high risk time for sunburns and sun damage.
Cooler weather causes dead skin cells to build up on your skins surface along with everyday environmental damage. With spring bringing a mix of warmer winds and sunnier days, taking care of your skin begins with exfoliation and hydration which are the keys to radiant skin. Fortunately, beautiful skin can be maintained very inexpensively by using homemade ingredients to create affordable masks and scrubs.
Start by making and applying a Tea Blendz Matcha Green Tea exfoliating mask. This two-ingredient mask is easy to make and is packed full of antioxidants. Alternate ingredients may also be used to create variations of the mask.
Using honey as the base, combine with Tea Blendz Matcha Green Tea powder to help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin in skin cells. This revitalizing mask will exfoliate, smooth and “wake up” your skin and create a perfect foundation for your moisturizer.
The result will be a smooth, nourishing and moisturizing face mask which can be used once a week.
Mix the honey base and Matcha to form a paste. Spread the mixture on your face and neck using a circular motion. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and remove with a warm water and a washcloth.
Enjoy your refreshed and awakened skin…apply your favorite night cream or day SPF cream.
Do not forget your eye cream to combat fine lines and wrinkles, use an eye cream with a high concentration of antioxidants and peptides. Wearing your big sunglasses is necessary in any light and they are not just for movie stars…
When someone says "green tea" most of us immediately think of the word "healthy." It is a well known fact that green tea has been used as medicine for thousands of years in Asia, but besides fat burning and weight loss - what does green tea really do?
The following is a list of 5 amazing benefits of green tea we bet you didn't know:
The antioxidants found in green tea can actually penetrate eye tissues and produce antioxidant activity. Catechins, an antioxidant in green tea, are capable of being absorbed into the tissues of the eye. Several studies have even found that green tea can prevent cataract-induced blindness.
Do you suffer from springtime allergies? Drinking the green liquid may provide some relief, as it's been proven to be anti-allergenic.A 2007 study published in the journal Cytotechnology found that green tea catechins can reduce pollen allergies. A specific compound, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), appears to be the most potent. In addition, Quercetin, a naturally occurring flavonol in tea, can also alleviate allergy attacks.
Packing for a tropical vacation? Make sure to add a few bags of green tea to your suitcase. The catechins in green tea make the skin more resistant to the effects of UV rays and therefore premature aging. These catechins can also lead to reduced skin redness after sun exposure.
We know what you are thinking - tea stains teeth. This is true, however according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Periodontology, drinking green tea showed an adverse effect on periodontal disease.
Regularly consuming green tea reduced symptoms of periodontal disease, once again due to the presence of catechin. Catechin reduces inflammation in the body, therefore interfering with the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria. Its ability to control bacteria and dental plaque makes it useful for preventing cavities and other indicators of poor oral health.
We live in a world where greasy food is almost too accessible. Replacing unhealthy snacks and drinks with green tea could actually help keep down cholesterol levels. Green tea’s powerful antioxidant, EGCG, has been proven to stop the absorption of cholesterol from the large intestine.
With all these amazing benefits, why wouldn't you add drinking green tea to your daily regime?
Probably the best little dessert around- perfect as a dessert by itself, sweet tooth fix, or a dessert complement. Best of all, it’s simple, easy to make- no bake- Matcha dessert truffle. The whole process took me a total of 15 minutes to prep, overnight refrigeration and 15 minutes to roll into balls the next morning. All you need is:
And 1 Tsp each Matcha & icing sugar (dusting for final roll)
As for instructions they are pretty simple
Here at Tea Blendz we want to make sure you are getting the best out of your tea! Whether you are decorating or brewing for consumption we wanted to share some of our tips to help you see the full effect of the beautiful Tea Blendz Blooming Teas.
Ideal Brewing Temperature: 100ºC/212ºF
It is important to use water that is hot. Boiling water is required for each tea ball to open up to its full potential. If the water used is not freshly boiled the flowering tea will not develop or open up properly. Please note - all Tea Blendz Blooming Teas are handmade and the weight per bloom can vary as much as 2 grams and the visual appearance from tea ball to tea ball will be slightly different.
Hot tea brewing method - For Consumption:
Place 1 Tea Blendz Artisan Blooming Tea ball into a 3-4 cup Glass teapot or 8 cups tea press. Pour boiling water into the teapot nearly to the rim. Allow the tea to brew for at least 5 minutes. Initially the tea ball will float but during the steeping process it will sink if you have used boiling water. Once the tea ball has unravelled to its full potential the tea can be consumed.
For a Table Decoration:
When using the bloom for this purpose, it is important to let the tea ball brew for 15 minutes or so. During this process much of the tea color that is in the tea will 'steep out'. Place 1 Tea Blendz tea bloom into a large cup or mug. Pour in the water and make sure that the freshly boiled water is nearly to the top of the rim. Allow the tea to brew for at least 15 minutes (you will see the tea bloom and the flowers appear). After the 15-20 minutes take a spoon and very gently lift the bloom out of the cup/mug (wait 10-20 seconds so the tea water can drain off) and transfer the limp looking bloom to a wine glass 7/8th's full of cold water. Voila - a flowering tea ball centerpiece. [It is important to use cold water in the wine glass as the tea will not continue to brew and discolor the visual appearance. The tea ball will last for the whole day - perhaps 2 days depending upon the conditions.
Iced tea brewing method:
Not generally consumed iced but if you do: Place 3 Tea Blendz tea blooms into a heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Place the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea by using more tea, since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. (Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about.)
More antioxidants are extracted from tea (L. Camellia Sinesis), or rooibos (Asphalatus Linearis), the longer it is brewed….and the more tea, the greater the antioxidant benefit.