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
Need an easy pick-me-up for your commute to work? Try this easy morning smoothie full of your daily dose of Tea Blendz Matcha.