When you think of the powerful benefits of matcha, your thoughts probably go straight to drinking matcha green tea. After all, it’s a great pick-me-up for that afternoon slump as well as an excellent metabolism booster. And, of course, we would be remiss to overlook its health qualities such as its power as an antioxidant for your body. Now, we know that matcha is not only good for you internally, it is also good for your skin.
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. Let’s face it. This is one of the biggest reasons you take care of your skin. 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.
HOW TO USE A CLEANSING BALM
Step 1: Start with a small scoop of the Cleansing Balm in clean, DRY hands. Dry is the key that many forget! Warm the product between your fingers and apply to a DRY face. Yep, even if you are wearing makeup – a good balm should melt your stubborn mascara. Gently massage the balm in circular motions all over your face.
Step 2: Wet a clean muslin cloth with hot water, and wring the cloth damp. Place the cloth over your face and wait a moment for the steam to open your pores. It feels like a mini-facial right at home. So take a deep breath, and let the scent of clove and rosemary relax you.
Step 3: Take the muslin cloth and wipe away the day. If you are wearing heavy makeup, you may need to wet the muslin cloth and sponge face again to cleanse completely.
Step 4: A quick splash of cool water will leave your skin feeling refreshed and prep your face for any serums or treatments to follow. And of course, always finish any skincare routine with your favorite moisturizer.