What better way to spend a lazy long weekend than smearing your face with bright green goo, especially when you can invite a good friend along for the home-spa ride?
This is far and away the best matcha face mask recipe I've ever tried: every time I slather it on my face (or the face of an unsuspecting friend), I come away feeling as if my skin is glowing and smooth, and my pores are tighter. For someone like me with sensitive skin and a tendency toward redness, a matcha green tea powder face mask is especially gentle, and helps to relieve nasty conditions like rosacea.
The Spring grass aroma of matcha surely has some aromatherapeutic properties, but matcha is also full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that help to nurture delicate skin. You can use just about any face-friendly oil for this mask, but we prefer organic almond, avocado, coconut or wheat germ oil for our matcha face masks.
This recipe calls for a mixture of almond and wheat germ oils, and we love the results.
The Maru Matcha face mask (the very best, of course)
(Adapted from a recipe by Maru Matcha's dear friend, curator and writer Kate Brown)
1/2 tsp. of water
1/2 tsp. of almond
1/2 tsp. of wheat germ oil
1 1/2 tsp. of Maru Matcha green tea powder (I've used Maru Matcha No.4 Organic Uji matcha here)
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients together (I like using a chopstick). The resulting mixture shouldn't be too runny, but not so thick that it clumps. Using your finger tips or a soft brush, apply the mixture all over your face, being careful to avoid your eyes. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes, or the amount of time it takes for the mask to dry. Rinse away with warm water.
If, when you rinse away the mask, you notice that your face looks a little bit, er greener than normal, don't panic: simply remove any excess "greenness" using a cotton swab and some face oil, or gentle cleanser.