Dull, lifeless, tight and itchy after cleansing skin is frequently one of the signs of dehydration.
Skin hydration depends on different factors, including diet, weather condition, air quality, habits, hormonal imbalance etc. Skin will lose its moisture faster in a dry closed environment during your car or air travel, and due to exposure to environmental pollutants, such as ultraviolet radiation, cigarette smoke, and many other compounds present in the environment.
It is impossible totally to avoid exposure to pollutants, but you can help yourself choosing a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and having a good skin care routines.
Most natural whole foods, such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, contain antioxidants, which considered being beneficial to human health whereas processed or refined foods contain little to no antioxidants. Antioxidants found in nature will target skin tissue damage; it can help your skin repair from the inside and out ensuring your glow really is skin deep.
We all know about the benefits of green tea – according to study it contains polyphenols that provide protection from UV rays and have potent anti-inflammatory effects. (“Skin photoprotection by green tea: antioxidant and immunomodulatory effects”. Katiyar SK, 2003. Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham);
Facial masks, containing natural whole foods, are very beneficial and helpful for your skin health restoration.
If you feel like your skin needs a boost, you’ll find a lot of simple face masks recipes in our previous blogs. Today we will focus on face mask containing matcha.
Freshly made face masks are an easy and obvious way to hydrate your skin, feed your skin with healthy antioxidants, stimulate, nourish, moisturize… Apply matcha green tea mask and exercise with FacExer. Exercising will bring blood flow towards muscles and skin; it will boost effectiveness of both – mask and exercising.
You can prepare your own fresh facial mask in a few minutes.
Matcha Green Tea
Mask recipe calls for:
- 1 tsp. Matcha Green Tea
- 1 tsp Plain Yogurt
- optional : a few drops of lemon juice
- (lemon juice may be substituted with any citrus juice)
- make sure you are not allergic to ingredients!
Put Matcha Green Tea in a bowl, add a yogurt. Mix until a thick paste forms.
Apply to clean face and exercise with FACEXER for 5 minutes or longer if desired.
Recently, it has been suggested that matcha has greater potential health benefits than other green teas. Matcha is a special powdered green tea used in the Japanese tea ceremony. (Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.Weiss DJ, Anderton CR.);
Matcha contains more antioxidants per gram than spinach, broccoli, acai berries, blueberries, pomegranate, walnuts, pecans, dark chocolate and goji berries combined… “results indicate that the concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) (polyphenol) available from drinking matcha is 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG available from China Green Tips green tea, and at least three times higher than the largest literature value for other green teas”. (“Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography”.Weiss DJ, Anderton CR.Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs).
"A little juice in your hot tea may increase the amount of tea-derived antioxidants that your body is able to absorb", said Purdue associate professor of food science Mario Ferruzzi. His study found lemon juice had the most profound impact, followed by orange, lime and grapefruit juices. (Purdue Agricultural Communication photo/Tom Campbell)
A publication-quality photo is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2007/ferruzzi-tea.jpg
Remember: You will feel the difference if you bring more blood flow towards the skin with exercises using FacExer during face mask application.