Are you looking for the latest, greatest, best skin care mask or scrub with all-natural ingredients?
Honey + Matcha makes a powerful foundation to build your own unique facial scrub or mask recipe from. Both have powerful individual health properties and together can help create nourishing skin care mixtures. Read on to learn how honey and matcha can benefit your skin!
First of all, what is raw honey? Raw, unpasteurized honey hasn’t been treated with heat and contains more active phytonutrient antioxidants and enzymes for more benefits.
Raw honey is bee-derived, and aside from its main components of fructose and glucose, contains health-promoting proteins and amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and other minor components .
All these great natural ingredients function to soothe and soften the skin, to reduce moisture-loss, to keep the skin youthful and slow wrinkle formation, to regulate pH and prevent pathogen infections . Raw honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin.
Honey is a natural emollient and humectant. It can draw moisture from the air into your skin and deposit it in the layers of the skin where its needed for long-lasting hydration and soothing. Honey helps to create a beautiful facial glow.
Honey has polyphenol and flavonoid antioxidants that support the slowing of aging by tying up harmful free radicals.
Raw, unpasteurized honey has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that can help prevent the buildup of bacteria on the skin, that could lead to skin breakouts if not cleared.
Via its anti-inflammatory properties, honey can reduce skin redness and irritation.
Matcha is a highly concentrated version of green tea. Highly shaded green tea leaves, de-stemmed and de-veined, containing enhanced levels of chlorophyll, are pulverized to create a very potent powder. Matcha powder is often consumed raw in a hot water suspension as a very healthy beverage. However using it in a beverage is only one way to gain the benefits of Matcha powder.
Matcha can also be a useful addition to your skin care routine. By deploying powerful antioxidants called catechins that tie up free radicals, skin damage and aging could be slowed. Studies have shown that Matcha contains 3 times the antioxidant power of regular green tea and is also said to have inflammation-reducing, detoxifying and antibacterial properties. Research findings have also supported its ability to help reduce UV damage .
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