Aging is caused by free radical damage which happens every day, through our normal activities such as eating, breathing and exercising. Free radicals are atoms which are formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Free radicals are reactive and can damage cell DNA, or cell membranes. Free radicals can damage cells so they can't function, or cause the cells to die.
Antioxidants are substances which protect cell tissues from the damaging effects of oxygen. Antioxidants are able to neutralize free radicals before they can do harm. So we are so often told by health and beauty professionals to consume a diet rich in antioxidants and put on skin care creams boosted with antioxidants.
Green tea contains a variety of powerful antioxidants. In recent years green tea and green tea extracts have been added to many anti-aging and beauty products. The active components in green tea are antioxidants called polyphenols (catechins).
Green tea contains one particularly potent catechin known as epigallocatechin (EGCG). EGCG is said to contain 25-100 times more antioxidants than Vitamins C and E. Green tea catechins make up 30% of the dry weight of green tea leaves.
Green Tea Anti-Aging Mask
- 2 teaspoons matcha green tea
- 1 teaspoon water.
Some suggested optional ingredients
- Witch Hazel - for oily skin
- Honey - for hydrating
- Rose water - for sensitive skin
- Egg yolk - for nourishing
- Egg white - for skin firming
Mix the matcha with water to make a paste. Add 1 teaspoon of any optional ingredients if you like. Spread the mixture onto the face for 10 minutes. Then wash off with warm water. Your skin will feel soft and refreshed!
If you have sensitive skin, please test the mask on the inside of your wrist first for any irritation or allergic reaction.
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