Attention to all tea addicts! Did you know that the benefits of matcha on skin are plenty? Yes! This matcha sugar scrub recipe does wonders for your skin!
I also love a matcha shot in the morning which helps me being focused and relaxed at the same time.
How to find high quality Matcha
- Make sure the origin of the matcha is from the Japan and from either Nishio city in Aichi prefecture or Uji city in Kyoto prefecture.
- Look for the USDA certified organic logo on the label. It’s very important to buy high quality organic matcha otherwise you will end up with pesticides, fungicides in your tea…
- a 30 gram tin of ceremonial-grade matchcost between $26 and 32; anything cheaper is usually in the lower-quality range.
- Look for a very vibrant green color. Any green that looks yellow means it is a lower quality matcha. The vibrant green color comes from the chlorophyll of the leaves.
- A good quality matcha taste sweet, silky and grassy and should not taste bitter.
You can read more on this topic on this very interesting article of the daily tea.
Benefits of matcha on skin
Matcha contains antioxidant (polyphenols and catechins) which battles against the harmful effects of UV radiation and free radicals. Antioxidants also help slowing down the aging process and relieve inflammation.
Matcha has a very high amount of chlorophyll which is an amazing toxin cleanser. The greener and more vibrant the matcha is, the more chlorophyll content matcha has. Did you know that in the last few weeks before harvest, the matcha shrubs are kept in the shade so the leaves increase their chlorophyll protection?
Matcha is a great detoxifier and will make your skin glow. It also helps to repair the effect of aging.
I also had some green tea extract on hand which add some extra antioxidants to this matcha sugar scrub recipe. This is really optional as matcha already contains a very high amount of antioxidants!
When using extract, take care of following the instruction of the manufacturer and to never increase the recommended amount.
Since I’m in love with earl grey, I’ve added a little bit of bergamot essential oil. Bergamot essential oil is phototoxic so (unless you get the kind that is bergapten free) make sure you wash your skin well and avoid sun exposure right after exfoliating just to be on the safe side. Essential oils are always optional but they take your scrub to the next level!
Now let’s make this homemade matcha sugar scrub recipe!
- Whip the coconut oil for a minute or two until it is creamy. It needs to be solidifies so you can whip it. If it is melted (usually around 25C), put it in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Add the oil and continue whipping.
- Add the sugar, matcha and mix well.
- Finally add the essential oils.
- Pour in pretty jars.
- This will last a few months since there is no water. It is best to keep it in the fridge so the sugar does not dissolve with the oils.
- Always take care of using a clean spoon to scoop the scrub so you don’t contaminate it.
- Sit in your bathtub and scrub your body once a week while under the shower.
- Rinse well. Take care of not slipping as the oil can make your tub slippery.
- To wash your tub, use hot water and a natural cleaning agent.