By Holly J. Coley, The Upstate Edit
Photos Courtesy of Holly J. Coley
Who doesn’t like a beauty treatment that multi-tasks? This matcha body scrub, for example, not only does double duty as an anti-aging face scrub but is filled with superfood ingredients that target cellulite, help maintain elastin (the protein fiber that keeps your skin tight) and lock in moisture. Plus, it’s quick to make—like, under five minutes!
Know Your Ingredients
Our skin naturally dulls and sags with time. One of the reasons plants are used in skin-care treatments is because they’re medicinal and have antioxidants. Like the word implies, antioxidants fight free radicals that occur during oxidation, which slows the aging process, and both green tea and matcha are rich with them.
What makes matcha special is how it’s prepared. Before being picked, deveined and stemmed, it’s grown in shade, which allows it to produce more caffeine, theanine (an amino acid) and chlorophyll. Once ground into powder, it not only makes a delicious drink but can be used topically to boost skin health. Though only a temporary solution, the plant’s caffeine can help diminish the appearance of cellulite by dehydrating fat cells, making them appear smoother. It’s also high in anti-inflammatory catechins called EGCG that prevent cell damage and the loss of elastic tissue. Chlorophyll detoxifies, speeds up the body’s healing process and fights carcinogens we absorb through food and our environment.
Along with matcha, this scrub contains coconut oil, rosemary essential oil and sugar, a gentle exfoliant. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that soften skin and lock in moisture. Rosemary acts as a natural preservative, and its carnosic acid is proven to heal tissue damage.
Select organic ingredients when possible but especially when it comes to coconut oil. When refined it’s exposed to bleach, or “deodorized.” Virgin coconut oil not only maintains its high level of antioxidants but its sweet smell. It remains solid in room temperature but will quickly melt if microwaved or placed on low heat for a few seconds.
½ cup of sugar
2 bags of green tea
2 tbsp. of matcha powder
1/3 cup of melted organic virgin coconut oil (use half for a dryer scrub)
5 drops of rosemary essential oil
2. While continuing to mix slowly, add melted coconut oil and rosemary essential oil.
3. If you prefer a dryer or less oily scrub, use only half of the recommended amount.
4. Store in an airtight container.
Make Them Work for You
To reap the full benefits of the scrub, gently massage into skin using circular motions and upward strokes for 30 to 60 seconds. This will help stimulate your lymphatic system, which rids the body of toxins and waste. Ideally, you would perform dry brushing beforehand. Afterward, rinse and follow with the remainder of your bathing ritual. You’ll leave your shower with smooth, glowing skin that is tighter and more even-toned.
You can perform this beauty ritual up to three times per week.
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