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Green tea. . . it’s not just for sipping

18 Aug

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I hope that you are sipping on a nice cup of green tea as you read this. After all, it is the theme of today’s post. You may know some of the benefits attributed to green tea–lowers cholesterol, protects against sun damage, heals inflammation. . . the list goes on and on. It is the high concentration of powerful antioxidants (called polyphenols) found in green tea leaves that are responsible for its use as a medicinal aid. These polyphenols help fight against free radicals–which according to the University of Maryland’s Medical Center are damaging compounds in the body that change cells, damage DNA, and even cause cell death.”

Green tea when used topically has anti-inflammatory properties that can be both soothing and healing for rosacea, acne, and sun damage. I know I write a lot about remedies and ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties, but in fact inflammation is the cause of many skin ailments whether it be an infection like pimples or signs of aging caused by sun exposure.

That’s where this fabulous recipe comes in. It’s made with matcha (powdered green tea leaves) and coconut oil. When applied, this bright green face mask feels incredible! Its texture is silky smooth and leaves the skin feeling cleansed and moisturized. If you are worried about the idea of putting coconut oil on your face (or any oil on your face for that matter) do not fear! Coconut oil is actually incredibly antiseptic (lauric acid, the main saturated fat, is attributed to this benefit). If you prefer, honey (also antiseptic) can be substituted for the oil.


Matcha Green Tea Face Mask

1 tsp matcha green tea powder (organic is best)

1/2 tsp cold pressed virgin coconut oil (or honey)

1/2-1 tsp water

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until desired consistency (not too watery, not too thick). Apply to a freshly cleansed face (it is easiest to use a clean makeup brush…feels amazing too!). Sit back, sip some green tea, and relax! You can leave it on until it dries, or for up to an hour. Wash off with warm water and follow up with your favourite face oil or moisturizer. Be prepared to see your skin glow after this one!

What’s your favourite use for green tea? Please share!

Until next time,


Skin, Hair & Body Profile – Lina

31 Jan

At last! Seanna and I are compiling our individual skin and body profiles.

When it comes to our physical appearance, we are very different; Seanna is fair, with sensitive skin and naturally straight hair, while I’m olive-toned with wavy hair and oily skin. Needless to say, our makeup selections vary in colour palettes and we often modify each other’s beauty recipes. Sometimes, we even take completely different approaches to skincare altogether.

Here’s my profile at a glance:

Lina Skin Profile

Lina’s Skin Profile

  • Face – Oily- combination skin with occasional bouts of acne. My skin is usually well hydrated yet deceptively looks dull, especially in the winter months. When I’m not watching what I eat, I also tend to break-out around my mouth and the sides of my nose. I find customizing a gluten-free, raw diet coupled with lots of juicing particularly helps in these situations. When I have not seen the sun in a while, my skin tone often becomes uneven. Stress also causes ill-effects on my complexion, contributing to loss of pigmentation and dark circles under my eyes. Even though I don’t have sensitive skin, I only use hypoallergenic, natural products like witch hazel and coconut oil. Officially, my olive features lie on the cusp between dark and light-skinned pigmentation, also known as a Type IV on Fitzpatrick scale.
  • Hair – Dry and wavy with an oily scalp. My hair is naturally wavy, yet dry, and is prone to being dull. At the moment, my biggest challenge is finding a natural shampoo that thoroughly cleanses my greasy locks without compromising shine. I use apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a clarifying treatment in the shower and argon oil as a hair mask once a week. This regimen I believe, is balancing the pH level of my hair. I don’t usually get dandruff but I sometimes I shed a little too much for comfort!
  • Body and General Health – Tall, pear-shape and in relatively good health.  I consider the skin on my body to be oily with exception to some dry areas on my legs that appear in the winter. At times I also get acne on my back which is usually triggered by stress and/or bad diet. I have been categorized as “pear-shape” with narrower shoulders, measuring in at 175 cm (5’9”) since my last check- up 😉 My curvy image used to bother me throughout my younger years until I learned to just embrace my body. Now, my sole goal is to be healthy – I would even say that I feel better now than I did in high school. I still lack the motivation for regular work outs and often find myself requiring lots of sleep in order to avoid fatigue by 6pm… but maybe that’s everyone.

Generally speaking, if you tan easily and rarely burn like me, we probably share make-up and skincare needs.

Stay tuned for Seanna’s profile next!

– Lina

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