5 Matcha Beauty DIYs—Homemade Green Beauty Recipes + 6 Matcha Infused Products to Shop Now

Fun fact for the kids: In the 1920s and 30s, radium was a popular additive in cosmetics and household products. Yep. That radium. Soap, night cream, face powder, blush, mud masks, and even toothpaste contained radium with the ‘scientifically-based’ promise that these products would give the consumer a youthful glow. I suppose these products actually did deliver on their promise, until of course, you had to have parts of your mouth and lower jaw surgically removed because of radiation poisoning, living out your final, extremely painful days blemish free. Thankfully, today we are experiencing a trend toward clean, green beauty products, and you seriously can’t get much greener than Matcha. The health benefits of Matcha are amazing both internally and externally, and we can all rest assured that no jaws have been removed as a result of its use. So have no fear! Mix these masks up!

5 simple Matcha beauty recipes

1. Matcha + Rose Water + Coconut Oil Mask

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Matcha
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • rose water

Directions

Combine melted coconut oil with Matcha in a small bowl. Add drops of rose water until you have a medium-thick paste that’s easy to spread onto your skin. Let it set for 20 minutes and then wipe off with a warm, wet towel.

2. Avocado + Matcha Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Matcha
  • ¼ of an avocado, mashed
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Apply a thin layer to either your face or body, and gently scrub in a circular motion with your fingertips, making sure to avoid your eyes. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse with a warm cloth.

3. Matcha + Banana + Turmeric Mask

Ingredients

  • ½ of a banana,mashed
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Matcha
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

Mash your banana in a small bowl, then add your turmeric, matcha, and olive oil. Mix well and then spread onto your face to set for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

4. Aloe + Matcha Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Matcha
  • 2 teaspoons Aloe Vera

Directions

Combine your Matcha with Aloe Vera in a small bowl. You can add more or less Aloe Vera depending on what consistency you prefer. Apply to your face, let it set for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

5. Exfoliating Matcha Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Matcha
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions

Combine sugar with Matcha, then add honey and melted coconut oil and stir until everything is mixed well. Store in a sealed mason jar and place in your shower for up to two weeks. After cleansing your skin, gently exfoliate with the scrub and then rinse. Use every other day.

6 Matcha Infused Beauty Products to Shop Now

1. Biodara Coconut Matcha Brightening Mask

2. Fig + Yarrow Matcha Milkbath

3. Urb Apothecary Lavender Matcha Mask

4. Plant Apothecary Matcha Antioxidant  Face Mask

5. Erborian Perfect Morning BB 3-IN-1 Matcha Mask

6. Cocokind Organic Matcha Face Moisturizer

Recipe Source: WendyGould

Green Beauty Trends to Look for in 2018

Fact: Queen Elizabeth I wore lead based makeup that brought all the boys to the yard, but tragically turned her skin a very permanent and sickly shade of gray, and lead to blood poisoning that eventually contributed to her death. Fact: Today, the beauty industry, ignoring the newly discovered power of milkshakes, still uses a bunch of poisonous additives that over time have some awful side effects. Fortunately, the past few years have given rise to the green beauty movement. More and more companies are ditching the harmful chemicals and opting for a natural ingredient approach to cosmetics. That’s good news for us die-hard, natural beauty DIYers. So what can we expect to see more of in 2018?

Celestial Skin Care

It should come as no surprise after the unreal fascination with the Solar eclipse of 2017, but the beauty industry is tapping the heavens for the next big thing. Companies like Girl Undiscovered and Terra Luna Beauty are leading the pack with their cosmically inspired lines. Girl Undiscovered has launched a crystal-infused, three-piece facial collection that includes the aptly named Stars Aligning Organic Face Elixir. Meanwhile, Terra Luna Beauty has bath time covered with its range of tub soaks like the Moon, UFO, and Saturn Detox Baths.

Ayurvedic Beauty

I’ll be honest, I never really got into the whole K-beauty thing. For some reason I always thought that there was an emphasis on skin lightening which kind of freaked me out. This year, we can look forward to the next international beauty craze coming from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brands like Reshma Beauty and Ranavat Botanics each offer a line of skin care products that draw on the Ayurvedic tradition. Believe me when I say that Reshma’s affordable turmeric bar soap is a game changer, while Ranavat Botanic’s range of masques and toniques, though pricier, are well worth their weight in saffron.

Clean Make Up Finally Gets Bold

So if you’ve been on this natural skin care journey for a while, you know that the color variety and the staying power of a lot of these natural make up brands hasn’t really stacked up next to the more commercial brands. Well, that is sooo 2017. This year, the natural beauty industry is getting a bold make over (pun definitely intended). Bold colors that last is the name of the game. Luk Beautifood has literally taken our favorite smoothie ingredients and turned them into a colorful line of lipsticks. They even have a Toxin Free Starter Kit Bundle that includes lipstick, lip stain, mascara, and an eye pencil. What’s missing? Oh yeah! Eye shadow! Josephine Cosmetics continues to do some pretty amazing things with eye shadow as part of their organic make up line. To all my natural beauty fashionistas out there, we can finally say goodbye to sticking to earth tones! Go bold or go home!

Meanwhile, On the DIY Beauty Front…

As always, I will continue to experiment with natural beauty recipes throughout this year. I can’t wait to recreate some of these facials, masks, and toners in my kitchen and bring them to you! In the meantime, you can check out some of my favorites by following these links to some homemade, natural beauty recipes for your face, body, and hair.

4 Miraculous Overnight Face Masks + A New Super Indulgent Beauty Secret

Lazy girl beauty tips are really the best beauty tips. I love homemade beauty recipes, but truth be told I love-love the homemade recipes that use just 2 ingredients. No muss, no fuss. Who doesn’t crave a simple, effortless beauty routine that literally works miracles while you sleep. Nature has provided us with all we need to make that a reality. These 2-ingredient masks will have you waking up to a brand new you! Beauty sleep, y’all!!!

Lemon + Almond Oil Astringent

If dark circles are your issue this lemon + almond oil astringent is gonna be your new best friend. Just mix a few drops of lemon juice with a little bit of almond oil. Apply this mixture underneath your eyes before you go to bed and wake up to a visible difference.

Tomato + Honey

Vitamins and minerals galore! Tomatoes are the star of the show in this face mask. If you’ve struggled with large pores or acne or if you just want to rescue a dull complexion, you should give this a go. Chop up a slice of tomato and mash it up with a little bit of honey to form a paste. Apply this to your face before bed and wash it off in the morning. You may want to lay a towel over your pillow to prevent your bed linens from getting stained.

 

Oats + Honey

To give dry skin the boot, try this mask. This one is one of my all time favorites! It’s perfect for all skin types and is a go to combo for sensitive skin. Mix equal parts oats and honey into a thick paste. Apply evenly to your face before bed, massaging in circular motions. Wash it off in the morning to reveal skin that is soft and dewy to the touch! Again, you may want to lay a towel over your bed linens.

Coconut Oil + Tea Tree Oil

These oils combined are the holy grail of antiseptic blemish control! If your skin can tolerate coconut oil as a moisturizer (steer clear if you’re prone to acne and clogged pores), try mixing in a few drops of tea tree oil into a spoonful of coconut oil forming a semi-clear serum. Apply this all over your face and neck before bed and rinse off in the morning.

Super Indulgent Beauty Secret

Now for the part where we all start living the dream: how about your new beauty secret is eating chocolate!!! Thanks to the geniuses over at Sakara Life (yep, the same Sakara Life that does organic meal delivery) we can now nom nom on delicious dark chocolate on our way to beautiful skin. Beautiful skin from the outside in!

As Sakara Life co-founders Danielle Dubois and Whitney Tingle explain, “You can moisturize the top layer of skin with creams and serums, but the phytoceramides in Beauty Chocolates replenish the cell barrier and stimulate collagen from within, helping to seal in moisture, plump and smooth wrinkles, and boost your glow!” All that goodness is packaged in a delightful little chocolate that you can enjoy as a midnight snack. Best part is these babies are clinically proven to give you results in two weeks. Snack on chocolate for two weeks. Seriously?! Yes, please! My advice: whip up one of these simple overnight masks, pop a chocolate, and slip into the most extraordinary beauty rest of your life.

Blueberry Beauty—Spa Days at Home

I watched Willy Wonka over the weekend. Not that newer Tim Burton mess. Nah. I watched the classic, y’all. The Willy Wonka with Gene Wilder and the incredibly macabre songs. Yep. That’s the one. I just love those strangely sinister children’s stories a la Edward Gorey.  Anyway, I’d just gotten to the part in Willy Wonka when Violet Beauregard turns into a blueberry and I got all déjà vu all over again. I love blueberries, and when I was a kid, my mother used to say that if I wasn’t careful I’d turn into one. Ha!

I guess I proved Mommy wrong because I’ve been eating, drinking, and most recently smearing blueberries all over my skin and I still haven’t suffered Violet’s fate. Seriously, blueberries are the incredible, edible, antioxidant rock star of DIY beauty. Internal and external, that tiny purple giant is a beauty powerhouse. There are so many ways to enjoy the benefits of blueberries that I couldn’t settle on just one, so I decided to share a few ways to reap their rewards with you.

For Snacking

Blueberries are an excellent source of fiber, they’re low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium. They’re also jam packed with vitamins. So if you find yourself a little peckish between meals, grab a cup of blueberries and nom nom away. One cup of blueberries is an energy boosting and filling snack at just 84 calories!

For Breakfast

One of my favorite breakfasts is this super simple blueberry banana smoothie. Just blend together 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup plain or vanilla whole fat yogurt, 1/4 cup orange juice, and 1/2 of a medium sized banana. Add a little ice to the blender to make it extra frothy.

For Beauty

Harnessing the antioxidant power of blueberries and coupling it with the antibacterial power of honey, this face mask is easy to whip up and the results amazing. In a blender, mix about 1 cup of blueberries, 2 tbsp raw honey, and 2 tbsp raw sugar. Apply this mixture to your clean skin and allow it to work magic for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Eat, drink, and bathe in blueberries, y’all! I promise you won’t turn violet.

Homemade Beauty Recipes Using Silken Tofu

I have been a vegetarian since I was a kid, nearly 25 years now, and I can honestly say that I have made probably hundreds, maybe even thousands of different tofu recipes. I’ve fried tofu and made the most delicious sandwiches, like this glorious vegetarian version of Bánh mì. I’ve put tofu in smoothies to make them creamier and to add that extra kick of nutrients. I’ve even made desserts like chocolate pudding using tofu as the main ingredient. Seriously, I’m no stranger to the versatility and nutritional value of tofu. But for all my years of tofu consumption, I have never thought to make a beauty recipe using this staple ingredient. Surprising, since as you know, I have a penchant for smearing food on my face. I’m really kicking myself for waiting so long to try this.

Let’s just go through some of the basics, shall we? Tofu boasts a seriously impressive report card when it comes to nutritional value. It’s an excellent source of protein and all 8 amino acids. It contains iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and Vitamin B. Um, can you already feel that goodness melting into your skin? I’ve made a few quick tofu masks to get you started. The possibilities are endless but here is the basic formula I use:  silken tofu+ exfoliant + liquid + add in. Depending on your particular skin concerns, you can skip the exfoliant, you can double up on the liquid, or you can leave out the add in. Seriously, the combinations are totally up to you!

Silken Tofu Beauty Recipes

Basic Ingredients

There are no steadfast rules when it comes to the amount of each ingredient you use. I usually just eyeball it, but my closest guess is that I’m using about 3-6 tablespoons of silken tofu, with about 1-2 teaspoons each of my exfoliant and my liquid. I top it off with no more than a couple of drops of essential oil, or a pinch of fresh herbs and spices. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Silken Tofu

This is the softest tofu of the bunch. Just make sure that there are no added preservatives and you’re good to go.

Exfoliant

I’m in love with ground oats. My skin is a bit on the sensitive side and ground oats manage to exfoliate without stripping and irritating my skin. Other exfoliant options include coffee grounds, baking soda, sugar, salt, and ground rice

Liquid

To add a little moisturizer into the mix, the liquid you use can be anything from honey to olive oil, to coconut milk. Whatever floats your boat and targets your specific skin care needs. I like to use a little bit of yogurt and a little bit of honey as my liquid, a good combination for acne prone and sensitive skin.

Add-In

This is the fun part! You can go crazy here with essential oils, fresh herbs and spices, and even chocolate.

Directions

  • in a blender, add all of your ingredients and blend until smooth
  • apply to your skin and leave it on for about 15 minutes
  • wash it off with lukewarm water

Possible combinations

Tofu + Ground Oats + Yogurt + Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Tofu + Coffee Grounds + Milk + Chocolate Powder

Tofu + Ground Oats + Honey + Cinnamon

Tofu + Honey + Olive Oil

I am so excited about this recipe! I never have to waste another half eaten container of silken tofu again! I absolutely love the way this mask feels. I promise you will too!