20, 06, 2012

Green Tea, Seaweed, and Wasabi, Oh My!

Summer is officially here (yay!). So what good way to start off the day with some easy at-home and not to mention delicious face masks? During this hot and humid weather we want to wear less makeup and let our natural beauty shine through instead. And since we are going to be wearing less on our face, we need to make sure our skin is well taken care of. Here I have three Asian inspired types of masks using green tea, seaweed, and yes, wasabi! Lady or gent, you need to try these out.

Hydrating Green Tea + Yogurt Mask
We already know green tea has many health benefits so it’s no surprise to hear what it can do for our skin as well. Green tea has a high concentration of antioxidants, benefits those with rosacea, and even helps to slow down signs of aging. Also when applied to your skin it offers sun damage protection by scavenging free radicals, which is great news for us in the summer. Yogurt is packed with enzymes, protein, and zinc which helps clean pores and leaves your skin super soft. Yogurt also includes antioxidant properties, and helps lighten dark spots and blemishes. It also helps to restore balance to your skin’s natural pH level.

You are going to need packaged green tea leafs (or powder) and just some plain ‘ol yogurt.

You want to mix 1 teaspoon and a half of green tea, and 2 teaspoons of yogurt. Mix well, then apply to your entire face.

Leave mask on for 10 minutes, rinse off, and then finish off with your daily skin routine. You will notice how hydrated your skin is afterwards.

Exfoliating Seaweed Mask
For some, seaweed might be an acquired taste, but we can’t fight the fact how great it is for our skin. Seaweed is high in potassium, calcium, amino acids, and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. Vitamin B’s have anti-inflammatory properties which are helpful for those with rosacea. Minerals are also in seaweed to repair damaged skin cells. Another great benefit from seaweed is that it opens and clears your pores which make it an excellent detoxifying mask.

All you need are some seaweed sheets.

Let the seaweed soak in warm water for a minute or two until it softens up.

This is optional but you can use otsuka nori for extra exfoliant.

Massage the mix into your skin and let it dry for 10 minutes (you will feel your skin tightening from the seaweed), rinse off, and then follow off with your daily face routine. You will be left with a smooth complexion and a refreshing cooling sensation.

Detoxifying Wasabi + Olive Oil Mask
It’s hard to believe that this spicy fellow is very beneficial to your skin. But since it is filled with calcium, vitamin C, potassium, and phytochemicals, wasabi strengthens the antioxidants in your body which helps your skin fight free radicals. Wasabi also helps to prevent acne from breaking out.  I know it seems a bit scary to apply to your skin but wasabi is a great way to detoxify your skin. Not to mention, when applied to your lips it is an amazing lip plumper!

All you need is extra virgin olive oil, and of course, wasabi.

Mix in 3-5 teaspoons of olive oil with 1 teaspoon of wasabi. Massage the wasabi and olive oil mix into your face (this great for your hands too) for 10 minutes, and then rinse off using your daily cleanser. You will be left with cleaner, smoother and brighter looking skin.

*Since we’re working with wasabi, please be careful when applying this mask around your eyes. Never apply wasabi on its own onto your skin because I kid you not, it will burn!

Time to eat.

10 responses to “Green Tea, Seaweed, and Wasabi, Oh My!”

  1. Msanhle says:

    Haha the 1st pic is hilarious 🙂 Thanks for the tips! I must try two 1st tips but for the wasabi one, I must think about that 🙂 Afraid my face is gonna burnt :p Does it feel hot on your face with wasabi?

    • Glad you liked it 🙂 If you apply wasabi straight to your face it will burrrrn! So make sure you add the extra virgin olive oil to dilute the wasabi. I have sensitive acne prone skin and I didn’t have any bad reaction to this mask. But warning, when you do apply the mask around your eye area you will feel the tingle. I recommend applying this with closed eyes and stay as far away as you can from getting it too close your eyes. Hope that helps!

  2. Simply Feli says:

    Haha I loved all of these! Going to try them one by one 🙂

  3. Redds says:

    I commonly break out in random spells of the cornflakies, regardless of what toner, lotion or moisturiser I use. It has been suggested that I might have eczema, but when my face wants to dry and flake, it flakes, and I find that buying and trying new products all the time isn’t very practical.

    I love eating nori sheets and buy them in bulk, but never have I thought of applying them on my face until I saw this (granted I was googling ‘other uses for seaweed’)! It works wonders and I don’t even need any additional ingredients! My face feels like a baby’s bottom and it doesn’t feel tight or pull like egg or honey masks later on. Plus those smell a little gross XD

    Definitely trying the green tea yoghurt mask sometime soon, it sounds delightful. A little apprehensive about the wasabi one, as I’m sure many are, but I’m sure I’ll end up trying it, too!

    • That’s really great that nori worked for your skin! It works amazingly throughout winter as well, I swear by it.

      haha yea if you try out the wasabi one just be careful around your eye area. Good luck!

      • Redds says:

        Just tried the green tea-yoghurt mask today. Can anyone say plump and fluffy? XD However the measurements you gave seem to be enough for 2 masks. I have refrigerated the second portion, but is it advisable to use the mixed compound after a while? I used the powdered green tea, if it’s any difference.

        • I guess I just have a big face haha
          I recommend you throw out the rest because like you said it will loose its effect and not work the same way as before. Just use a smaller measurement that best suits you too 🙂

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