Sunday, October 26, 2008

DIY Greentea Tightening Mask (绿茶紧肤面膜)

Green tea is tea undergoing minimal oxidation during process. It is originated from China and becomes very popular in Asia, Japan, Korea and Middle East. Regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease, cancer, balance cholesterol lever and maintain weight.

There are my type of green tea you may choose that suits your taste buds. There are Longjing (龙井) , Bi Luo Chun (碧螺春), Xiang Pian – jasmine tea (香片), Genmaicha – brown-rice tea (玄米茶) etc.

Ingredients –
2g Green tea powder
1 Egg white
3 tbsp Oatmeal

Directions –
1) Blend Oatmeal into smaller, preferably powdery form. Pour it into a bowl.
2) Beat the egg white lightly.
3) Add egg white and green tea powder into the oak meal.
4) Stir and mix well.

Applications –
1) Cleanse your face thoroughly.
2) Spread the mask evenly on your face.
3) Leave it for 15 – 20 minutes.
4) Wipe it off with a clean wet cloth or wet tissue.
5) Rinse your face with water and tap dry.

Skin Type –
Suitable for most skin type. Good for face with open pores, rough complexion and Oily face.

Frequency of use –
2 to 3 times per week.

Properties –
Green tea is also a very good ingredient for DIY mask for its detoxification and control oil’s benefit. Green tea powder is able to absorb excess facial oil, avoid excessive facial oil cloaking pores. Thus, it benefit in controlling facial oil and tightening pores.

Oatmeal has very good property in removing dead cells.

Egg white has strong tightening and cleansing effect.

With the combination of all these three characteristic, it enhance in tightening skin, prevent sprouting of pimple and acne. Many adolescents are suffering from pimple and acne. I use this mask for my eldest son (Supercute) who is showing sign of sprouting pimples and blackhead. I also use it on ET for removing unwanted dead face cells.
Tips –
1) If you are running out of time or in a hurry, you may use instant oatmeal and forget about blending the oak meal into smaller piece. Instant oak meal is already pre-cooked, so you can skip the blending. You need to mix well and let it soften for a while before you apply.
2) Cover your mixture with stretch film and place it in fridge for 20 minutes and you will have a very cooling cold mask. I prefer cold mask as it always makes me feel sleepy haha…
3) It’s good to use the mask immediately after you mixing. Use the excess on your neck, hands or legs. Use it when it’s fresh.
4) If you really need to keep it for later date, keep it in air tight and sterile glass container and place it in fridge.
5) You can easily get green tea powder from supermarket who sells Japanese and Chinese tea. If you have difficulty getting one, blend it yourself. Blend green tea to very fine powdery form and keep in air-tight and sterile container.

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