Winter Skin Care Tip: Rejuvenating DIY Chlorella Green Tea Face Mask
By Brandi Black, RHN
You may have Sun Chlorella and green tea at your smoothie station, but once you learn how these ingredients can improve the outer appearance of your skin, you’ll also want to add them to your beauty bar.
Chlorella: A Homemade Facemask Superfood
Freshwater algaes such as chlorella and spirulina are known as skin superfoods because they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, plant pigments, and antioxidants (such as chlorophyll and beta carotene), which promote skin cell repair and regeneration. Chlorella is particularly powerful for skin health because it’s the only food on the planet to contain the anti-aging nutrient, Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF).
Chlorella Growth Factor is packed with the nucleic acids, RNA and DNA, which not only help your skin to produce new cells, but also protect the skin’s collagen from being damaged by toxins and free radicals (two primary culprits in fine lines and wrinkles). Perhaps this is why some call chlorella the “fountain of youth”!
It’s important to note is that your body naturally produces RNA and DNA on its own, but as a natural part of the aging process, you begin to produce less— which is when visible signs of aging may start to appear. Luckily, you can add nucleic acids to your diet and skincare routine with chlorella supplements to promote healthy, youthful looking skin. When applied topically, chlorella may also help reduce skin inflammation, acne, and redness.
Green Tea and Coconut Oil Gently Exfoliate and Hydrate
Although green tea is best known in the US for making delicious lattes— and as a comforting companion to sushi— it’s also found in an abundance of skin care products such as toners, face washes, and moisturizers. This suggests it also has skin supportive benefits when applied as a homemade face mask.
In general, green tea is great for your skin because it has a high concentration of the antioxidant, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). But in addition to neutralizing those wrinkle promoting free radicals, studies suggest EGCG can provide moisture to the epidermis layer of the skin to maintain a firm moisture barrier (read: smoother, younger looking skin!).
This homemade face mask recipe uses green tea leaves (not tea powder) straight from the tea bag, which help to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and reveal a softer, brighter appearance.
Lastly, the coconut oil in this face mask provides a boost of hydration, which is especially helpful in the winter months when your skin can get dry and flaky. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and helps you naturally find your perfect skin. As an added skin bonus, the fatty acid in coconut oil called lauric acid is a natural antifungal and antibacterial, which may help improve skin conditions such as acne.
1. Be sure to set a timer and leave this face mask on for no longer than 15 minutes. Because chlorella is a dark green algae, it can leave a green tinge on your skin if left on for too long.
2. Some people find that coconut oil clogs their pores. If this is the case for you, you may substitute with a non-comedogenic oil such as argan oil or rosehip oil.
If you’re unsure of how coconut oil reacts with your skin, we recommend doing a patch test the night before using this homemade face mask recipe. Using chlorella in your green tea facial mask will bring you added benefits as you work to eliminate blemishes and bring extra health to your skin.
1.5 tsp Green Tea Leaves
2 tsp Coconut Oil, melted
Gently crush a green tea bag with your fingers until the tea leaves are broken down.
Add Sun Chlorella Powder or Sun Chlorella Granules and green tea leaves in a small ceramic bowl and mix until incorporated.
Add melted coconut oil until a thick paste forms.
If paste is too thick, add more coconut oil, 1/4 tsp at a time, until the paste forms a smooth (but not runny) consistency.
Using a brush or your fingers, spread evenly over your face, avoiding the eye area.
Relax and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
Using a hot towel, wipe off the mask and follow with your favorite toner and Sun Chlorella Cream or Astarella Primetime Skin Cream for a soft, radiant glow.