DIY: Match that lemony yogurt lightening facial mask with Matcha!

Match and Matcha… get it? No? Nevermind. Let’s skip the cheesy title and hop straight onto one of my recent homemade beauty mask recipes.Β This recipe is an improved version of the good ol’ lemon + yogurt mask. It’s good for lightening, evening and brightening the skin tone and getting rid of post-acne marks. And even if you’re happy with your sexy tan, you beach babe, you–this mask is still a nice occasional treat to keep your skin glowing and smooth.

First, Lemons + Yogurt Really Works
If you aren’t into overly complicated recipes like me, a yogurt and lemon facial mask is definitely one of your simplest and best bets for natural lightening and brightening facial mask. The combination is a gentle exfoliant and mild bleach. The problem, however, is that they also make the skin very sensitive to the sun. And I don’t think we want that, don’t we?

Matcha to the rescue!
Matcha green tea is high in polyphenols which can help protect the skin from UV damage. I’m not saying adding spoonfuls of matcha powder to your mask will give you the excuse to skip the sunscreen–never! But it will definitely help balance the lemon + yogurt mixture. And since matcha is high in anti-oxidants, not only does it carry anti-aging goodness into your lemon-yogurt facial mask, it also boosts its brightening power.

Preparation and Ingredients
For this recipe, you’ll only need a spoonful of yogurt, 1 or 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice (whatever your skin can tolerate) and a teaspoon of matcha green tea. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl and that’s it! Apply it on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes or just before the mask starts to fully dry. Wash with warm water and proceed with your normal skincare routine.

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How long does it take to see results?
If you do this mask at least 2-3x a week, you should be able to see some level of skin lightening and brightening by the end of the first month which is based on your skin’s 28-day renewal cycle. It’s advisable not to do this mask when you know you’ll be out in the sun a lot. In fact, I personally think it’s better to do it at night. And never forget to apply your sunscreen!

Have you tried doing the lemon + yogurt mask before? Or using matcha green tea in your beauty recipes and products?

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  • Emy Shin

    That sounds like the perfect gentle mask for lightening. I’ll definitely be trying it out. Thank you. :)

    • Vivi

      If you ever get to try it, don’t forget to let me know how it works, ok? :)

  • Swati

    we dont get matcha green tea here and I prefer to get the leaves instead of the powder!!! yes, masks should be aplied at night, any. I think that gives better performance as skin gets time to relax on its own as well :)
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    • Vivi

      Oh, Matcha Green Tea is prepared differently. :) That’s why it comes in powder. It has higher levels of polyphenols other anti-oxidants than the normal green tea. And yes, I love doing masks at night, too, because it makes me feel more relaxed.

  • Amorie

    This looks amazing! Is there a way though to substitute the matcha green tea with something else? Because I’m not sure where to get matcha :)

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    • Vivi

      Hi Amorie, nice blog. You’ve got lots of delicious-looking vegetarian recipes! I think I’ll want to try the carrot burgers. :)

      Regarding your question, you can replace Matcha with the contents of the green tea bag but leave it in the fridge for 1-2 nights so the tea will infuse better into the yogurt. But the normal green tea, of course, is not as good as Matcha. You can get Matcha online — have you tried iherb?

  • xin

    one for me pls! i haven’t had yoghurt on my face for a while – because the last time i did it, it dripped all over…and it was messy and annoying. does the matcha powder thicken the paste , macha? πŸ˜‰
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    • Vivi

      Have you tried Greek yogurt? It’s what I used in my recipe. It’s thicker in consistency so lesser risk of it dripping. The matcha will thicken it but not “too much”.

      Alternative is to put the yogurt-based mask in the fridge for about 30 mins so the cold temperature can thicken it a bit before you apply it on your face. :)

  • Chui Shia

    I have gotta try this! :p But have not actually come across Matcha powder. Hopefully can get in the local Jap grocery stores in KL. I have tried using normal plain yoghurt, but like Xin said, it dripped all over so the pampering session was not so pleasant. Defnitely must try using greek yogurt next time.
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    • Vivi

      You can even buy it from iherb. It’s cheaper there, I think. :)

      Yeah, Greek yogurt is better and seems to be more potent for the skin. But chill it first before applying on the face so it’ll hold it’s consistency even better.

      By the way, I read your traumatizing experience… I’m glad you’re alright! If I were in the situation, I think I’ll keep crying, too, and would be so confused right after. Good thing they only took your valuables and didn’t do anything else. Worse than thieves are people who even hurt or kill their victims just for the heck of doing a homerun crime.

  • Fifi

    Gotta love matcha! Im gonna try this soon! πŸ˜€

    Btw, If you dont mind, I put a review (well sort of website sharing) of your blog in my blog!
    If you have any concern, please let me know..

    Thanks for being an inspiration! :)
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    • Vivi

      Fifi, thank you! Just like what I said on your blog, your review made my week! <3

      By the way, do you use a tablet/digipen when you created the illustrations on your blog?

      • http://drinkplainwater, Fifi

        Thank you, too, Vivi! Glad you liked my review! πŸ˜€

        Oh, most of the illustrations were just hand sketches on a piece of paper that I scanned. Sometimes, with the help of the photoshop of course.
        I tried drawing straight to photoshop from a tablet, but I find it awkward still, so I don’t really use that anymore. Well, I guess I need practice. But I still have that eager and curiosity to learn though ! Heheh

  • gladys

    may I know where can I buy the “Geek yogurt” and “Matcha green powder”?
    thank you!

    • Vivi

      Hi Gladys, the match one I used in this recipe is something I bought online from an Etsy store. But locally, you can find Matcha at Japanese grocery stores–there is one at the grocery at Cathay orchard. I’m not sure whether they sell it in NTUC/Cold Storage Jap food section because I haven’t checked. Greek yogurt is easily available in NTUC or Cold Storage.

  • Lynn

    Just wondering..Can I grind any regular green tea so that it will taste like matcha?I’m pretty dumb when it comes to tea..@_@ Not a fan of tea nor coffee..
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    • Vivi

      Hi Lynn, sorry for the super late reply. I missed out on your comment!

      Regarding your question — match is actually different from the normal tea. Matcha is more concentrated with anti-oxidants. But for starters, it won’t hurt to soak your mixture in green tee dried leaves or powder overnight so you’ll still get a bit of the green tea goodness.

  • Nicole

    This mask looks fantastic, I can’t wait to try it out!

    • Vivi

      So fun to make!
      Remember not to leave it on for too long or until the mask starts to solidify or it might dry the skin :)