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. 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?