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Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

This homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask has amazing anti-aging and hydrating benefits, with nutrient-packed ingredients like match and spirulina.

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

As the weather gets colder and drier, my skin is definitely feeling the effect and it’s in need of a bit more love and care. I already have naturally dry and sensitive skin, so I’m always looking for new treatments and masks that’ll help with hydration and wrinkles. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’m way more picky about choosing my products and I was pleasantly surprised at how well this homemade super antioxidant face mask worked to moisturize my skin, as well as give it that dewy glow.

Benefits of Antioxidants for Skin

Not only is consuming antioxidants beneficial for our health and our skin, topical application also works extremely well to:

  • Increase blood flow in the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and repair sun damage
  • Reduce inflammation so your skin tone looks more even, while keeping acne at bay
  • Neutralize free radicals that break down collagen and help maintain the skin’s elasticity and youth

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Ingredient Breakdown: Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Raw honey: Full of antioxidants and antibacterial properties, raw honey is great for acne treatment and slowing down aging. It’s also the main ingredient in this face mask that helps to moisturize and nourish the skin, giving you that dewy glow afterwards.

Raw apple cider vinegar: Because of its acidity, raw apple cider vinegar balances the pH of your skin to keep it from getting too dry or oil. It also has powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties to reduce bacteria and acne.

Matcha powder: Matcha is not only delicious for drinking, it’s great for skin care because it is full of antioxidants and also contains caffeine, which is known to constrict the blood vessels and help with circulation. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory effects and has been known to be helpful in treatments for rosacea and cystic acne.

Spirulina: Spirulina is a type of freshwater algae that’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Taking it internally is known to be extremely beneficial for detox and the same goes for using it topically. It reduces free radicals, bacteria, and toxins from the skin, while promoting skin metabolism for faster healing and skin cell turnover.

Chlorella: Chlorella is also an algae with a high concentration of antioxidants, as well as vitamins and minerals. It greatly reduces oxidative stress and naturally increases vitamin A and C in your skin, which protects the cells and helps you looking younger.

If you are looking to purchase Spirulina and Chlorella, I highly recommend Perfect Supplments’ Aquatic Greens, which is a combination of these 2 superfoods together in their highest quality. I use it for skin care and in my smoothies when I need a bit of a detox. Don’t forget to use GREATGRANDMA10 at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order!

I’ve been using this Super Antioxidant Face Mask weekly for about a month now, and I can immediately tell how much smoother and hydrated my skin is after each use. I also love that I know what all the ingredients are in this homemade mask, and I hope it becomes your go-to toxin-free and effective solution to your skin problems!

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask

Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 face mask
Author: Jean Choi

This homemade Super Antioxidant Face Mask has amazing anti-aging and hydrating benefits, with nutrient-packed ingredients like matcha and spirulina.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix together.

  2. If the mask seems too thick, add a little bit more apple cider vinegar until it reaches the right consistency.

  3. Wash your face with your favorite cleanser and pat dry with a towel.

  4. Apply a thin layer of the Super Antioxidant Mask on your face. 

  5. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

  6. Apply your favorite moisturizer. 

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3-Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream (Paleo, Vegan) [VIDEO]

Simple and easy 3-ingredient matcha ice cream is so delicious, you’ll never guess it’s paleo and vegan!

3 Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream Paleo Vegan

So…. the June Gloom in LA is REAL, guys. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s when the weather is overcast and chilly during late spring/early summer in southern California. AND IT’S DEPRESSING. I know, I know… I’m living in a place where it’s sunny and beautiful most of the year so I shouldn’t complain, but I did NOT expect this. Nothing like a delicious ice cream to brighten up the mood though, right?

I haven’t had ice cream in forever, and it’s mostly because I just stopped eating sweets. Not only do I prefer salty foods in general, I still am dealing with candida symptoms especially when I’m under a lot of stress. However, this matcha ice cream? It contains only clean, good-for-you ingredients that doesn’t give me any of the blood sugar symptoms or digestive issues. It’s just the gosh darn best!

3 Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream Paleo Vegan

I love the fact that this matcha ice cream literally takes 3 ingredients to make. And it tastes AMAZING. I first had matcha ice cream when I was visiting Seoul, Korea in the summer back in middle school. The thought of green tea for ice cream seemed a bit strange to me, but once I tasted it, I was obsessed. The slightly bitter and smooth taste of matcha was so perfect with the sweet creaminess added to it.

So ever since I found out I’m intolerant to dairy (which seems like bajillion years ago), I’ve been eyeing every matcha ice cream I’ve come across with sadness because it really is one of my favorite ice cream flavors. And the fact that I can now enjoy it at home SO EASILY just in time for the summer brings me so much joy!

3 Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream Paleo Vegan

If you are on the RESTART sugar detox, good news: You can still enjoy this recipe! Just use green-tipped bananas. It won’t be as sweet, but it’ll still satisfy your cravings wonderfully. You gotta enjoy SOME kind of a cold treat as the weather gets warmer, in my opinion. Not go make this matcha ice cream this weekend! If you love matcha, you’ll love it. I promise!

3 Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream Paleo Vegan

3 Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream Paleo Vegan

3 Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream Paleo Vegan

3-Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream (Paleo, Vegan)

Prep Time: 6 hours
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2 -3 servings
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas (or green-tipped, if on RESTART sugar detox)
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • Optional toppings: chocolate chips, whipped cream, sprinkles, nuts, etc.

Instructions

  1. Peel the bananas, slice them into 3-inch chunks, and freeze them in a freezer bag for at least 6 hours.
  2. Add matcha powder to coconut cream, and whisk until smooth and creamy. Chill in the refrigerator for at 2 hours until the mixture sets and hardens.
  3. Place the frozen bananas and the matcha/coconut cream mixture in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Serve immediately or store in the freezer until ready to eat.
  5. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings, if using!
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3-Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

No-Bake Coconut Matcha Protein Bars (AIP & Paleo)

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

So I was cleaning out my kitchen cabinets the other day and I found a whole container of matcha powder in the back that I completely forgot about! I believe someone gifted it to me but just never used it. Oops. I’ve been meaning to try using matcha in my cooking for a while now because I love the flavor and the health benefits, so I instantly made these no-bake matcha protein bars with the match powder I found. 

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

If you don’t know what matcha is, it’s finely ground dehydrated green tea leaves that comes in a bright green powder. In traditional green tea, the leaves are steeped in hot water then discarded, but with matcha, you actually end up eating the tea leaves. This makes it much more beneficial for health than regular green tea, with more antioxidants (almost 3 times!) and nutrients, making it a delicious superfood!

To boost the beneficial effects of this yummy snack or dessert, I also added my favorite protein powder, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, which is made from grass-fed, pastured-raised bovine hides. It’s one of the best protein powders I have tried and I love how my skin and hair look after regularly consuming it daily!  

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

If you are vegan, feel free to use another protein powder of your choice. It will still be tasty and healthy, because Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides doesn’t have a strong flavor at all. I’ve been eating one of these matcha protein bars after each meal as a dessert, and love that I’m treating myself and giving my body beneficial nutrients at the same time.

The matcha powder I used was this one, and I love the flavor! Always make sure to read the ingredients list to make sure that there’s only one ingredient: Japanese green tea matcha powder, preferably organic. I’ve seen ones with gluten, sugar, or preservatives in them so make sure to avoid those ones with fillers in them!

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

No-Bake Coconut Matcha Protein Bars (AIP & Paleo)

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x4 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour out the mixture into the pan and flatten it with a spatula. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the freezer and cut into square.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars