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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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Energy Boosting Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieRecently, I’ve been feeling a bit run down and low on energy. This happens when I push myself a bit too much (the down side of being type A) and stress starts affecting my energy level. I found out about spirulina a few months ago and I decided to give it a try. Although the taste takes some time to get used to, it’s incredibly nutrient dense and known for it’s energy boosting abilities.

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a powder form of blue-green algae that is ultra rich in vitamins (B vitamins, A, E, K, C, and D), minerals (potassium, calcium, zinc, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium), proteins and amino acids, carotenoids, and antioxidants. With its myriad of nutrients, it is incredibly beneficial for the health of your brain and body. Though I don’t like to use the word “superfood,” it is considered to be one because of its nutrition profile and its ability to remove toxins from the body.

Some additional health benefits are:

  • Boosts energy
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces allergy and sinus issues
  • Lowers inflammation in the body
  • Removes heavy metals from the body
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases fat burning and promotes weight loss
  • Eliminates candida
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Keeps your skin healthy and glowing
  • Improves memory and protects the brain

That’s not even the extensive list, and I think it’s pretty amazing!

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina SmoothieI didn’t find the taste of spirulina off-putting at all when I first tried it, but many people have a hard time getting used to it. So I thought chocolate would be the best way to mask the taste. Specifically, mint chocolate… because who doesn’t love that?

With some spinach added in for some extra greens, you’ll love this energy boosting mint chocolate spirulina smoothie. I like to drink one of these in the morning, and I do feel more alert and better overall. I’ve been incorporating it regularly into my diet and I love that it feels like I’m eating dessert!

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Energy Boosting Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie

Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 or 2 small servings
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

  • 1 large banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 12 fresh peppermint leaves
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • Optional: 1-2 tsp honey, if you prefer sweeter
  • Optional: Cacao nibs and shredded coconut, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Please all ingredients (except cacao nibs and cinnamon, if using) in a blender and blend until creamy.
  2. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with cacao nibs and shredded coconut (optional) and enjoy!
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Paleo Mint Chocolate Spirulina Smoothie