DIY Green Tea Mask & Scrub

I took a couple of days off the blog to get over this end-of-summer cold. I get one this time of year every year. I'm feeling so much better--thanks for your sweet words. And I'm convinced this mask I'm sharing today helped me feel better. I've been using this green tea mask for years--because it works. It's a 2-in-1: part mask, part scrub, all good. Enjoy.

  • 3 tsp green tea (depends on brand, but this is usually 3 bags)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 3 tsp greek yogurt
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • optional: facial brush (I sometimes use a tint brush to help with mess, but clean fingers work just as well)
  • Pour the yogurt and brown sugar into bowl. Cut open tea tags and add unbrewed green tea to the bowl. Mix.
  • Apply to face and leave for 20 minutes.
  • With clean fingers, gently scrub mask in circular motions for a minute or two.
  • Wash away carefully with warm water.
  • You can make extra and keep refrigerated up to a month.
Why This Works:
  • Green tea is an antioxidant and also helps with redness and water retention. When I'm sick, my face looks puffy and red, so I love green tea to help (I drink it too).
  • Brown sugar is an exfoliant. My skin gets very dry when I take decongestants, and this helps with the dry skin.
  • Yogurt provides moisture and soothes skin--so helpful with my skin.
  • No yogurt? Try regular sour cream. You can also substitute a regular cream moisturizer, just remember you have to rinse it away.
  • Sometimes I substitute fresh, ground parsley instead of green tea, especially if I have a pimple.
  • To make this just a scrub, add one more tsp of brown sugar and one less tsp of yogurt.
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  1. I have to try this! hope you're feeling better, I took a few days off too :)

  2. This sounds really nice! I will definitely try it sometime! :)

  3. This sounds really great! I will have to give it a try soon.

  4. I must try this, sounds really nice and what I love about it is how simple this is!

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  5. I love using green tea for my face, too. Wonderful scrub/mask! X

  6. I love anything with green tea...seriously. This mask sounds easy yet effective. TY for sharing.:)

  7. That is a lovely DIY so easy as well.. shall give it a try,.. thanks for sharing xo

  8. This looks so easy and soothing! What a great DIY!

  9. im glad youre feeling better! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  10. Glad you're feeling better!
    And what a great mask recipe- I need this for when my skin is puffy + red, for sure!


  11. I have to try this, and I think i have everything at home already!

  12. Well all i need is the green tea and I'm good to go on this one - def going to try it!!

  13. Yay! Glad you're feeling better! I need to run out and get some green tea so I can try this out! Sounds perfect.

    <3, Pamela

  14. This looks amazing I am definitely going to have to try that!

  15. I love this...I agree that things like this help in the healing process. I'm glad you're feeling better!!

  16. So glad you are feeling better, I cannot wait to try this at home! I have been needing a cleanse after wearing so much makeup (dance competition) this weekend!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

  17. glad you're feeling better darling! i normally get sick at the end of the summer as well, havent yet - fingers crossed! love this diy mask, i dont have green tea though (we dont drink it!)

  18. I've always wanted to try a homemade mask!! Might have to give it a go! Glad you are feeling better!

    <3 Shannon

  19. Glad you are feeling better. I have a cold that is kicking my butt right now.
    This mask looks super easy...can't wait to try it out!

  20. I know: I am repeating myself: but I always, always love your DIY recipes- I have already bookmarked so many- yet I have not tried one! Why do I not have time to try all these! Maybe I have to remind myself every Sunday to try one of your masks. Feel better Elle!!! Kisses, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

  21. Need to try this:) Glad you're feeling better!

  22. I have to try this, it sounds wonderful, and not too difficult!

  23. This sounds so easy and I think I have all the ingredients! Thanks for sharing this :)

  24. Love how you didn't include ingredients like "extract of yucca" or some crap no one has on hand. Must try this!

  25. i like this one because i usually have all of these ingredients on hand at any given time! thanks for sharing :)

  26. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to try this soon!

  27. This sounds amazing, definitely going to try (and thank you for being so thoughtful in posting alternative ingredients too!) Glad you're feeling better xo

  28. Sounds so easy and simple! Will have to try this very soon!


  29. This makes so much sense and you can make it any time!

  30. Sorry to hear you've been under the weather. Glad you're on the mend! Fab DIY! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  31. This sounds like something I would really like!! I really need to try more DIY skin care stuff. I'm glad your feeling better!

  32. I have never done a DIY mask before but this really makes me want to try one!

  33. I use Lush's fresh face masks, so in a way it only makes sense for me to venture into DIY masks, right? But for some reason I have yet to try it. I guess I don't trust my concocting skills ;-)

  34. This sounds great, and I already have all the ingredients. I have been in need of a face scrub for a while now...

  35. I have been sick myself so sometimes it's good to get away from the blog a little to make yourself feel better. But yeah this is a great diy mask, I think I actually have all the ingredients at my house right now, I'm going to try this tonight. :)


  36. Glad you're feeling better! My babies got pretty sick a couple weeks ago and have now given me their cold. At least they're on the mend!

  37. hell that green tea mask is freaking good


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