Love green tea? Your skin does too. Matcha, the green tea powder we all love for a supercharged antioxidant boost, is not just an inner beauty superfood. It's also an effective skincare ingredient that has long been used in Japanese skincare and beauty.
In Western culture, increasingly more people are discovering green tea’s rejuvenating and replenishing benefits for the skin. Want to know how this superfood can take good care of your skin? Read on.
The vibrant green color of matcha is thanks to the high amount of chlorophyll in the youngest leaves of the green tea plant. Chlorophyll is a natural plant compound needed for photosynthesis. Studies have found chlorophyll can actually reduce photo-aging and protect our skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Additionally, chlorophyll’s detoxifying properties can shield your skin from impurities and chemicals that can clog your pores.
It’s no secret that antioxidant-rich ingredients are essential for maintaining youthful, healthy and beautiful skin. Matcha is highly rich in antioxidants and nutrients that can help reverse the signs of aging. Combined with its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and detoxifying properties, green tea is one of the best skincare ingredients available for your precious skin to soak up.
3 ways to glow with green tea
Matcha green tea powder is highly versatile—and it’s packed with ten times more of the powerful benefits of green tea. Here are a few ways you can infuse matcha into your daily skincare ritual.
Matcha Clay Mask
The next time you brew a cup of matcha, save some for a face mask. Wind down in the evening and soothe and detoxify your skin from stress, pollution and impurities by adding matcha to an all-natural DIY clay mask.
2 tsp matcha
2 tsp bentonite clay
1 tsp manuka honey
1 tbsp water
Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Stir the mixture until smooth. Apply to face with fingers or a brush and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off the mask with warm water or remove with a warm, wet cleansing cloth.
Matcha Collagen Smoothie
Enjoy a nourishing matcha collagen smoothie for breakfast, lunch, or as a post-workout snack for inner and outer beauty. The combination of matcha and marine collagen can promote clear, plump skin and healthy hair and nails.
1-2 tbsp marine collagen
1 tsp matcha
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 frozen or fresh banana
1 handful baby spinach
1 cup ice
1 tsp chia seeds
Add ingredients to a high power blender. Blend the liquid and powder ingredients on medium. Add banana, baby spinach and ice, then blend on high until ice is crushed. Pour into a cup and sprinkle with chia seeds.
Green Tea Skincare Products
Give your skin the love it deserves and look for skincare products with green tea in the ingredients. The next time you shop for new skincare—whether it’s a cleanser, face mist, moisturiser, serum or mask—see if green tea is listed as one of the main ingredients. Green tea is great for sensitive or inflamed skin and can even help relieve skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and acne.