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Besides being a delicious drink, matcha is also known as a health elixir, with miraculous benefits for your body and skin. It's been around for over four centuries and was used by ancient Chinese and Japanese for boosting energy and endurance.
Nowadays, the popularity of this amazing plant soared even more, and you can see matcha teas, shots, lattes, and deserts filling the shelves of most health stores and coffee shops.
But the craze surrounding this green beauty doesn't end there. The skincare and beauty world also got their piece of the pie – having matcha as a super-ingredient in different personal care products, from acne treatments to anti-aging creams.
So, let's find out all about this miracle plant and its secret skin benefits.
What Is Matcha?
Matcha, also known as Japanese matcha, is a type of green tea belonging to the same plant family – Camellia sinensis. It's a bright-green, finely ground powder of Camellia sinensis plant leaves grown and processed in a very specific way. Unlike green tea, matcha leaves are grown in the shade several weeks prior to harvest. During this period, away from the sun, the leaves produce more caffeine and theanine.
After removing veins and stems, the leaves are then ground into a fine powder. To consume it, you just need to suspend the powder into warm milk or water, whisk it, and it's ready. So, instead of steeping a tea bag in boiling water and then removing it, you're consuming whole matcha tea leaves. This way, all the antioxidant and nutrient contents of the plant are preserved – hence all the fantastic health benefits matcha touts.
Research suggests that due to its high antioxidant content (especially catechins), matcha tea may positively affect both physical and mental health, supporting heart and liver function, boosting cognitive abilities, reducing anxiety and depression, and even preventing cancer.
However, in this article, we'll focus on matcha benefits for our skin.
5 Incredible Benefits of Matcha for Skin
Whether you're drinking it or applying it topically, matcha can benefit your complexion in many different ways. Here are five amazing skin benefits you can expect from matcha:
#1: Reduces Inflammation
Thanks to its rich antioxidant content (most importantly, catechin called EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate), matcha has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it's excellent for combating irritation, redness, and inflammation caused by acne, rosacea, or eczema.
#2: Supports Clear and Even Complexion
Matcha has a high methylxanthines content, stimulating microcirculation in the skin. As a result, the complexion is more radiant and blemish-free. Also, tannins in matcha can shrink pores and reduce oil production and shine, making it perfect for those with oily skin.
#3: Prevents Premature Aging
The catechins found in abundance in matcha can reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals, the main culprits for premature aging. The EGCGs in green matcha act as powerful free-radicals sweepers, neutralizing them and slowing down the process of cellular aging. In addition, the catechins combined with caffeine found in green matcha tea act as a powerful antioxidant duo, promoting skin elasticity and firmness.
#4: Protects Against Sun Damage and Pollution
Besides catechins, matcha is also packed with polyphenols. These organic compounds possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and DNA-repairing properties that can repair and rejuvenate your skin. Polyphenols can protect the skin from UV rays and remedy the damage caused by excessive exposure to the sun.
#5: Helps Prevent and Fight Acne
Thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, matcha can suppress infection and inflammation that can cause acne. In addition, it's proven helpful in fighting hormonal acne as well. In women, hormonal acne is usually caused by excess androgen hormones that trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. EGCGs are potent antioxidants that can also reduce androgen hormones, supporting hormonal balance in women and fighting hormonal acne.
DIY Matcha Face Masks Recipes
To get the full benefits of this miraculous plant, you can make super nourishing matcha face masks at home and let it work its magic from the outside as well.
Matcha&Banana Face Mask for Hydration Boost
Bananas are packed with vitamin A which smooths out dry patches and rough skin texture, restoring its moisture and keeping it well-hydrated. Matcha with bananas is a win-win combination that calms and nourishes dry skin and can even help diminish fine lines. So, let's make this nutrient-full face mask:
- 1 banana
- 2 teaspoons matcha green powder
- 1 teaspoon honey (you can use Manuka honey)
Preparation & application:
- Mash the banana with a fork until it becomes smooth and mushy.
- Add matcha powder and honey.
- Stir everything until the mixture is nicely blended.
- Apply the mixture to your face, and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
This nutritious mask is a god-send for dry and sensitive skin. There really are no hard and fast rules with this face mask, and you can apply it as often as you want and leave it on for longer than 10 minutes if you think your skin will like it.
Matcha&Yogurt Face Mask for Acne and Detox
This face mask recipe combines probiotics from yogurt as well as calming and anti-microbial properties from honey and tea tree oil. It will do a strong detox of your skin, reducing and preventing acne and blemishes.
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 tablespoons yogurt
- 1 teaspoon matcha green powder
- 2 or 3 drops tea tree oil
Preparation & application:
- Combine honey and yogurt and mix well until nicely blended together.
- Add matcha powder and tea tree oil, and stir everything well.
- Massage the mixture onto cleansed face and leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water, and apply your serum and moisturizer onto damp skin.
This balancing and antioxidant-rich face mask is suitable for sensitive skin prone to acne. It will pamper your skin and help you get that sought-after glow and clear complexion.
If you want radiant skin with a clear and healthy complexion, it's time to reinforce your skincare regimen with some green matcha. Whether you choose to start your day with a delicious cup of matcha latte or make your own matcha skincare concoctions (or both), it's up to you. All in all, you should try to incorporate this green wonder into your daily life.