Matcha madness has made its way from coffee shops into beauty cabinets.
If you are among the flock of people that have traded in your regular cup o’ coffee, for a matcha tea latte, then you are in luck: your caffeine fix is the hottest new ingredient popping up in every skincare product.
Green tea isn’t exactly a new skincare ingredient. In fact, matcha is a Japanese tea that has been used for centuries, but its inclusion into Western beauty has become a trend only recently. Unlike regular green tea, matcha is farmed and processed in a specific way that helps to preserve antioxidants — in fact, it contains 137 times the antioxidants found in other green teas.
This high concentration helps to reduce inflammation and can repair damage from environmental factors, acne and scarring. Most importantly, it contains catechins, which help the skin combat harmful effects of free radicals. Using products with matcha also helps to add plumpness to the skin.
Of course, drinking matcha tea is great for you as well, but applying it topically ensures that the ingredients are directly treating your skin concerns. The powdered form of matcha is much more concentrated, so for the most impact, it is best to choose masks or scrubs instead of liquid products.
Now you can Instagram your matcha tea and your matcha mask.
Shop our favourite products made with matcha:
Origins Matcha Face Mask
This face mask comes in a loose powder formula. You scoop out the product and mix it with equal parts water. Once it is all stirred together into a smooth consistency, you apply it to your face and leave it on for 10-minutes. The Origins RitualiTea Matcha Madness Revitalizing Powder Face Mask, $45, sephora.ca
First Aid Beauty Matcha Face Wipes
These non-greasy wipes are a gym bag essential. They have a light, fresh scent and the matcha makes your skin feel refreshed. First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Caffeine Matcha Wake Up Wipes, $18, sephora.ca
Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser + Toner
The world’s first solid facial toner is made of matcha goodness. It detoxifies the skin and has a cooling sensation when you apply it. It is perfect for travel and mess-free application. Milk Makeup Matcha Toner and Milk Makeup Matcha Cleanser, $31 each, sephora.ca
The Body Shop Matcha Pollution Clearing Mask
The matcha mask was created with pollution in mind. Gentle exfoliators help to rid the skin of build-up from city pollutants and matcha tea helps to soothe and repair damaged skin. The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask, $28, thebodyshop.com
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New to our expert facemask range, our Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask is your new best friend to help keep skin looking-younger #Repost @beautifulbuns_sg If you've had your lunch, try getting a cuppa matcha to aid in digestion. Green tea is good for your body, internally, and now, externally, with The Body Shop's new Japanese Matcha Tea mask. This purifying detoxifying skincare product leaves your skin feeling refreshed, softer and oh-so-soft (and it smells like cucumber!). Me likey! ? It'll only be available in September, so let's both hang on to our wallets till it's launched. ? #thebodyshop #facemask #matcha
Hurraw! Green Tea Lip Balm
The organic lip balm is high in fatty acids to give your lips long lasting hydration. Its matcha infusion gives it a fresh fragrance and antioxidant benefits. Hurraw! Green Tea Lip Balm, $5, thedetoxmarket.com
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