Beautiful and glowing skin is on top of the list of pursuits when it comes to beauty and skincare. Clear and healthy skin is not only a sign of good looks but also our overall health, as skin is the largest organ responsible for the detoxification of our body.
As the skincare industry is on a continuous search for the next best beauty treatment to get you one step closer to the perfect complexion you are aiming for, we found ourselves reaching for a more natural approach to skincare and implement centuries-old methods that have been used for clearing breakouts, reducing inflammation, and even reducing wrinkles.
One of the most popular beauty ingredients that are widely used in the East Asian culture is not commonly seen or referred to as a beauty ingredient at all, but rather a delicious and healthy drink: Matcha.
Matcha for Healthy Skin
Although the road to healthy and glowing skin does not consist of one holy grail product, matcha comes notably close to it. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties combined with the copious amounts of vitamins and antioxidants can greatly improve the overall condition of your skin. There are a few reasons why we chose matcha for our skin concerns and needs, below we explain some of them.
Matcha Is an Antioxidant Powerhouse
When it comes to superfoods, matcha is on top of the food chain. One teaspoon of matcha contains 6x the number of antioxidants found in dark chocolate and up to 12x the number of antioxidants found in the infamous green tea. That makes matcha the number one choice for providing your body with the antioxidants it needs to fight free radicals and environmental damage.
Antioxidants are essential to our skin health as free radicals cause damage to our skin’s barrier and speed up the aging process, resulting in unwanted wrinkles. The primary antioxidant found in green tea that is responsible for reversing UV and free radical damage, EGCG, is even more abundant in matcha. Matcha contains 137 times more EGCG than regular green tea, which makes it the ideal choice as not only a drink but a skincare ingredient.
Matcha Contains Skin Boosting Vitamins
Our skin, much like the rest of our body, needs vitamins to thrive. There are a few vitamins that easily come to mind when we think of skincare, such as Vitamin C, yet that is simply not enough to achieve the glowing complexion of your dreams.
Matcha contains high levels of Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. All three of those vitamins work closely together to improve skin texture, firmness, and hydration. Vitamin B2 is responsible for balancing collagen levels, Vitamin K promotes blood circulation essential for reducing redness and inflammation, while Vitamin E promotes nourishment and hydration of the skin.
Matcha Reduces Stress
There is a multitude of reasons why stress is the biggest enemy to the body and the skin and those stress-caused breakouts are on top of our list. There is no avoiding it. Increased stress causes a spike in cortisol levels resulting in the imbalance of our hormones, thus causing the most dreaded skin problem of them all, acne.
Hormonal acne gets the best of the clearest of the skin and tends to pop up at the most unfortunate of times. Worry not, matcha could be our acne emergency solution.
Matcha is rich in the amino acid known as L-Theanine, which promotes calmness and healthy brain function. It is extremely powerful in reducing anxiety and is the primary reason for the lack of caffeine-induced jitters that are a familiar side effect of drinking coffee.
By including matcha in your routine, you can gain control over your stress levels and improve your acne and overall skin health.
If a glowing complexion is your goal, try incorporating matcha into your routine, whether as a drink or by using skincare products with matcha as the ingredient. Best case scenario, you’ll have beautiful and healthy skin, worst-case scenario, you’ll enjoy a delicious drink!