Though most of us are in a life long love affair with coffee, a good portion of the AM coffee shop crowd is seeing things a little greener. Matcha, a powder ground from the most potent, whole green tea leaves, provides more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than regular green tea. Rumor has it that Matcha can help fight heart disease, regular blood pressure, and boost metabolism.
This miracle powder is now inching its way into our skincare routine. What are the benefits for our skin you ask? Plenty! Matcha has been said to treat inflammation and reduce redness, improve complexion, treats oily skin through tannins that help shrink pores and decrease signs of aging through protection from free radicals.
Here are some must-try products to incorporate matcha into your beauty routine:
The world’s first solid toner, Milk Makeup’s Matcha Toner uses matcha alongside ingredients like kombucha and which hazel to purify, detoxify and protect your precious pores. The toner, which is great for even sensitive skin, leaves skin feeling smooth and moisturized. Users have said that they’ve seen results quite quickly. Much like ordering a matcha latte with a shot of espresso.
Matcha lip scrub
The whimsical millennial makeup brand Winky Lux has done it again. Introducing their Sugared Matcha Lip Scrub, a blend of sugar and green tea extract that allows lips to recharge by exfoliating and moisturizing. Simply take a dime-sized amount onto fingertips and exfoliate in a circular motion, remove the product with a warm damp cloth. For best results pair with Winky Lux’s Matcha Lip Balm to keep lips kissable no matter what. Mwah.
Matcha detox mask
H20+ Aquadefense Matcha Detox Mask is kind of legendary. Described as a “giant magnet that attracts toxins and impurities in your skin and takes them along for the ride when it’s peeled off,” the mask isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. Said to help minimize the appearance of pores and leave skin silky soft, the detoxing mask is the perfect addition to any skincare routine. For best results apply a thin layer to a dry face, letting the mask dry for 15 minutes (or when it feels dry). Peel off in a downward motion starting from the outside in. Rinse with warm water if the mask is stubborn. Try to use the mask at least twice a week, carve out some well-needed ‘me’ time.
Straight from the expert herself, celebrity facialist and skincare expert, Joanna Vargas is setting the bar, literally, for all over skincare. Her Ritual Bar not only detoxifies and smooths skin but helps to counter cellulite, dull skin and dryness all while calming irritation, speeding wound healing and building collagen. With both green tea and coffee extracts you’ll give your skin the pick me up it’s been longing for. Joanna recommends that you use the product morning and night, just like you would with any bar cleanser.
Take your bath time routine up a notch with Fig + Yarrow’s Matcha Milkbath. Made with Matcha tea, coconut milk powder, magnesium salts, salts of the Dead Sea and baking soda, the mixture is sure to help make your skin more radiant and healthier. Just add a few dashes to a warm bath and relax.
Matcha clay mask
Organic Japanese Matcha is combined with purifying French Green Clay and nourishing Chamomile to soothe and brighten your skin. The gentle formula, enriched with Chlorophyll is great for dry, mature and sensitive skin types. After use, your skin appears calmer and more luminous. The mask can be used three different ways; as a face mask, as a spot treatment, and as a brightening exfoliator.
Matcha tea treatment toner
Fight bacteria defend against future breakouts and minimize the appearance of redness with this super powerful toner from Colleen Rothschild. The Matcha Tea Treatment Toner uses Kombucha Black Tea and Japanese Green Tea to detoxify, protect and minimizes the appearance of pores and absorbs excess oil.