If you’ve been to a health food shop recently or you’ve browsed online, you may be familiar with matcha tea? But, have you heard of matcha for your skin? Hot beverage products are often used in skincare products – green tea and coffee are regularly used due to their natural skincare benefits. Well, matcha is actually a form of green tea that boasts amazing anti-ageing properties. So, how exactly does it work on your complexion and how should you use it? This quick guide will teach you everything you need to know about matcha skincare.

What is matcha?

Matcha is made from the entire green tea leaf and is the pulverised form of it. It’s more potent than traditional green tea so it’s excellent for using on your skin to restore your complexion.

How can matcha aid your complexion?

Matcha contains a polyphenol called catechins which is a powerful antioxidant. This helps to neutralise free radicals – uncharged molecules that are responsible for accelerated signs of ageing. As it’s a form of green tea, it’s also packed with anti-inflammatory properties which calm and soothe skin conditions like acne and rosacea.

How to use matcha in your skincare routine

To get optimal benefits from matcha, its best to use it in natural form. Take a look at the homemade recipe below and relish from a beautiful, glowing complexion.

Matcha Mask

Ingredients

  • Half a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
  • One tablespoon of aloe vera oil

Mix the ingredients together until fully blended. Apply to a freshly cleansed face. Leave for five to ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool water. Pat dry and apply your favourite moisturiser.

This beautiful face mask will leave your skin healthy, refreshed and luminous. Use once a week for best results.

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