Matcha magic: Unlocking the skincare benefits of green tea powder
Why look for chemical-based cosmetic products when we have so many natural solutions to keep our skin glowing and healthy? Matcha is one such natural ingredient that is great for the skin and will make you forget all about toners. Let us explore the benefits of matcha for skincare and how you can incorporate it into your daily routine.
What is matcha?
Matcha, also known as green tea powder, has been used for centuries in Japan for its health and beauty benefits. In recent years, it has gained popularity in the Western world as a powerful ingredient for skincare. Matcha is a form of green tea which is much more concentrated in antioxidants than regular green tea. “It is prepared from the same plant, but in matcha, the entire leaf is grounded to make a powder which is to be whisked into hot water to form a frothy drink. Compared to it, regular green tea is steeped in hot water,” says Dr Sonal Bansal, Consultant, Dermatology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram.
Benefits of matcha for skin
1. High antioxidant levels
Matcha contains high levels of antioxidants, which protect the skin from free radical damage caused by UV rays, pollution, and other environmental factors. Free radicals can cause premature aging, wrinkles, and fine lines, but antioxidants neutralize them, preventing damage to the skin. “The main ingredient in matcha is a compound called tencha which has very high antioxidant properties,” says Dr Bansal.
2. Anti-inflammatory benefits
This makes it particularly useful for individuals with sensitive or acne-prone skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of matcha can help soothe redness, irritation, and swelling, reducing the appearance of blemishes. “The skin conditions that can be helped with co-treatment with matcha are acne and dermatitis, to name a few. It also helps in reducing the anti aging process by accelerating the DNA repair process. By the same mechanism, it can also prevent skin cancers,” says Dr Bansal.
3. Rich in catechins
Matcha is also rich in catechins, which are compounds that have been shown to improve skin elasticity and firmness. These catechins stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that keeps the skin looking youthful and plump. Collagen production decreases as we age, which is why matcha can be particularly beneficial for mature skin.
4. Good for dry skin
Another benefit of matcha is its ability to improve skin tone and texture. The small particles in matcha help to exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover. This can result in smoother, brighter, and more even-looking skin.
How to use matcha for skin?
1. Matcha face mask
One easy way is to use a matcha face mask. You can mix matcha powder with a few drops of water or your favorite face oil to create a paste. After applying the matcha mask on your face leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
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2. Add matcha to your moisturiser
Matcha can also be added to your daily moisturizer or serum. Simply mix a small amount of matcha powder with your product of choice before applying it to your skin.
3. Drink matcha green tea
Finally, you can incorporate matcha into your diet by drinking matcha tea. Not only will this provide your body with the health benefits of matcha, but it will also contribute to the overall health and vitality of your skin.
By incorporating matcha into your skincare routine, you can achieve a healthier, more youthful-looking complexion!