Matcha & Green tea benefits for your skin.
You may or may not be an avid tea drinker. But do you know what it can do for you when you add it to your skin care routine? Unlike raw foods, you have to be more selective when choosing green tea products, because not all forms are pure. Sometimes they mixes low-quality products with rice, sugar, herbs, and other tea strains. But, if you do get your hands on some straight-up green tea leaves or matcha powder, it’s all goodness. In fact, matcha actually contains more disease-fighting antioxidants than superfoods like pomegranates and raspberries. Despite it being a little bit pricey, matcha and green tea benefits are wholly amazing and super varied.
Some of the things that green tea and matcha can do for your body include the following:
- Combat aging
- Improve memory/can prevent Alzheimer’s
- Lower blood pressure
- Normalize blood sugar levels
- Promote bone health
- Keep you full longer
- Promote weight loss
- Protect vision and prevent eye disease
- Promote heart health
- Reduce inflammation
- Can increase muscle strength
- Boost energy levels
Is There a Difference Between Green Tea and Matcha?
The words “green tea” and “matcha” are actually slightly different. Although they both are green, taste heavenly, and are great for nearly every part of your body, both green tea and matcha are derived from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, but that’s where their similarities mostly end. Green tea is generally in leaf form in a tea bag, or loose leaf tea used with tea infuser. It’s also available pre-made in bottles and cans.
On the other hand, Matcha, pure green tea leaves, grounded into powder. In fact, “matcha” quite literally means “ground” or “powdered tea.” Because of this difference, matcha is much more concentrated. Experts estimate that matcha has 3x the antioxidants than regular green tea does, and the flavor is slightly richer. When it comes to the products for your skin, something with matcha probably used the powder form, while the other one with green tea would most likely use the leaves.
Furthermore, green tea and matcha use two different processes. The green tea process involves quickly heating the leaves by pan-firing or steaming. They are sometimes left out in the sun to wither. Matcha, on the other hand, is kept in the shade away from the sun to increase chlorophyll and amino acid production. This makes the leaves a darker green and increases the sweetness. Then the leaves are laid out flat to dry and ground down to the powder.
Because of their impressive amount of nutrients and benefits, green tea and matcha are great additions to skincare products.
What are the matcha and green tea benefits for your skin?
You know that matcha and green tea can help your brain and body, but what can it do for your skin?
Well, here are some of the matcha and green tea benefits that you would want for your skin:
- Reduce Acne and Treat Rosacea. Drinking green tea can soothe your tummy, and using green tea products on your face can soothe your skin. Polyphenols, a molecule found in green tea, have been proven to reduce inflammation, promote healing, and fight certain types of bacteria.
- Prevent Premature Aging. The caffeine in green tea can help tighten the skin, and the polyphenols can also help fight free radicals, which weaken skin’s elasticity.
- Shield From Harmful UV Rays. We all know daily SPF is important. While green tea won’t be able to replace your sunscreen, studies have shown that drinking green tea or applying it topically protects the skin from damaging UV rays.
- Even Out Your Skin Tone. While green tea probably won’t erase scarring or hyperpigmentation, it can help to even out subtle inconsistencies in your skin tone and clear it up.
- Fight Excess Oil Production. Instead of just absorbing excess oil, like many acne products do, green tea stops it at the source by reducing the production of sebum. It won’t dry your face out.
- Combat Under eye Circles. You’ve probably seen green tea in eye creams before, and that’s because the caffeine is a beneficial ingredient in fighting under-eye puffiness, swelling, and dark circles. You could even pop a couple of tea bags in the fridge and then place them on your eyes.
If you’re struggling with any of the conditions above, you should definitely try some green tea or matcha products. And if you like what green tea can do for your skin, you can also try using it in your hair and on your teeth. Green tea stimulates hair growth and fight dandruff, plus prevent cavities and fight bad breath.
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