Everywhere we look, it seems as though superfoods have taken over. We’re adding them to our smoothies, we’re making teas out of them and we’re even formulating our anti-aging skin care products with them. That being said, superfoods in skin care is nothing new. In fact, many of them have been used for centuries to promote beauty from the inside out. And one beauty food in particular has left its mark on skin care and beauty products alike: matcha green tea.
Matcha green tea is a type of—you guessed it—green tea that is boosted with antioxidant-rich vitamins and minerals. According to esthetician and founder of LaBelle Day Spas & Salons, Bella Schneider, what makes matcha so special is that it is grown differently than regular green tea. “It’s covered from direct sunlight 20 to 30 days before harvest in order to increase its chlorophyll levels and production of amino acids,” says Schneider. Once the leaves are harvested, they’re then turned into a potent powder.
So, how can matcha be of benefit to the body’s largest organ? According to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, “it can improve inflamed skin, it’s good for exfoliation and protects skin from free radical damage.” But, that’s not all. “Matcha is a wonderful treatment for people with oilier skin complexion due to its purification, detoxing and antibacterial benefits,” adds Schneider. “Matcha also helps rejuvenate skin that lacks oxygen, as a result of sleepless nights, smoking and toxicities in the air.”
Used for centuries in Asian cultures, the anti-aging superfood can now be found in anything from face masks to even hydrogel eye masks. We share some of our favorite skin care products formulated with matcha green tea, here: