As you may know, matcha is a type of green tea that’s jam packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that make it a great coffee alternative, or just an addition to your diet. In fact, just one cup of matcha has up to TEN TIMES the antioxidants of regular green tea.
What does this have to do with your skin? We're glad you asked!
Matcha & Acne:
Acne is primarily caused by inflammation, overproduction of sebum (a fatty acid) and when the bacteria living naturally on your skin grows too high. Scientific studies have shown that upon drinking matcha daily for two months, the production of sebum (a fatty acid that causes acne) was actually reduced by almost 70 percent!
Matcha & Anti-Aging:
Back to those antioxidants. Matcha contains a high potency of B complex vitamins, catechins, as well as vitamins A, C, K. When you absorb these antioxidants from drinking matcha, you are actually helping to rid the skin of free radicals, which are molecules that break down collagen. By slowing this process with added antioxidants, your skin can keep it's collagen, longer!
Matcha & Skin Cancer:
As mentioned above, matcha is also high in catechins, which promote anti-cancer activity. According the the NCI (National Cancer Institute), the particular group of catechins found in matcha can help protect cells from damage from UV rays and even promote the destruction of skin cancer cells.
Matcha & Blemishes or Oily Skin:
You thought we were done listing all the great things contained in matcha. Not yet! Matcha contains chlorophyll, a natural anti-bacterial. Chlorophyll not only helps to relieve your skin of excess oil, but when applied topically, it give's a nice soothing, cool effect. This in itself can reduce redness caused by certain skin conditions.