I’m a big fan of tea. Give me peppermint, chai, rooibos, and matcha any day of the week and I’m a happy girl. I discovered matcha green tea many years ago and fell in love with the interesting taste, a mega dose of antioxidants, the fact that it can boost metabolism and help slay calories consumed. I also like that it’s rich in fiber, vitamins and chlorophyll, and can help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. If all of that isn’t enough to turn you on to match, it also has major perks when applied topically. Scientific studies have shown it has anti-inflammatory properties, can help minimize rosacea and acne and will even protect you against free radical damage. Holy benefits!
If you prefer to go the completely natural route, you can make your own moisturizing, nourishing Matcha Mask at home. I like mixing 1 teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea powder with 1/2 teaspoon of honey for its antibacterial, antioxidant and moisturizing properties. *Depending on the honey you’re using, you might need to add slightly more or less than 1/2 teaspoon to form a paste consistency. Simply, apply the mixture to your face and neck, and leave it on for up to 15 minutes before removing with warm water and a washcloth.
If you’re looking for more ways to experience matcha, you’ll want to check out these BITB-approved, matcha-infused beauties:Milk Makeup Matcha Toner ($26)blends matcha, organic cactus elixir, Kombucha and witch hazel to purify pores, detox, protect, calm, hydrate and prep skin. To use, simply swipe the stick over freshly cleansed skin, patting excess product into complexion.
Nails Inc. Nail Grow Treatment ($15) is formulated with Vitamins A and E and Matcha Powder to boost hydration and keratin levels as well as provide a big dose of protection from nail damage. Massage this base coat into the nail bed twice a week to support the growth of stronger, healthier nails. You’ll also love the light and fresh, green tea scent.
Erborian Perfect Morning BB Mask ($32) is a multitasking mask that will minimize the look of pores, cleanse and impart a radiant glow for near-flawless looking skin in as little as 60 seconds. Just pour the powder into your hand, add a few drops of water and blend before applying the mixture to your face and gently massaging. Let it sit for one minute before rinsing clean with warm water. Matcha, Corn Starch and Allantoin combine to revitalize, soothe and condition.
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Caffeine Matcha Wake Up Wipes ($15) make it easy to remove dirt, oil and makeup on the go. Matcha green tea, Caffeine, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Aloe Leaf Juice will jump-start radiance, minimize puffiness, diminish redness, boost moisture levels and nourish skin.
NOTE: The Milk Makeup Matcha Toner was sent for review. All other products were tested in store. Opinions are my own.