For centuries, matcha has been used as an ancient Japanese beauty and health secret, distinctive in flavor and soothing on the skin. It’s green. It’s powder. And it’s the cream of the crop in a field full of teas. Maybe you’ve heard the name before from your grandmother or beauty-obsessed aunt, but if you don’t know about matcha, you will soon find out.
Matcha was first introduced during the 12th century as the purest form of green tea in Japan. Unlike other green teas, matcha makers process the entire green tea leaf, after it has been removed from direct sunlight to boost its chlorophyll levels. It is then ground into a delicate powder consistency, making it an easy-to-use substance. This process is tedious and expensive but well worth it.
Today, matcha continues to hold its value and has in fact become more popular than ever. For women across the spectrum, it’s the second best thing next to Maybelline, or whatever cosmetic brand you feel obligated to use. Don’t believe us? Start with these three simple matcha recipes and in a few weeks, you’ll trashing those pore-clogging foundations and chemically-based blushes.
Let’s be honest. Your first step to better skin begins on the inside. From this point on, it’s all about what you eat, what you drink and how much of it you consume.
Have you ever wondered why the old, Asian woman next door walks up the steps faster than you? Did you get a glance at her skin? It’s supple and radiant… and she’s going on 80. Simply put, this youthful, old woman has been drinking matcha tea far before there were matcha lattes and matcha chocolate chip cookies. Matcha tea is the most common and historic way to use matcha. One therapeutic cup of the good stuff is equivalent to at least ten cups of brewed green tea. Lucky for you, making it is a piece of cake.
Start with a tea cup, hot water and a spoon. Whisk a small amount of the green powder into the hot water until it dissolves completely. The keyword here is ‘small.’ A little goes a very long way! You’ll only need 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha before your tea mutates into a vibrant green color. And that easily, you did it. You made your first cup of matcha tea. Feel free to offer a cup to your favorite neighbor. You two might even be up for a long walk afterwards!
Benefits: supports digestion, detoxifies, weight loss, blood sugar regulation, increases energy
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The Matcha Face Mask
There’s nothing quite like having one product in your kitchen cabinet that works in a number of ways. While consuming matcha is beneficial from the inside out, using it topically can increase its positive effects on your skin. Start with something simple that only requires a few ingredients and lots of relaxation, like the matcha face mask.
Mix one tablespoon of matcha with about 1/2 a tablespoon of water until you have a paste that spreads evenly. For some additional moisture, add 1/2 a teaspoon of your favorite oil – whether it be grape seed, argan, coconut or maybe even olive oil. Unsure of which oil works best for your skin? This might help.
If your number one skin priority is to fade old acne scars while also preventing new acne bumps, you can add a few drops of organic aloe Vera gel. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes while you sit back, listen to soothing music and meditate. Before thinking about all the work you need to catch up on, rinse off the hardened mixture with warm water and pat your face dry with a damp washcloth. Looking like Kermit the frog was completely worth it, right?
Benefits: brightens skin, clears acne, antioxidants promote younger looking skin, moisturizes skin
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Matcha Ice Cubs
If green tea ice cubes are Tia Mowry’s secret to naturally beautiful skin, hand us the ice tray! The actress admits, “The trick is to melt one ice cube over your face in the morning — by rubbing it around like you’re giving yourself a facial. People are always complimenting me on my skin and that’s basically all I do.” Who ever said your journey to beautiful skin had to be difficult and boring? This will spice up your morning and daily skin routine better than ever.
To get started, begin making a glass of matcha tea. Instead of drinking it, pour the hot mixture onto your ice tray and let it settle for a few seconds before popping it in the freezer. By morning, your ice cubes will be frozen solid.
After washing your face as normal, gently rub one matcha ice cube over your face to close your pores before leaving the house. It’s cold, we know! But this will wake you up even better than your alarm clock. Say goodbye to those sad, baggy eyes! Your boss will be impressed with your energetic morning energy and who knows, you might get a promotion! You can thank us later.
Benefits: minimizes pores pores, even skin tone, healthy radiance, stimulates cell regeneration, UV protection
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After you’ve mastered those simple matcha recipes, take it a step further and incorporate matcha into your favorite homemade foods. The more the merrier!