So this blog isn’t going to debate whether coffee or green tea is better for you, I promise! However, we are going to discuss a hyped-up version of green tea that has beauty experts talking!
I’m really getting into this whole free-radical, antioxidant scene. I was writing a FREE eBook for Cheeky Complexion (coming out soon!) the other day about what skincare ingredients we need! Regardless of your skin type, ethnicity & age, skincare ingredients can be broken down into what we like to think of as three main categories…. one is antioxidants… the other two you’ll have to wait for the eBook!
Antioxidants on a basic level help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants. Oxidants are free radicals found in the environment as well as found within our own bodies. When it comes to antioxidants found in skin care, food, liquid & even lab-made, they do their best to protect your skin from free radicals. (Gahhhh I love when we can make skincare simple!!)
With promises to calm redness and help prevent free radicals from overtaking our bods, the latest miracle skincare antioxidant is centuries old but making a comeback! Finely milled green-tea leaves, or matcha! Green tea has long been known as the powerhouse when it comes to antioxidants. However, matcha is telling traditional green tea to move aside because it’s basically a hyped-up version of green tea that provides even more benefits to our aging skin. Matcha is pulverized or ground up green tea, made from the entire leaf. It contains catechins, a type of polyphenol (micronutrient packed with antioxidants), making it into a powerful antioxidant. The catechins help trap and inactivate free radicals in the skin, thus fighting many of the signs of aging.
Green tea & matcha are best known for their anti-inflammatory abilities so if you suffer from acne or even rosacea you may wanna give this a try, in addition to those of us who are aging – which is well, all of us. You can use matcha in three ways:
- Powder form – the strongest way to get your antioxidants
- Liquid form
- Mask form (that uses powder) #CheekysChoice
Mask recipe –
Mix well. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse. Makes 4 masks, leave in refrigerator. Use once a week.
Matcha doesn’t just stop at aging when it comes to its benefits, it also:
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg (another antioxidant badass)
- Helps boost metabolism
- Detoxifies naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the bod
- Is rich in fiber & veta vita vegemens (aka vitamins)
- Enhances mood
- Aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, zinc and magnesium
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
And in case you were wondering how strong matcha is compared to green tea – according to Matcha Source. (image provided by Matcha Source)
I’ll keep sucking down my 2 cups of coffee each morning but I will definitely be adding this to my list of ‘wants’ when it comes to my aging skin. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook – we have even more anti-aging tips & tricks!