For most, coffee is their morning go-to and many can’t imagine starting their day (or fueling through it) without it. However, what if we told you there is an alternative that gives you the same boost of energy with so many more healthy perks, including a glowing complexion?
Well there is, and as someone who recently weaned off a daily (and beloved) Nespresso, opting for homemade Matcha Latte, I can attest to the benefits. When choosing your matcha be sure to look for brands that offer Japanese tea ceremony grade, organic, and tested for lead, mold and other undesirable things you don’t want to be putting into your body.
Two favorites include Matcha Kari or when on-the-go Pique Tea. Matcha is easier on your hormones, doesn’t give you the jitters and, is loaded with antioxidants that will keep your skin looking youthful. So much so that there has been a boom in matcha-infused beauty products.
We had the opportunity to speak with Shiri Sarfati, founder of 23Skin, a Miami-based, DIY natural beauty brand all about matcha’s benefits in beauty products.
“Rich in polyphenols and EGCG, matcha is a super ingredient for skincare to help reduce free-radical damage and keep skin looking youthful,” says Sarfati. “In addition, Matcha contains tannins, which are known to contain astringent properties. Tannins help reduce the appearance of pores while helping to reduce oil-production. So whether you have oily-prone skin or mature skin, matcha is the perfect skincare ingredient.”
Here are some of our magnificent matcha finds:
With just two ingredients, which makes our heart swoon, this DIY mask with organic matcha and kanolin clay not only delivers potent antioxidants, but also makes #selfcaresunday (or any day you take time to yourself) more fun as you get to mix it yourself. We also love that the matcha is slow ground using granite grinders in order to retain maximum potency. Plus, it’s USDA organic, non-gmo verified, gluten free, and responsibly grown. $34.99, 23skin.com
This unique powder-to-foam formula relies on the power of matcha and spirulina to cleanse the skin by removing impurities without compromising the skin’s barrier. The cleanser comes with a scooper and muslin cloth. $58, odacite.com
Packed with matcha, cape lilac extract, niacinamide, and adenosine, this “pudding” like texture cream delivers brightening and firming benefits. $40, peachandlily.com
Not only does this shampoo restore vibrancy to dry, parched, and dull strands, but its formula is infused with antioxidant-rich matcha, which helps to protect against environmental damage. It also has apple, which has natural compounds that support the scalp. $28, briogeo.com