We've witnessed nutritionist after nutritionist commend the antioxidant-filled likes of green tea, especially matcha. In fact, when I went rogue a couple months ago and drank matcha lattes instead of coffee for six days, integrative nutritionist Courtney Swan couldn't stop singing the superfood's magical powers.
"This deep-green powder is made from the leaves of a high-quality shade-grown bush called tencha, which are sheltered from direct sunlight, therefore reducing photosynthesis and slowing down the growth of the plant," Swan explained to me. "Ultimately, this is what creates that signature rich green color and stimulates chlorophyll production to magnify the tea's health benefits and nutrient quality." And by "nutrient quality," we mean body-boosting fares like polyphenols, L-theanine, fiber, potassium, and that aforementioned chlorophyll.
In fact, as Thistle's resident nutritionist, Hayley Vetras, pointed out to me, it's one of the most potently rich superfoods in the world: "Just one cup of matcha green tea provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food, 6.2 times that of goji berries, 7 times that of dark chocolate, 17 times that of blueberries, and 60.5 times that of spinach!"
So, we know it's great for our diets, but what about for our skin? According to a recent article from SheFinds, dermatologists have officially joined the nutritionist-led bandwagon when it comes to team matcha and all of its wonderful perks.
"It can improve inflamed skin, it's good for exfoliation, and protects skin from free radical damage," board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Debra Jaliman told Dermstore. "Matcha also helps rejuvenate skin that lacks oxygen, as a result of sleepless nights, smoking and toxicities in the air." Oh, and apparently, all it takes is as little as one brimming cup a day of the yummy stuff. Not bad, eh?
Because Byrdie HQ believes in blessedly healthy, glowing skin for all, we've rounded up 10 of our favorite matcha-based products (edible or not) that gift lackluster skin with an immediate pick-me-up. Cheers!