Matcha is a variety of green tea which differs significantly from others: it’s made from the tips of young green tea plants that have been ‘shade-grown’ before they’re harvested – a process which increases their chlorophyll content, giving matcha its vibrant green colour. It contains unusually high levels of thiamine and caffeine (a result of the high concentration of nutrients settling in the leaves during cultivation). So what are the benefits of matcha tea? Let’s find out…

It’s a great antioxidant

Matcha tea contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins. We’re all familiar with the role of antioxidants, both internally and externally, in fighting off the free radicals that can cause skin damage and premature ageing. As matcha is made from powdered whole green tea leaves (rather than traditional green tea infusions), it is a much more potent source of antioxidants.

It comes in a variety of forms

Traditionally, matcha in its purest form is found in tea, but, these days, you can even find it in lattes and cookies. Looking for something specifically for your skin? A variety of skincare products can be found on the market today which harness the power of matcha tea.

The ‘feel-good’ factor

Caffeine is well-known for its ‘feel-good’ factor, but unlike a coffee kick, matcha has a more sustained energy release. And that doesn't only come from drinking it in tea form – there are some great beauty on the market that deliver the ‘feel-good’ benefits of matcha tea. At the end of the day, feeling great is the best beauty benefit of all.

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