Having worked in the beauty industry, Peony's interest in skincare peaked. She loves discussing about K-beauty and science-based skincare.
Why Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea has long been one of Asia’s favorite natural beauty foods, and quite rightly so. 1 Green Tea has cancer-preventive qualities all thanks to the abundance of polyphenols (a type of antioxidant), and it is anti-inflammatory. The benefits of matcha green tea can be reaped when taken both orally or topically. Learn some ways in which you can incorporate it in your beauty routine.
Is Matcha the Same as Green Tea?
Sometimes you hear people say "green tea," while others say "matcha," but they sort of seem to be referring to the same thing. So are they the same thing? And what exactly are they? Matcha basically means finely grounded green tea leaves.
So when you are looking at the beverage section of a menu, you would now know that matcha tea would mean tea brewed from milled green tea leaves (powder), while green tea would generally mean they are brewed with green tea leaves.
- Matcha Tea: Emerald in color
- Green Tea: Honey/Golden in color
Studies have actually shown that if you are drinking green tea for health benefits, you are much better off drinking matcha as opposed to green tea brewed from loose leaves. The reason is that with green tea you are ingesting the diluted essence of the green tea leaves, while with matcha tea, you are essentially consuming the actual leaves.
Things to Note
- Matcha tea should typically be consumed within 30 days—this is its’ freshness period. However, proper storage (i.e. keeping it in an air-tight container at a cool, dry environment or freezer) will lengthen its lifespan considerably.
- Green tea, in general, has an approximate caffeine level of 20mg. That means it is lower than Oolong tea, black tea, Coffee, and Coke.
- The benefits of 1 cup of matcha tea = 10 cups of green tea!
Matcha Mask Recipes
Matcha can be used in various types of masks to pamper your face. These masks can be an amazing way to enhance your complexion and contains antioxidant properties that rejuvenates your skin.
Just try out these simple mask recipes and you will have glowing, radiant skin in no time, all at your convenience.
Result: soothes, hydrates, and cleanses.
Matcha powder (3)
Mix ingredients thoroughly in a clean bowl and spread over face. Leave on for at least 15-20 mins, rinse.
Matcha Sheet Mask
Result: invigorates, brightens
- Matcha powder (1)
- Distilled water (3)
- Cotton sheet mask (I recommend compressed sheet masks that come in a tab.)
Dissolve the matcha powder in distilled water and soak your sheet mask in it. Wring out excess liquid (not too much, just so it doesn't dribble down your face) and mask. Leave on for at least 15–20 mins, remove the mask and pat residual liquid instead of rinsing.
Matcha Exfoliating Mask
Result: deep cleansing, gentle exfoliation, moisturizing
- Matcha powder (3)
- Distilled water (1.5)
- Honey (1)
Mix the ingredients into a paste and leave on face for at least 15–20 mins, after which, gently massage the paste on your face and rinse.
More Matcha Green Tea Recipes
Here are a few more recipes that can benefit your skin in the long run, as they can be used on a daily basis.
Green Tea Toner
Result: soothing, refreshing, sun-protection
- Matcha powder (1)
- Distilled water (6)
Dissolve matcha powder in distilled water and store in a (preferably) glass bottle. Refrigerate when not in use. It's best to mix up these up fresh, as you use them.
Matcha Facial Rinse
- Matcha powder (1 tsp)
- Distilled water (2 cups)
Dissolve matcha powder in distilled water and rinse your face with it. Pat dry.
1. Katiyar, S. K., Skin protection by green tea: antioxidant and immunomodulatory effects. Curr Drug Targets Immune Endorc Metabol Discor. 2003 3:234-42
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Peony
Mida on January 09, 2017:
Hi can you please clarify the matcha tea toner recipe for me ? How much matcha powder and how much water and what are the steps ? Does the water have to be hot or room temp? What's the shelf life for this toner ? Can I mix other ingredients with this toner such as essential oil drops or other herbs ? Can you also explain about the green tea steam option ? Can I mix matcha or loose green tea with water and add it to my steamer machine to use ?
Peony (author) on July 10, 2012:
@ diplorging - Thanks for reading (: Yes, Matcha Tea is not only beneficial to our skin but has also been linked to increased life expectancy and longevity.
diplorging from Serbia on July 10, 2012:
Thanks for sharing this. I have neverd hear for Matcha earlier, and I liked your explanation