Most people know that green tea and matcha are good for them but many people don’t really know the difference between the two. Matcha is a finely ground powder, made from green tea leaves which have been specially grown in shady areas. This growing process encourages the plant to produce more theanine and caffeine, which is what gives them their supercharged status.
Matcha is a central focus in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and is also often used to flavour foods such as mochi, soba noodles and green tea ice cream. Obviously we are not here to talk about food, but the good news is that matcha-infused skincare is also really good for you! Here are some products we stock which all harness the power of marvellous matcha to work its magic for your skin.
Macha not only contains a variety of vitamins and minerals but it’s also packed with antioxidants which means it’s great for the skin. This superfood matcha eye dew is specifically formulated to hydrate the eye area and comes in the form of cooling gel which provides immediate hydration. As well as matcha extracts it also contains kiwi and honeydew melon, and a natural prebiotic which helps to maintain the delicate microbiome of your skin. It’s a lightweight gel that absorbs easily and can be worn either under or over make up and reapplied throughout the day for an extra boost.
This sunscreen was formulated by Dermalogica to be specifically used on the face and features only non-nano zinc oxide. It harnesses the power of matcha green tea to fight free radical damage from UV and visible light and also features a bioactive mushroom complex which will soothe the skin and reduce redness and dryness caused by UV rays. The formulation helps to defend against UVA and UVB rays and will even protect your skin from blue light, which is something we all seem to be surrounded by these days. It’s also gluten-free, vegan friendly, cruelty free, and contains no artificial colours and fragrances, so you know that what you are putting on your skin is of the highest quality.
The Elemis Superfood range is all about harnessing the natural benefits of superfood extracts and this day cream has that in spades. As well as containing matcha for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers which will help to calm redness, it also contains goji berry extract, which is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that can help the skins lipid barrier. It also contains ginger oil which, aside from smelling fantastic, has warming and antispasmodic properties which are great for your skin. The cream works with your skin’s natural ecosystem to balance it out and defend against the harsh environment which can be damaging.
This multitasking moisturiser from Dermalogica is a real jack-of-all trades product. As well as providing your skin with broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection from sun damage it also adopts intelligent drone technology which is activated by visible light to boost your skin’s luminosity, leaving your skin with a natural glow. It uses matcha to neutralise free radicals and defend against pollution and a blend of best in class chemical sunscreen such as avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate and octocrylene. It also has sage extract which assists with brightening, soothing and evening out your skin tone.