Matcha—the superfine powder made from ground-up green tea leaves—is so much more than a dreamy, sea foam alternative to a cup of joe. The silty green compound is jam-packed with powerful antioxidants, specifically catechin polyphenols. "They're like fire extinguishers, putting out inflammation caused by environmental free-radical damage," explains New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. And as you already likely know, antioxidants brighten dark spots, even skin tone, and ward off harmful UV rays. Here, we've rounded up six matcha-spiked skin-care products to energize (and protect) your skin—no matter the time of day.
Matcha beauty products
Matcha beauty products
Pacifica Berry Matcha Face Lotion
The sweet and nostalgic berry scent of this antioxidant-packed moisturizer comes on a little strong—like you're actually at Knott's Berry Farm in high summer—but after a few seconds, the aroma dissipates, leaving you with a smooth, quenched complexion that's shielded from free radicals.
Soak your skin with this super-fine mist made of free radical-fighting matcha green tea extract and moisturizing vitamin E. And although this is a potato chip slogan, we're going to repurpose it here, because it's so apropos: Bet you can't have just one (spritz).
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Caffeine Matcha Wake Up Wipes
While the branding encourages A.M. usage, we've found this set of cleansing cloths is best used after a brutal set of tap backs. Each refreshing wipe is spiked with caffeine to de-puff, aloe leaf juice to soothe, and matcha green tea to protect skin from environmental aggressors—like, smoke, smog, and the aromatic guy on bike 17—once you step outside of the spin studio.
Origins RitualiTea Matcha Madness Revitalizing Powder Face Mask
Six thousand: That's how many tea leaves it took to produce one pound of micro-fine tea powder for this grainy matcha face mask to exist. Crazy, right? But what's even crazier is how soft and smooth it'll leave your skin after just one use—not six thousand.
Don't be deterred by this elixir's strong aroma, which reminds us of Rachael Ray's BFF, EVOO (a.k.a. extra virgin olive oil). The earthy-scented elixir is packed with plumping hyaluronic acid, texture-smoothing niacinamide, and antioxidant matcha. Skin will feel smooth and soft; and your complexion conscience will know it's shielded, too.
If you've got a 60 seconds to spare (that's approximately 1/10 of a full snooze) in the early A.M., why not spend it investing in good skin? After cleansing, simply pour a palm-size puddle of this mask—made of antioxidant-spiked green tea matcha—into hands, add a few drops of water, and gently pat the gritty formula onto your face. After a minute, rinse with cold water. You'll immediately notice a decrease in underlying redness and a soft, subtle glow.