Matcha, is a delicious beverage known for its amazing health benefits from boosting energy to protection against a multitude of health problems, and now beauty superpowers? Let us break it down for you and separate the science-backed facts from fiction. So, here goes…. does drinking matcha help your skin?
To answer this question, let us begin by understanding the skin supporting functions of the many interesting compounds found in our favourite green drink!
Antioxidants: Fighting the Aging Process
What are antioxidants you may ask? The short answer is that they are useful compounds that help fight free radicals – dangerous elements that damage our bodies and health.
Sounds like something you would want to have more of, doesn’t it? Here is some good news! Matcha is well-known to have some of the highest antioxidant levels amongst even most antioxidant-rich foods – yes even goji berries, blueberries and dark chocolate do not compare!
So, how does it help your skin? Left unattended, free radicals in our bodies damage our DNA, resulting in various parts of our bodies aging rapidly – this includes our skin! Fortunately, antioxidants can help in the fight against free radicals, and inadvertently slow down this aging process. Hurray!
EGCG: A Super Compound for The Skin
Matcha contains one of the highest proportions of a particular polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, also known as its more common acronym, EGCG. Why do we care?
EGCG exerts anti-oxidant effects but its power goes far beyond this. Because of this, it has been getting a lot of attention from scientists thanks to its wealth of health benefits – from helping in weight loss to preventing heart diseases.
How about skin benefits then? Studies show that EGCG also has incredible effects on the skin such as skin hydration, reduced wrinkle formation, improved rejuvenation of skin cells and skin structure, amongst many others.
Now that sounds like a beauty superfood to us! Especially given the quantity of EGCG that Matcha contains. It means that a single dose of Matcha Tea powder gives you a functional quantity of EGCG.
*Typed as I reach for my freshly whisked frothy matcha tea
L-Theanine: Reduces Stress and Anxiety
That is not all! Amongst the wealth of health-boosting compounds, matcha is also rich in L-Theanine, a compound that helps to improve brain functions as well as works well in mitigating stress and anxiety.
And how is a stress-reducing compound related to skin health?
If you have ever thought that your skin tends to break out more often when you are feeling stressed, you are on the right track. Studies show that acne symptoms correlate highly with higher stress levels.
Want blemish-free skin? Keeping your stress levels down will help! And that is how the L-Theanine compound in matcha can help with good clear skin indirectly.
Chlorophyll: Protection from Sun Damage
Bet you did not know that the green pigment that gives your matcha its distinctive colour also has an incredible skin benefit – shielding our skin from sun damage and photo-aging.
A study of women aged 40 – 65 showed that matcha drinkers experienced increased blood circulation and oxygenation to their skin as well as protection against harmful UV radiation. A drink that doubles up as SPF? Sounds like something right up our alley!
And we are not even done yet! There are still plenty of vitamins found in matcha that provide a whole host of benefits for your skin, which include:
- Vitamin K – promotes good blood circulation.
- Plus Vitamin B2 – helps promote collagen levels for better skin texture.
- and Vitamin E – boosts cell rejuvenation and hydration for supple skin
So, Does Drinking Matcha Help Your Skin?
This answer is short, sweet and backed by science. Yes, drinking matcha helps your skin. The combination of antioxidants, polyphenols (more specifically EGCG), chlorophyll combined with the vitamins and minerals make this a beauty must have. Beauty really does come from within.
If you have made it this far you must be excited to include Matcha in your beauty regime.
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