The Matcha Journals Part 4

Matcha Benefits for Skin

So it’s been over a month now that I’ve incorporated matcha into my daily routine. The benefits so far have been enormous. Better energy, improved focus, reduced anxiety and just an overall increased sense of well-being. The perks of matcha, I’ve noticed, go beyond what I’m feeling and actually extend to the way I look. Now, I’m not saying my skin was in terrible shape before I started this experiment but I definitely didn’t drink enough water and could do better in terms of fruit and veggie consumption. Also, I’m sure my coffee habit wasn’t doing my skin any favours. So, on most days, my skin looked a little dehydrated and maybe a bit lifeless.  I also have some residual acne scarring from my teenage years (thanks a lot, raging hormones) Like I said, not terrible, but definitely not amazing either.

Matcha, as we all know by now, is chock full of antioxidants AND chlorophyll, which is detoxifying and works as an anti-inflammatory. Both have positive effects on the skin, fighting the effects of stress and environmental pollutants.  Another amazing thing about matcha is the polyphenols it contains can actually help protect the skin against UV damage, perfect for me, since I can’t be bothered to use sunscreen (EVER). It also contains vitamin C, which is essential to collagen production and cell turnover. So, have I noticed any positive improvements to my skin during the last month? Absolutely! Here’s what’s changed: the leftover scarring looks less red and angry and more faded, the overall texture has improved from dry and a little bumpy to fairly smooth and my overall complexion looks healthier and more vibrant. This is just from ingesting matcha internally. There are great ways to incorporate matcha into your skin care routine topically as well, like home-made masks and toners. This has been one of the biggest benefits for me, and also the most surprising! I can’t wait to see what  else continued matcha drinking will bring! 120926_Category Green

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