“Unlike traditional green tea extract, matcha is a powder created from the leaves of the green tea plant itself. Matcha is thought to have much more potent antioxidant activity as compared to green tea,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist and director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research for the Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital, tells Clean Plates. “It contains EGCG, a potent catechin antioxidant that helps protect the skin against free-radical damage. It also is a useful ingredient in brightening the skin and supporting healthy collagen production.”
Plus, since it’s a powder, matcha mixes easily into DIY masks and scrubs. Here’s a recipe for a mask using matcha and just a few always-in-your-pantry ingredients, to get you looking fresh and gorgeous in a green flash, any time.