Not Just for Tea: Matcha Is Also the Trendiest Beauty Ingredient
It’s official: We’ve reached peak matcha madness. The buzzy drink has made its rounds from coffee shops (and Instagram feeds) to, now, some of our favorite new beauty products. Packed with chlorophyll and antioxidants, the supercharged ingredient addresses everything from acne to puffy skin. Here are six ways to try the trend (and get clearer skin in the process).
Milk Makeup Matcha Toner
Still on the fence about using toner? We don’t blame you. Earlier versions were extremely drying (think Sea Breeze) and weren’t exactly user friendly (hello, luggage spills). This solid stick makes it easy to get all of the skin-balancing benefits of a traditional toner—without any of the hassle or harshness. Just swipe it over your cheeks and forehead and pat gently until it absorbs.
Milk Makeup ($26)
H2O Plus Aquadefense Matcha Moisturizer SPF 40
Ask any derm worth their salt what the best anti-aging ingredients are and antioxidants are likely to come up. This lightweight face lotion has it in spades (thanks to—you guessed it—matcha extracts). Plus, it has SPF 40 for added protection.
H2O Plus ($44)
Origins Ritualitea Matcha Madness Revitalizing Powder Face Mask
The next time you have a spot brewing on your chin, whip yourself up a matcha mask. All you need to do is add water to the powdery mix. The creamy green concoction quickly calms any inflammation (and makes for a pretty great selfie while you’re waiting for it to work its magic).
DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask
Fact: Curly hair needs more moisture—period. This weekly treatment uses matcha-green-tea butter (um, yum) to hydrate parched strands without weighing them down. All you’re left with is a head full of soft, smooth ringlets and plenty of bounce.
First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Caffeine Matcha Wake Up Wipes
Save your foamy face wash for the evenings. These caffeine-infused wipes are a godsend for groggy mornings (and after workouts). Not only do they feel refreshing on your skin, but they also clear up any red splotches and perk up a sallow complexion.
First Aid Beauty ($15)
Nails Inc Sweet Almonds Powered by Matcha Nail Polish
This UK nail brand is already known for its chic colors and chip-free finish. The fact that it infuses each polish with tons of nourishing ingredients—in this case, sweet almond oil and matcha powder—is just an added bonus. Each mani doubles as a strengthening treatment.
Nails Inc ($14)