Let us explain how matcha can matcha benefit your inner and outer beauty!
Matcha: the (not so) new health trend you may have seen splashed across your social feed, or the new addition to your corner shop menu. Matcha is the hot topic in the health and beauty world and has started pushing its way to the mainstream. We’re so happy to say that this is no fad with an expiration date! Matcha has been around for centuries and exudes loads of health and wellbeing benefits!
Matcha is a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves. The shaded conditions load the plant up with theanine (calming amino acid) and caffeine. The unique combination of the two are the ones to thank for the calming yet energetic sensation you may feel when consuming it. It is for this reason that many people are starting to opt for Matcha over a coffee as it eliminates the shakes and other bad stuff you get when drinking too much coffee. Traditionally celebrated in tea ceremonies in Japan and China by the Zen Buddhists as an excuse to relax, focus and celebrate life's simple things, it is now commonly known for the health and wellbeing benefits, and modern society is dipping its toes into Matcha anyway it can!
Matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols and EGCG, which research has linked to the protection and against heart disease, inflammation, blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and even boosting metabolism and prolonging the signs of anti-ageing. The even better part is, as you would consume the actual leaf as opposed to the watered down teabag version of a normal green tea, you will be reaping the highest possible rewards and benefits of this historical tea! Not to mention it’s actually super tasty! Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than green tea!
Here are some ways you can use Matcha topically and internally to boost your glow from the inside out.
Matcha Face Mask
This mask is great for hydration and detoxifying skin from all the day to day nasties that land inside our pores. Honey and coconut oil will lock in hydration while providing the skin with a healthy and youthful glow. The Matcha will keep the skin clean and get rid of inflammation. It will also work as a natural gentle exfoliant, ridding the skin of dead skin cells.
- 1 tablespoon of Matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon of honey OR natural yoghurt if you prefer
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Mix all ingredients together and apply to your face. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes and take off with a warm wash cloth. Enjoy soft and supple skin!
Iced Green Tea Frappuccino
A quick recipe to whip up in the morning or afternoon when you need that extra pick-me-up. The Matcha powder will give you a new found energy without the shakes that coffee can give you and will make you feel good from the inside out. The Vida Glow Blueberry Collagen will add a delicious fruity flavour and work cohesively with the Matcha powder to encourage youthfulness and a healthy body!
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups ice
- 2 teaspoons Matcha green tea powder
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 serving of the Vida glow Blueberry Collagen
Blend all ingredients together until smooth & enjoy!