Matcha Tea...Skin-Clearing Magic? July 02 2016, 0 Comments
By Brit Hensel
If you have yet to discover the magic of matcha tea, you are in for a serious skin awakening. Macha is a powerful powder form of green tea. It can be consumed anytime of the day and is a great coffee replacement. Drinking green tea has been shown to decrease sebum in the skin, reduce inflammation levels, and even boost the immune system. If you are suffering from acne, these benefits probably sounds pretty great.
Aside from those positive side-effects, green tea has a magical ingredient that battles acne. Well, it is technically not magic but it’s impact is significant when it comes to fighting acne. EGCG is an antioxidant polyphenol that is known for it’s acne-busting ways. It has a way of evening out hormone levels, especially androgens which have been known to cause the skin pump out excess sebum. Sebum produces too many skin cells in your pores which get stuck together and clog your pores, and it ultimately worsens inflammation.
This incredible antioxidant also helps kill Candida. Candida is an overabundance of yeast in the body. This can cause serious immune issues and also acne. Many people have Candida and simply do not know it. If you have sugar cravings regularly, you may have it. Do not worry though it can be cured with a change in diet. EGCG messes up Candida‘s ability to create and maintain biofilm. Biofilm allows Candida to sequester itself away from your immune system, so disrupting that biofilm is an important attack vector against systemic Candida infections.
On top of all of these benefits, green tea is a major anti-fungal treatment which of course helps with acne and breakouts. Needless to say, matcha tea is a wonderful and natural skin remedy. Here’s a tip, you can also mix a bit of matcha powder with water and spot treat your acne with the paste! Leave it on the skin for 15 minutes or so and wash it off.
There are so many ways to prepare matcha however, this matcha tea latte recipe is extra tasty. You can purchase matcha powder at most health food stores so give it a try and see how much better you feel from the inside out. Here is how to make a matcha latte!
- 1 Cup of Boiling Water
- 1 Cup of Steamed or Warm Almond Milk
- 1 Tbs of Honey or Coconut Nectar
- 1 Tbs of Matcha Powder
- A Pinch of Cinnamon
Bring a cup of water to boil. Once the water is boiling, pour it into your mug. Add the matcha powder and whisk until it is completely dissolved. Add honey and gently stir. Add almond milk and stir. Top your latte with cinnamon to taste. Enjoy daily!