Believe the hype, you look good. And if you’ve been sipping Third Base since we launched last November you may have been fielding more questions about your beauty routine.
Gone are bags, a puffy face, discolouration and fine lines. Youthful, healthy, glowing skin is what you have and everyone wants in. They have to know what you’ve been doing.
Get to know what’s really going on behind the scenes of your most coveted beauty secret, matcha.
But first, a backstory on skin aging.
Oxidative stress can accelerate aging, including aging of your skin. Oxidative stress comes from free radicals, which form with normal body processes like breathing, and come from external sources, like environmental stress such as sun exposure, pollution, and the blue light from your laptop. They cause damage to cells, accelerating aging of your skin. Antioxidants are what you want to combat that.
Antioxidants bind to free radicals, basically neutralizing them and preventing them from causing a cascade of damaging oxidative stress.
The antioxidants found in copious amounts in green tea, are effective in protecting against symptoms of aging skin, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Because matcha is straight up, ground tea leaves vs. steeped tea leaves, matcha provides you even more antioxidants than brewed green tea. It's been said that one serving of matcha is like drinking 10 cups of green tea in its antioxidant value. This means that sipping on ceremonial grade matcha is an effective approach to prevent symptoms of aging of the skin caused by factors such as environmental stress.1
Green tea contains antioxidants called polyohenols, specifically, catechins. Catechins are powerful antioxidants that are effective in helping reduce skin inflammation. They have anti-inflammatory properties that can protect skin from oxidative stress and damage.2
Translate please. That means matcha can protect against aging effects caused by inflammation, helping to cut back on past damage and help to prevent new damage from occurring.
We’re not saying one cup of green tea is going to absolve you from your sun worshiping sins but the more foods with anti-inflammatory properties you consume, the more you’ll be able to decrease the symptoms of inflammation showing up on your skin (we’re talking bags, puffy face, discolouration).
That’s beauty in real life. No filter, just matcha.
- Masaki, H. (2010, May). Role of antioxidants in the skin: Anti-aging effects. Retrieved April 08, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20399614
- Katiyar, S. K., Ahmad, N., & Mukhtar, H. (2000, August). Green tea and skin. Retrieved April 08, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10926734