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Matcha is the latest superfood drink. Consuming this form of green tea is good for you, inside and out. And matcha benefits the complexion in big ways when used topically, too.

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Before you run to the pantry to make your own face mask, let’s take a peek behind the scenes of this healthy ingredient and find out why experts are so keen on using it.

At first glance, matcha looks like a thicker, creamier version of your standard green tea. So what’s the big deal?

Typically when we drink green tea it’s by steeping the leaves in hot water. Matcha is green tea where the green tea leaves are pulverized, so you are actually consuming the whole leaves, not just the water they’ve soaked in.

Any health guru or nutritionist worth their salt will tell you that green tea is an excellent addition a healthy diet. The main reason being its massive amount of catechins, powerful antioxidants that wrangle free radicals before they can do damage to skin, and cause premature aging and disease. And since matcha is a highly concentrated form of green tea, a study by Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs found that it contains three times the antioxidant power of regular green tea.

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