It's obvious that we're obsessed with matcha. Drinking it, using it in protein shakes, baking cookies and cakes, and of course, in our skin care.
We want to talk about what matcha is, and why we chose the highest grade in our product.
History of Matcha Tea
Matcha tea plays an essential role in Japanese tea ceremonies (chanoyu 茶の湯 or sadō, chadō 茶道). These ceremonies are built on the four principles of harmony, purity, tranquility and respect.
What is Matcha Tea
Matcha is green tea powder. But it’s not just any green tea. Matcha comes from the very best, shade-grown green tea leaves that are harvested by hand, dried in the sun, de-veined, de-stemmed – and then gently ground into powder.
Ceremonial grade is the highest matcha grade made from the youngest tea leaves. All stems and veins are removed from the leaves to obtain a very smooth and fine texture.
Culinary grade matcha is also made from young tea leaves, but these are comparatively older than those used for the ceremonial grade. Compared to the ceremonial grade, the culinary grade matcha is not as sweet, therefore it is common to cook and bake with culinary grade.
The Benefit of Matcha Tea for Skin
Green tea has been used as a gentle yet powerful antioxidant that's suitable for all skin types, which makes it a great alternative to potentially sensitive-skin-irritating vitamin C. Matcha has benefits like anti-inflammatory properties plus it is a vitamin-packed powerhouse as a highly concentrated green tea.
Matcha is made from the entire leaf, basically pulverized green tea. It contains catechins, a natural polyphenol, which makes it a powerful antioxidant. The catechins trap and inactivate free radicals in the skin, thus decreasing many of the signs of aging. The powder form is much more concentrated than the liquid form we drink.
As for those skin-beautifying claims? Matcha tea is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent, so it helps treat rosacea and even acne. Applying matcha directly to the skin, like in the form of a mask, is really effective to reduce redness and irritation.
Nature trumps chemicals
At Matcha Obsessed, we are serious about making the most natural matcha skin products. The skincare beauty industry is very unregulated and many products are made of harsh petroleum chemicals and low-quality ingredients (just read the ingredients list of any of sheet mask).
Sourcing all natural products isn't easy, but we will keep our promise and mission to provide the best natural and effective products.