It's green, it's mean and boy does it work hard. Matcha is the buzzword in coffee shops and on beauty shelves alike, but what does it do and is it really worth the hype?

What is matcha?

Matcha is a form of green tea, the finest kind comes from Japan where it has been grown for centuries. The reason everyone loves it in a brew, s although it does contain some caffeine; it contains much less than black tea or coffee - making it a cleaner option than your ordinary caffeine fix.

What are the health benefits of matcha?

Matcha is bursting with catechins, making it naturally high in antioxidants which is always a good thing for the body and skin, to rid the body of toxins.

As it doesn't contain as much caffeine as it's stronger counterparts you can also expect to have a bit more energy after your matcha hit, instead of feeling jittery and potentially caffeine crashing.

As we know already, green tea is good for the skin, helping to reduce inflammation and improving your overall complexion.

Many people have also reported that matcha has aided them on their weight loss journeys. So apparently there's nothing matcha can't do.

Check out the top products worth investing in, in our roundup below.

Top matcha products for 2020

Mighty Matcha Tea Organic Tea Powder

For all of your matcha needs in the kitchen, this organic tea powder from Mighty Matcha is a good option. It's heavily praised on Amazon for it's smooth and non bitter taste.

Whether it's to make tea, your favourite lattes, milkshakes or even brownies; this multi functional powder is good for it all. 

Price: £7.99, Amazon - buy here now    

Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask

Indulge in a little bit of relaxation, whilst offering a full detox for skin that is need of a little bit of TLC.

The Pollution Clearing Mask is enriched with matcha green tea from Japan (so only the finest), as well as dandelion extract and fair trade aloe vera.

It's vegan friendly and leaves skin feeling deeply cleansed and purified.

Price: £18, The Body Shop - buy here now

Physicians Formula The Perfect Match 3-in-1 Beauty Water

If you're conscious about what's going onto your skin (as we all should be) this cleansing water from Physicians Formula is free from all of the nasties and boasts multi purposes.

The water can be used to tone and hydrate the skin, as well as removing and even setting your makeup.

It's enriched with a a host of anti-oxidants including matcha green tea, bamboo shoot, and lotus extract.

Price: £13.95, Beauty Bay - buy here now    

Briogeo Besties Apple, Matcha + Kale Clean Hair Discovery Kit

If you're hair is in need of nourishing, repairing and replenishing, Briogeo’s Besties Apple, Matcha + Kale Clean Hair Discovery Kit boasts all of the essentials needed to revive hair and bring it back to a healthy and naturally shiny state.

Price: £28, Cult Beauty - buy here now    

Best beauty essentials 2020

Swissme Matcha Cacao Protein Balls

These protein balls from Swiss Me are high-fibre and plant-based enriched with vitamins, minerals and live fibres.  

Nourish the body with a plant-based protein blend, compromising of hemp seed, pumpkin seed and pea.

Price: £21.99, Swisseme - buy here now   

Boscia Matcha Magic Super-Antioxidant Mask

Boasting a range of antioxidant rich ingredients, this matcha mask from Boscia is a good idea if you're suffering with dry, lacklustre and stressed skin.

Also enriched is the formula is a combination of willowbark extract  and willow herb, which ensures skin is soothed and free from irritation and pollutant damage.

Price: £36, Revolve - buy here now

St. Ives Matcha Green Tea & Ginger Cleansing Stick

For a deep cleanse that is nourishing and kind to skin, this affordable cleansing stick from St Ives is one to think about for daily use.

The formula compromises of matcha green tea, ginger and organic coconut oil; skin feels invigorated and super smooth.

Price: £9.99, Boots - buy here now

Another cleansing stick well worth keeping on your radar.

This Matcha Toner from milk makeup is great if you suffer with skin that is prone to acne and breakouts. It's 100% vegan, organic and free from the nasty chemicals.

It also has a host of other skin loving ingredients such as kombucha and witch hazel which help to purify skin and keep your complexion nice and balanced.

Price: £25, Cult Beauty - buy here now

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