Over the last several years matcha has been growing in popularity across the world, specifically in the US. When you think of matcha the amazing benefits of a crash-free energy boost often come to mind. This benefit alone is even catching the attention of die-hard coffee lovers enticing them to switch up their morning drink. Matcha is packed full of amazing overall health benefits for our body – which you can check out in our recent blog post.* This means that when paired with our vegan collagen-boosting botanicals, it works wonders for your hair and nails.* Matcha’s magical powers, however, don’t stop there. This bright and totally delicious green powder is also reaping in benefits for our skin.* Around here we like to say eat your skincare, and with just a cup a day of this potently rich superfood your skin will have the extra support and nutrients it needs – because skincare isn’t just about fancy face washes and moisturizers. It’s about how we nourish ourselves and choose to feel good on a daily basis.
What is matcha?
Matcha is different than any other green tea you’ve had. It’s made by taking whole green tea leaves and grinding them into a bright powder that, when combined with hot water, allows you to consume the tea in its whole form. Its origins date back to the 15th century when it was the primary drinking tea in traditional Chinese and Japanese cultures. The green tea plants used for matcha are traditionally grown in the shade for up to four weeks where the leaves are able to develop the natural caffeine that even many die-hard coffee lovers are starting to sip on. Farmers are able to increase the chlorophyll levels in the leaves by depriving the leaves of their normal sunlight levels. That’s how they create a vibrant green which makes for a rich and flavorful tea. Only the finest and most mature leaves are chosen for the matcha before being laid out flat to dry. The leaves are then de-veined, de-stemmed, and stone-ground into a beautiful and bright green tea powder known as matcha.
The difference between matcha and green tea
What makes matcha so incredible is that matcha is consumed in its whole leaf form whereas traditional tea is only consumed after steeping the leaves it in water and discarding them. This, along with its special methods of cultivation, is why it boasts more flavor and antioxidants than any other type of tea. Matcha is also far less processed than regular tea as it is never heated or grown in full sunlight. The process of making matcha allows for its natural nutrients to be preserved and for them to be consumed at their most potent level.
Matcha is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods that exist and is said to have nearly 14 times more antioxidants than blueberries, 6 times more than dark chocolate, and 12 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.* And that’s just in one teaspoon!
Antioxidants are essential to our body's health for their role in fighting against free radicals. Free radicals consist of toxic chemicals that, because of their chemical instability, can be very harmful to our bodies. They, in moderation, are normal and necessary to our body's repairing process. * It’s when we’re exposed to high amounts of free radicals that do the most damage to our bodies such as damaging our DNA and speeding up the skins aging process.
Matcha contains 137 times more EGCG which is an antioxidant found in regular green tea. EGCG has been researched and linked to encourage healthy metabolism and improve signs of aging.* This antioxidant fights against DNA damage done from UV rays which in turn combat signs of aging skin.
It eases stress
Matcha is also rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that works to promote strong brain function, concentration, and increased calm without the nervous energy or jitters.* L-Theanine can also work to reduce anxiety because of the high and raw amounts that are found in matcha.* Anxiety and stress are among the number one culprits to those pesky pimples. Supplementing your diet with foods, like matcha that works to reduce these hormones can greatly improve the way your body reacts to them, helping your skin keep pimples at bay.*
Matcha contains essential vitamin’s
Green tea is packed with Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E, both incredibly essential for maintaining healthy skin. B2 plays an essential role in balancing collagen levels which improve skin texture and firmness.* Vitamin E encourages cell growth and enforces hydrated and nourished skin.
Its green pigment even serves a purpose
Matcha contains high levels of chlorophyll, a green pigment found in the plant that promotes clear and healthy skin, hair, and joints.*
What matcha tastes like
Matcha, because it is consumed as a whole leaf green tea, has a wonderful boldness and richness of flavor that steeped green tea does not achieve. It’s been described as being decadent, creamy, full-bodied, earthy, and sometimes slightly sweet. Our creamy and delicious plant-based Matcha Collagen Powder delivers on all these flavors and works with the coconut and collagen-boosting plant botanicals to enhance matcha’s natural skin-boosting properties.* All of our vegan collagen boost blends are formulated with herbalist-approved botanicals like tremella mushroom extract, amla berry, bamboo leaf extract, grape seed
extract, and hyaluronic acid. Each serving works to promote collagen synthesis and skin hydration for healthier hair, skin, joints, and nails.* Here’s the thing: you don’t have to consume animal by-products to achieve glowing skin and hair! Our Matcha Collagen Beauty powder is always vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free.*
How to make and prepare matcha
MIX WITH HOT WATER
We always recommend vigorously mixing matcha beauty in hot water to enhance the sweet and aromatic flavors and also ensures that the powder fully dissolves.
COMBINE WITH A BLENDER OR HAND FROTHER
Copina Co. Matcha Beauty Collagen Powder is formulated with herbalist-approved plant-based botanicals like coconut, tremella mushroom, and hyaluronic acid and works best when blended with a hand rother or blender.*
STORE MATCHA IN A COOL AND DRY PLACE
If matcha is your daily go-to like it is for us, we recommend storing it in a cool and dry place. Matcha, when exposed to prolonged heat or humidity, can become hard to dissolve and lose its beautiful bright green color and creamy flavor.
MIX WITH HOT WATER
We always recommend mixing matcha in hot water to enhances the sweet and aromatic flavor and also ensures the powder fully dissolves.
Our favorite ways to prepare matcha
Iced, with other anti-inflammatory and skin-boosting benefits: Iced Turmeric Latte
With a sweet and refreshing layer of crushed fresh strawberries: Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte
In a gluten-free and vegan muffin recipe that’s perfect for breakfast or on the go: Matcha Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Easy and simple for those busy mornings and afternoons: Easy Cold Brew Matcha
For a quick and beauty-boosting make-ahead breakfast Matcha Beauty Overnight Oats
With some more greens in a simple and beauty-boosting breakfast: Matcha Banana Pancakes
In a raw, vegan, and gluten-free on-the-go snack: Matcha Beauty Lemon Energy Balls
In a trendy and totally decadent vegan drink: Vegan Whipped Collagen Matcha Dalgona
In a creamy and refreshing plant-based energy smoothie: Matcha Tahini Smoothie Bowl
Have more questions about matcha or interested in learning more about what it tastes like? Check out our latest blog posts where we’re sharing more on this trendy and nutritious powder.
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