Matcha may be a buzzy food ingredient as of late, but the green tea powder is also a superstar when it comes to skin care. For starters, it contains chlorophyll, which is both an antioxidant and detoxifier. That means it doubles down by ridding the skin of impurities while also warding off free radicals that can damage cells.
"It is antiaging due to the antioxidants, is brightening, and is good for circulation and oxygenation of the skin cells," explains celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas. She says matcha is also recommended for those with oily or acne-prone skin since it fights infection by killing bacteria.
Vargas and fellow celebrity esthetician Christine Chin shared their favorite DIY skin care recipes that utilize matcha as the star ingredient. (And we tested them so you can see exactly how they're made!)