The Newest Natural Anti-Aging Ingredient You Need to Know About

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In the fight against aging and dull skin, we’re always on the lookout for the next best ingredient to help us turn back the clock, but there’s something extra exciting when a natural ingredient gains traction for its ability to seriously enhance and defend skin sans any lab-derived “enhancements.” The latest ingredient to keep your eye on? Matcha, a finely milled green tea made from the entire leaf that’s chock-full of natural antioxidants and minerals that boosts your skin’s radiance and resilience to ward off environmental aggressors in no time. “Free radicals try to damage your healthy skin cells internally and externally,” explains celebrity aesthetician Jillian Wright. “Some culprits include excessive sugar, alcohol and salt intake, sun, pollution and the elements (to name a few)! Matcha green tea is a super antioxidant that not only has internal and external benefits, but also keeps skin vibrant and buoyant.” Here, our top matcha-infused picks to keep on your vanity all year long.

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H2O+ Beauty AQUADEFENCE Protective Match Moisturizer SPF 40 ($44)

This protective hydrator shields against sun exposure, environmental pollutants and moisture loss—it also contains rice bran extracts, in addition to matcha, which is rich in vitamin E to soften and moisturize skin—with the smallest pump, making it your new morning go-to. 

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Captain Blankenship Mermaid Detox Face Mask ($30)

Organic seaweeds, plants, teas and clays combine in one luxe glass jar to deliver some much-needed TLC to skin in this mineral-rich mask that won’t disrupt even easily disturbed skin types. Though the name highlights detoxing, the mask does so much more, as matcha works to fight inflammation, nettle powder (a natural astringent) and French green clay draw out impurities, bust breakouts and help firm skin. 

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100% Pure Emulsion Tonique ($45)

Brimming with age-defying matcha and seaweed plus hydrating hyaluronic acid and meadowfoam and rose hip oils, this rich toning essential covers all the bases of anti-aging skin care and then some. Use it after cleansing and before your usual serum/moisturizing routine.

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Mahalo Skin Care The Unveil Melt Concentrate ($70)

This multitasking must-have acts as a nourishing balm, makeup remover and oil cleanser in one as a silky blend of therapeutic oils (think lemon, ginger, peppercorn and cardamom), butters, and of course, matcha, purify skin of makeup, dead skin cells and environmental pollutants for a deep clean and relaxing end-of-day ritual. 

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Jillian Wright Signature Glow Mask ($50)

With a formula as beautiful as the packaging it’s housed in, this 100-percent natural face and body mask is sure to be a favorite once you try it. Combine the powdered mask—it features French pink clay, lavender, chamomile, matcha and pearl—with either purified water, avocado, honey, banana or yogurt (you can also use the line’s Elixirs) to create a paste before applying it to your face and/or body until dried. 

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Skin Owl Matcha Beauty Bar ($24)

A refreshing way to cleanse skin, this antioxidant-filled, anti-bacterial bar is designed to be gently lathered onto the face and then massaged in with your fingertips for the best results. Plus, your senses will be invigorated with the energizing botanical scent as you cleanse—perfect for a morning pick-me-up.

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Little Barn Apothecary Hydrating Butter Balm ($12)

These simple, do-it-all salves were created as lip balms but have since been used to heal dried cuticles, cracked skin or anywhere you feel skin needs a little love while adding a dose of an addictive scent, and a blend of matcha, sweet almond oil and vitamin E, of course.

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PLANT Matcha Antioxidant Face Mask ($24)

This powdered, create-it-yourself mask is the perfect pick for a spa day at home. Reach for it to purify skin (thanks to white clay and fair trade matcha) and soothe both your complexion and mind with help from the organic essential oil of chamomile. If you’re reluctant about what you apply to your face, this is the mask for you—it only contains these three ingredients!

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