Could matcha tea be the ingredient you are missing for wellness and beauty? The ingredient, long known for its tonic properties, is an integral part of Japanese culture. With the new trend of beauty-meets-wellness, matcha has gained a foothold in new care regimens, as its biological properties find their niche in wellness care, as well as beauty products. Sunday Riley has taken notice of those trends, exploring the potential of matcha.
Matcha green tea has its greatest strength with tonic and antimicrobial properties, easily becoming incorporated in effective treatments for skin and hair. Dullness, breakouts, as well as weak hair and dandruff, are common problems that Sunday Riley seeks to tackle through innovative use of matcha tea ingredients like Sunday Riley’s Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner, which uses the green tea extracts to sooth and diminish the look of redness for a calm soothing complexion.
Matcha tea is unusual in its delivery as a drink. Instead of using tea packs, matcha is a bright green powder, mixed into a foamy warm drink with a high caffeine content. The matcha drink is also rich in antioxidants and bioflavonoids.
“Matcha tea is equal to about 10 cups of regularly brewed tea,” says Alissia Zenhausern, N.M.D., a naturopathic physician at NMD Wellness of Scottsdale. “The reason why matcha has grown in popularity is because of its super antioxidant EGCG (a type of catechin) capabilities,” she says. “The antioxidant capacity of matcha is 137 times more powerful than regularly brewed green tea.”
As a drink, matcha green tea can, over time, bring about health benefits. The only precaution is to avoid drinking pre-made, sugary mixtures containing matcha, as they would offset the medicinal properties. Excessive caffeine from matcha consumption is to be avoided for optimal benefits.
Superfoods do not end with matcha, however. Avocado, the trending fruit, has become the object of fascination as a beauty product. Avocado has made its name as a natural, delicious, cruelty-free ingredients for salad and as toast topping, and packed with vitamins ideal for the latest trends in the beauty industry. Sunday Riley incorporated this superfood in their cosmetic line with the Luna Sleeping Night Oil, an overnight treatment oil that combines retinol with cold-pressed extracts of avocado, chia, and grape seed to leave skin softer, smoother, and brighter.
“Skincare has been taking a trend towards going more ‘natural’ and more ‘green.’ Avocado hits both those criteria,” says ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellow Amanda Suggs, M.D.
Avocado has been used for centuries for the beneficial oils contained in the fruit and the pit. Cold-pressed avocado oil rivals other base oils for the cosmetic industry. Avocado oil is seen as a quality source of hydration, and as a superfood, it may deliver antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients.
“[The] essential fatty acids in avocado help restore moisture to the skin,” says Suggs. “This is very beneficial for dry skin, which, is extremely common this time of year.”
Speaking of oils, another superfood that works wonders for the entire body are seed oils. Just like your favorite green juice, skin care ingredients can be cold-pressed and unrefined. What you put on your skin is as important as what you eat. Sunday Riley has recognized the importance of putting only the purest ingredients and oils on your skin with Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil, a dry-oil blend that promotes a radiant glow.
Using cold-pressed oils is an additional step that ensures the maximum results from skin care products. This process compacts seeds and plants between two plates, which releases their natural oil. On the other hand, applying heat to the seeds as they are being pressed can produce more oil, but also, it can break the nutritional content and the aroma.
Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil is formulated with a botanically active blend of cold-pressed seed oils that nourish skin with antioxidants, vitamins, essential amino acids, omegas 3, 6, and 9. From restoring skin’s natural moisture barrier to providing natural UV protection, cold-pressed seed oils such as cranberry, red raspberry, pomegranate, blueberry and chardonnay grape seed oils are packed with antioxidants that protect skin from free radicals.
But that’s not all. Argan oil, also present in Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil, helps to improve elasticity while black cumin seed oil repairs and soothes. Argan oil is very special as it’s not too heavy and not too light either. The oil is filled with omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and linoleic acids. These healthy ingredients help soften dry patches and can even reduce acne.
Matcha, avocado and cold-pressed seed oils flow with the philosophy of Sunday Riley for a modern, effective, yet green cosmetic experience. But the connection between beauty, wellness, and proper diet does not end here. Probiotics are another area where modern exploration has discovered promising connections between naturally occurring ingredients and effective wellness and skincare.
Going beyond direct skincare products, the health of a person’s microbiome, the beneficial bacteria contained within the gut, can have an effect on overall health. For this reason, probiotics are at the center of attention for nutritionists, gastroenterologists, but also dermatologists. Probiotics, or the body’s mechanism of building a store of beneficial bacteria, hold promise for improved health in many areas.
“About 60 to 80 percent of our immune system lives in our gut, and imbalances in the gut’s microbiome (which is primarily made up of bacteria) can lead to digestive issues, feelings of fatigue to depression, thyroid dysfunction, autoimmunity, and a host of skin issues,” says Niket Sonpal, M.D., F.A.C.P., assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Delivering healthy probiotics can happen in multiple, very convenient ways. Supplements offering high-count, live bacteria, directly influence the microbiome. Experts recommend cycling through supplements to achieve a diverse, healthy gut microbiome, which is also resistant to unhealthy bacteria. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria help boost gut health, displacing unhealthy strains. But a more holistic approach can also be taken, using natural fermented foods as a way to increase good bacteria count and the diversity of the microbiome.
A healthy bacterial environment means the body is able to utilize food in the best way, with enough enzymes to aid digestion, as well as the production of vitamins essential to health and vitality.
The mix between beauty and wellness lies at the heart of Sunday Riley’s approach, which takes into account the body’s cellular workings for visible, optimal results.