Drink Pretty: Teas With Beauty Benefits


It’s that time of year again, when your New Year’s health resolutions have grown stale and thus deemed too ambitious to see through till the end of 2014. Committing to a vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, flexitarian, paleo, low-salt, only-salt diet might not have been the best choice to begin with, anyway. And eliminating coffee has probably made you far less productive (not to mention far less friendly). I'm with you. But you make resolutions for reasons. So, as the temptation to return to utter gluttony creeps in, allow me to suggest one antioxidant-rich, detoxifying drink to add to your routine (or swap with a particular highly-caffeinated beverage), to help you get back on your health kick before you completely abandon ship: tea.

You see, tea can be relaxing, metabolically stimulating, detoxifying, and as a result, make you more beautiful. Working to hydrate your skin by starting from within, the options below not only taste good, but also require you to reserve at least a few minutes of zen time for yourself. Pinkies up to sipping away stress and skin impurities.

Time Reverser: The Republic of Tea's Get Gorgeous
When carving out 30 minutes for a face mask may seem like the last thing you have time for, this tea's ingredients fight against free radicals, pollutants, and other aging factors, providing you with many of the same benefits as a traditional clay mask without getting your hands dirty. A good option before going to sleep, it's caffeine-free and has a smooth hibiscus flavor.

Detoxifier: Kusmi Tea's BB Detox
Intrigued by the detox juices and diets that seem to get celebrities looking their best, I couldn't wait to try Kusmi Tea’s first-ever BB (Beauty Beverage) Detox tea. Highly concentrated in maté and green tea to ease the removal of extra fluids and accelerate toxin elimination, this tea could be an easy replacement for the more hardcore alternatives. The hint of grapefruit provides a sweet kick to the earthy flavor, and the dandelion root simultaneously supports immune system function and helps to even out your complexion. Work this tea into your daily routine to de-bloat and recover from a killer night out.

Cool, Calm, and Collected: Tea Forte's Cucumber Mint
For the tea virgins out there, I encourage you to begin with this one. Not ready to sip water infused with root extracts and flower petals? A simple mixture of green tea, cucumber, mint, and blueberries offers a crisp and refreshing taste, working in collagen-boosting antioxidants and peace of mind.

Treat(ment): Tea Forte's Cherry Marzipan
Worried about the taste of a tea that claims to have anti-inflammatory, soothing, and nourishing properties? Well, Oprah described this one as “dessert in a mug.” Acerola cherries, toasted almonds, and raspberry leaves combine to create a surprisingly accurate marzipan taste, sure to go down easily.

Refresher: Miyu Mi's De-Stress Beauty Tea
With (sugar) pearls in the teabag, you can channel your inner bougie Marie Antoinette. An unexpectedly invigorating mixture of licorice root, chamomile blossoms, and peppermint, this blend strikes the perfect balance between sweet and minty. After each sip, the peppermint leaves behind a tingling and cooling taste that freshens your breath and leaves you ready to be kissed.

Easy to integrate into your already on-point wellness routine (or maybe you will get there soon…), these drinks work with your body. Slipping a tea bag into at least one of your daily glasses of water will provide you with enough wrinkle-fighting antioxidants and detoxifying botanicals to have you looking and feeling fresher than you did in 2013.

—Jessica Harrison

Jessica is a former ITG intern and is graduating from NYU in May with a major in Global Beauty Marketing. Follow her on Instagram @j3ssicaharris0n and visit her website jessicalharrison.com.

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  • http://www.loveandrea.com/ Janelle Andrea

    The Kusmi Detox tea is amazing! It's my favorite Monday boost.

  • hatesgreentea

    Great to see Lisa Haydon here, she is a true knock out

  • Alyssa Gapske

    I've never heard of these, but I believe them! I drink several cups of mint green tea a day and can always tell that it's doing something!

  • Charlotte Arnoldy

    Sounds good! I love tea:)

  • http://www.MapOfMarsella.com melissa

    i LOVE Tea Forte's Cucumber Mint! I will be sure to try out all these other ones:)

  • M.

    These teas sound delicious, but the claims about beauty benefits are highly dubious. You'd likely have to drink massive quantities to experience any of these claims. These companies aren't putting money into double-blind independent studies, just inflated marketing claims. To each her own, but you're more likely paying for pretty packaging than life-changing ingredients.

  • Simone

    In photo 49, it's not a cup of tea but a yoghurt!! It's also have it's own beauty benefits... ;-)

  • Josef Šlaich

    I just love BB Detox by Kusmi. Tastes and smells great!

  • kathS

    My Chaga tea just came in the mail from amazon, so I will be trying it today. Anyone have any experience with Chaga? Its a mushroom that has the highest known anti-oxidant count....so its gotta be good right?

  • http://www.dreaminlace.com/ DreamInLace

    I'm a big fan of tea myself so this is definitely a good thing to have on try for future tea purchases down the road :)


  • corina

    Love the fun pictures with this article. I'd like to look into the Miyu Mi tea. I would like to recommend BijaBody tea as well: http://www.bijabody.com

  • organicteaforlife

    I always make sure to buy organic tea, as there are usually high levels of pesticide residue in conventional tea (http://www.greenpeace.org/eastasia/Global/eastasia/publications/reports/food-agriculture/2012/Pesticide%20Hidden%20Ingredient%20Report%20Final.pdf), not to mention what is in "lipton style" tea bags. Had a chat with an organic tea merchandiser (I'm aware she's a biased source, but anyway) who told me the truths about what goes into supermarket tea bags. Apparently, it is the cheapest, last scrap of dust which is left over when all the better quality wholesalers have had their share. This dust is then flavored with unspecified aromas that could basically be anything chemical. This means buying non-organic will probably result in having a chemical cocktail anything but beneficial for health.

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    Tea is great for beauty without it being a specialty type too!

  • JM

    I started drinking Yogi's Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea a couple of weeks ago and it's made a big difference in my skin. My skin is clearer and calmer. I drink it every morning :)

  • Nadia

    Love the celebrity tea pics!

    Check out http://www.TheTeatoxCompany.com for other great healthy detoxifying teas!

  • Lizzy

    Yogi Skin Detox tea be still my heart

  • Jen

    Love the picture slideshow with this post. I recently switched my afternoon coffee break for tea and it's really made a difference in my overall mood. There is something about tea that is more calming than coffee even if there is caffeine in it. My current go-to is Yogi's Raspberry Passion Perfect Energy.

    xo, jen

  • http://vanitytalkbeauty.blogspot.com Addison Cain

    I love Miyu's teas!

  • A

    Holy hell, I didn't know one could major in "Global Beauty Marketing". Wow

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  • Amber

    I drink Beautifully Bamboo tea daily because of it's silica content which makes my hair and nails growth stronger. I'm thinking of adding the cucumber mint tea mentioned as part of my rotation because cucumber has sulfur which is also great for hair, skin and nails.


Republic Of Tea
The Republic of Tea Get Gorgeous Red Tea
Kusmi Tea
Kusmi BB Detox Tea
Tea Forte
Tea Forte Cucumber Mint
Tea Forte
Tea Forte Cherry Marzipan
MIYU Beauty De-Stress Mi Beauty Tea