This Refreshing Iced Tea Recipe Is A+ For Glowing Skin & Summer Sippin'
If there's one thing we know for sure, it's that a day off during summer calls for one thing: a refreshing beverage. If you're looking for something that supports your skin from the inside out, you've come to the right place.
We're whipping up an elevated take on a classic iced tea that's packed with antioxidants and skin-boosting supplements, sans added sugar.
How to make a Skin-Supporting Tart Cherry Refresher:
What you'll need:
Chill your green tea.
This step can be done in one of two ways. Either you can find premade green tea and place it in the refrigerator, or you can make your own at home. If you do buy a premade tea, be sure to look for 100% pure tea to avoid unnecessary additives (here's a list of our favorite green teas).
To do it yourself, boil 2 cups of hot water, let it sit for a few minutes, and then steep 2 green tea bags for 3 to 5 minutes depending on how strong you want the flavor.
Once you're done steeping your tea, place it in the fridge to cool down. After about an hour, your tea will be ready to go.
Add cherry juice.
Next, pour 1 cup of tea and ½ cup of tart cherry juice into each glass and stir. If you want a sweeter flavor, feel free to add a bit of honey, agave, or monk fruit sugar.
Both sweet and tart cherries are great for the skin because they're rich in antioxidants. One review study done on these tasty fruits suggests that cherries can promote overall health by preventing or decreasing oxidative stress in the body1.*
Top with collagen cold foam.
Now the final (and most important) step of all: collagen cold foam.
To whip this up, all you need to do is add 2 scoops of the mbg beauty & gut collagen+ powder to your milk of choice and whisk. Then, add a few ice cubes to your tea, and top it off with a dollop of cold foam in each glass.
When used daily, this collagen supplement can promote your skin's natural collagen and elastin production, which can, in turn, support healthy skin aging.* The added hyaluronic acid helps to support moisture levels in the skin leading to a more hydrated, supple feel and appearance.* Those are just a few highlights—here's a full guide to collagen supplementation including benefits, dosage, and more if you're curious.
There's no better way to spend a day off than sitting outside, enjoying the weather, and sipping on a tasty refresher. You can drink this tea in peace, knowing you're getting the ultimate skin-supporting boost thanks to the antioxidants and added collagen supplement.* Green tea has plenty of health benefits beyond much-needed summer refreshment as well—you can read about those here.
Hannah Frye is the Assistant Beauty Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.S. in journalism and a minor in women’s, gender, and queer studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Hannah has written across lifestyle sections including health, wellness, sustainability, personal development, and more. She previously interned for Almost 30, a top-rated health and wellness podcast. In her current role, Hannah reports on the latest beauty trends, holistic skincare approaches, must-have makeup products, and inclusivity in the beauty industry. She currently lives in New York City.