Ice your face, thank us later. Our favorite new beauty hack, icing the face with green tea ice cubes, is as simple as can be — and absolutely ideal for saving face this summer.

We picked up this clever skincare ritual from reiki specialist and natural esthetician, Julie Civiello Polier (her signature ‘shamanic facial’ is the ultimate all-in-one healing treatment and available at some locations of tenoverten). According to Julie this simple habit helps her achieve taut, glowing, clear skin daily.

Green tea is known for its potent antioxidants, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Transformed into ice cubes, the tea is the ultimate ani-inflammatory tool to depuff, tone, increase circulation, and help heal skin flare-ups. Julie recommends using one ice cube wrapped in a washcloth (to avoid a melting mess) and working on the face from the center out. Morning or night, anytime goes.

We took Julie’s ritual to the next level by freezing up Olive & June’s beauty tea that packs in skin-loving herbal ingredients like rosehips, chamomile and horsetail on top of the greens. We also swapped regular ice cube molds for these ice stick molds that create a perfect wand shape for skin icing! Another alternative? Try these gorgeous aloe mint ice cubes, meant for summer drinks, but great for skin icing too. This clever skincare ritual is perfect for summer when we want our skin to be as naked and glowy as possible. Here’s how to make it work… 

How To Use Green Tea Ice Cubes


1 – 2 bags organic green tea
purified water
ice tray (we love these stick-shaped ice molds – they’re meant for bottled water, but work like a skincare wand in this case!)


Brew a cup of strong green tea with purified water. After the tea has cooled, pour the tea into an ice tray and freeze until solid.

Morning or night, pull out an ice cube or stick and wrap in a washcloth to deal with the melt.
Take it easy for 5-10 minutes and gently rub the green tea ice cube across face, working outward and upward.

Use as part of your weekly skincare rituals or whip up a batch of cubes for special occasions in which you know your skin will need the support!

Try these rainbow ice cubes – perfect for summer entertaining.

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