Skin Drink

Photography by: Lisa Shin

Yerba mate tea, made from the leaves of a shrublike South American plant, is packed with healing amino acids and almost as many antioxidants as green tea. And like green tea, it’s becoming a popular ingredient in skincare. According to a 2005 study from the Department of Dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, yerba mate has an anti-inflammatory effect that may help treat skin disorders like psoriasis. It also contains caffeine, which has been touted for its power to decrease puffy skin and even improve the appearance of cellulite. “Caffeine also contributes to the antioxidant effects of yerba mate,” says Valori Treloar, M.D., a dermatologist with a holistic approach based in Newton, Mass., and coauthor of The Clear Skin Diet (Cumberland House, 2007). Tap into the power of this plant with these yerba-infused products.

TerraNova Organic Oasis Green Coffee and Yerba Mate Stimulating Body Scrub ($17;

Save Your Skin Organic Aloe and Yerba Mate Rainforest Shower Gel ($14;

Kiehl’s Yerba Mate Tea Lotion ($45;

Jóia Botanicals Yerba Mate Brazil Nut Lemongrass Invigorating Soap ($5;