Have you heard of skin icing before? It’s basically giving yourself an “ice cube facial”. When my friend told me about it, I wasn’t entirely convinced, but after some research & trialing it out for myself, I’m sold. Apart from all the benefits I’ve listed below, it also gives your face a dewy, glowing look. Keep reading to find out more!
Smoother skin – Skin icing helps tighten and shrink enlarged pores by helping to unclog pores that can appear larger due to debris and excess sebum. Icing tones the face, making it look smoother.
Pore primer – Icing is an inexpensive skin toner and is great to do before applying makeup. It minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores underneath the makeup, helping foundation look smoother and flawless. Ice the face and then apply primer.
Improves circulation – Ice is believed to improve circulation in the skin. Cold constricts the blood vessels so that less blood goes to the surface of the skin (which reduces any inflammation or swelling). The body responds by gradually by sending an increased flow of warm blood to the area.
Relief for puffy eyes – Icing reduces puffiness under the eyes by reducing swelling. I’ve always put ice under my eyes if they’re extra puffy in the morning and it works wonders. Cucumbers work great too!
Wrinkle buster – Skin icing can ease the signs of wrinkles and slow the appearance of new wrinkles.
Blemish control – Ice can help reduce swelling and the redness of pimples. It also soothes irritated skin. Use ice cubes on blemishes at the first sign of a pimple to slow inflammation. This can help reduce the size and number of blemishes. Another bonus of icing acne prone skin is that it actually helps antibacterial agents and topical antibiotics get into the pores.
How & when to use
You can choose to do an ice cube facial as part of your morning or evening routines. I personally prefer doing it in the morning because it’s when my face is at it’s puffiest & it helps me feel refreshed.
How to: Cleanse your face first, then wrap one or two ice cubes in a soft washcloth, gauze or other soft cloth. When the ice begins to melt and the cloth is damp, apply to the face. Hold over different areas for 1-2 minutes and move it around gently with circular movements. Take special care under the eyes! Then you can apply your toner, moisturisers, oils, etc.
Primp your ice cubes
For additional skin benefits, you can infuse the water for the ice cubes with lemon, rosewater, green tea, cucumber, chamomile tea, and other skin-loving ingredients depending on your skin care needs. They helps moisturise the skin at the same time.
So… thoughts?! Have you tried an ice cube facial before?
Image via The Chriselle Factor.