Quick Beauty Trick: Skin Icing


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.

  • I’ve never heard of icing before! It sounds so interesting, I think I’ll give it a go :)

  • I’ve never tried this but it sounds amazing!

    Jenna | Beauty And The Style

  • That sounds so weird but so cool haha I might give it a try!


  • Oh god hahaha, I hateeee the feeling of cold on my face! I use my fingers to apply primer, and I shudder every time because it’s soooo cold when the temperature drops. As great as this sounds, this may be a skip for me – but I’ll admit that it’ll probably feel pretty darn good in the summertime!

    becky ♡ star violet

  • Oooooh sounds amazing! Will be trying this tonight! Thank you! x


  • This is such an interesting concept and the benefits are amazing. Defintiely need to give this a go!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

  • liz

    My hairdresser’s wife introduced me to ice facials, but she taught me to soak a dishcloth in coffee (caffeinated) or tea (green and chamomile are the two teas I’ve used), wring out until the cloth is a little more than damp, and place it in the freezer for ten minutes. In that time, you do all your skin prep and then apply the cloth. I do this once a week (twice a week in summer) and it really has made a HUGE difference to my 50-year-old skin! The super-cold washcloth does take some getting used to, though. (Start on your cheeks, where there’s more fat. It doesn’t feel quite as cold, and you won’t get a brain-freeze headache like you can if you start on your forehead!)

    • Thanks for sharing Liz :) I’ve never heard of skin icing before but I’m eager to try it out now I know it works for you!

      I know the post says it can be part of a morning or nighttime routine but it sounds like a couple of times a week would do the job! Thanks for your advice!

      Sam xx
      http://www.smart-twenties.com – how to make the most of your twenties

  • I have never heard of skin icing before but was so intrigued by the title of this post! It sounds so interesting though, and clearly has quite a few benefits, I’m so glad you did this post. Well I learnt something new today :)


  • Ohhh I never heard of this before! I have to try it!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  • GoFashiondeals

    This sounds pretty interesting. I have heard of ice cubes for pimples but not for all over the face. :)

  • This sounds intriguing – I’ve heard of icing your skin but I never realized how many benefits there are! Definitely something I’ll be trying this weekend

    Nabihah | The Sunday Wardrobe

  • I didn’t know this is a thing. I massage ice cubes on my face in the summer all the time. It just feels good! Didn’t know there’s lots of benefits from doing it.

    Miriam ♥ A whole lot of serendipity

  • I have all of these skin/body therapies that are cold (I just prefer to take a steamy hot shower haha). However, I’ve heard that cold makes your pores smaller and also works better for your face skin than hot temperature so I’m tempted to try this!


  • rae

    I have never head of skin icing before, but I am definitely quite intrigued and would love to try this out.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  • Wow, well this was interesting as I have never heard about this before! Eager to try it out! x

    Chedsneh Blogs

  • I have never ever heard of this but wow!! I am very intrigued to try this at some point ^_^

    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

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  • Louise

    My facialist uses beauty ice globes (they look like blue light bulbs) and uses them on my face for five minutes after a peel and extractions. I bought a no-name set from amazon for less than $40.


  • Extreme cold temperatures can cause redness in some people (myself included). I would try to keep the ice away from red-prone areas.

    I agree, it would be great to de-puff eyes and reduce swelling.