Throughout the years, people have always been searching for new ways to make their skin look healthy, clear and youthful. Millions of dollars are spent on expensive creams, spa treatments and surgeries. But now we are finding that a cure for many skin issues is a free resource that can be found right in your freezer. That’s right, it’s ice.
“Skin icing is one of the most popular beauty rituals and it contributes to better-looking skin. Beauty experts have long used this therapy in spas and skin care treatments, thanks to its wide range of benefits,” say the experts at HealthyFoodHouse.com. They go on to site that Korean women, who are known for their detailed beauty rituals, have long been using skin icing as a regular technique in their skin care routines. But how exactly can skin icing help you?
Skin icing is very beneficial to those with acne prone skin. It can help reduce the swelling and redness of pimples and soothe irritated skin. If you hold the ice on the acne for a few seconds, or until the area feels a bit numb, it will reduce the size and number of blemishes.
Icing the skin can also be beneficial in helping topical medication penetrate the skin. Swollen skin makes it difficult for topical medications to reach inside the pores. The ice reduces the inflammation and the pores become unclogged which enables medication to reach the source of the pimple.
Gerrie Summers at MulticulturalBeauty.com recommends gently rubbing the ice cube over the area for about 2-3 minutes until the skin is wet and feels cold to the touch. She warns not to hold the ice cube on the skin for too long which may cause the skin to freeze and recommends following these steps every other night for clearer skin.
But acne prone skin isn’t the only skin type that can benefit from icing. Icing can also reduce wrinkles. Carla Hernandez at The HealthyHomeEconomist.com explains that cold temperatures constrict blood vessels. As a result, the body sends more blood to the area than normal causing pores to contract, and resulting in a taut, glowing complexion. Results of icing the skin regularly can be compared to ‘cold therapy’, an expensive method where liquid nitrogen is injected directly into the skin to temporarily freeze nerves for a more youthful complexion.
Skin icing can also reduce the appearance of pores making it appear smoother. For this reason, it’s also great to use as an inexpensive skin toner recommended for use before applying makeup. Finally, it’s anti-inflammatory properties also work well to reduce puffiness under the eyes.
Folks looking to do an ice facial at home should follow these steps:
- Cleanse face
- Wrap one or two ice cubes in soft washcloth
- Once ice starts to melt, and cloth is damp, apply to face
- Hold washcloth in different areas of face one to two minutes each
- Move ice cube in circular motion along chin and jaw line, up cheeks, along forehead and nose, and take special care underneath eyes
- Complete treatment with moisturizer
For additional skin care benefits, you can infuse ice cube water with lemon, rose water, cucumber and green or chamomile tea.