Skin icing is an ancient beauty technique that has been gaining popularity in the West. Ancient beauty lore of the benefits of skin icing comes from Russia, Korea, Iran, and many other countries. Even Kate Moss recently revealed to W Magazine that one of her beauty secrets is icing her face in the morning.
I have been doing this all summer and can definitely see results (plus it feels great during these hot months).
Why Skin Icing Is Great For Your Skin
According to an article in Multicultural Beauty, Skin Icing can
Refresh the face
Fight the formation of wrinkles
Fight acne and heal blemishes
Promote blood circulation, thereby giving skin a healthier appearance
Here’s a more in depth look at what Skin Icing does.
1. Skin Smoother
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Relief for Puffy Eyes
Icing reduces puffiness under the eyes by reducing swelling.
5. Wrinkle Buster
Skin icing can ease the signs of wrinkles and slow the appearance of new wrinkles.
6. Blemish Control
Ice can help reduce swelling and the redness of pimples. It also soothes irritated skin.
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How To Use Skin Icing In Your Daily Beauty Routine
I recommend doing an Ice Facial with an ice in cloth. If you do want to use a bare ice cube, don’t apply the ice straight from the freezer. Extreme cold can break the capillaries under the skin.
Start your ice facial by thoroughly cleansing the face.
Next wrap one or two ice cubes in a soft washcloth, gauze or other soft cloth.
You also don’t want to use bare ice on the skin that already has broken capillaries or use the ice too long.
Stop if the cold becomes too uncomfortable. Avoid icing one area for more than 15 minutes.
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.
When the ice begins to melt and the cloth is damp, apply to the face.
Hold the washcloth on the different areas of the face for about one to two minutes.
Move the ice cube(s) gently with circular movements up along the chin and jaw line, up the cheeks
and along the forehead and along the nose and take special care underneath the eyes.
Complete the facial with toner, acne treatment or moisturizer.