Skin icing has become a popular morning and evening ritual for better looking skin. Cold therapy has been used in spas and in skin care treatments for several years and for numerous reasons.
Skin icing is a regular practice in the skin care routine for Korean women, who are known for their detailed beauty rituals.
Refresh the face
Fight the formation of wrinkles
Fight acne and heal blemishes
Promote blood circulation, thereby giving skin a healthier appearance
Read on below to find out more about this popular morning and evening ritual and its benefits.
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.
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.
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. You can hold the ice on acne for a few seconds or until the area feels a little numb. Ice the blemishes every other night.
You can do a simple ice facial in the morning and/or evening. Here’s how:
1. Start your ice facial by thoroughly cleansing the face.
2. Next wrap one or two ice cubes in a soft washcloth, gauze or other soft cloth.
3. When the ice begins to melt and the cloth is damp, apply to the face.
4. Hold the washcloth on the different areas of the face for about one to two minutes.
5. Move the ice cubes 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.
6. Complete the facial with toner, acne treatment or moisturizer.
Note About Skin Icing
Icing is often done without covering the ice. If you chose to do this, you’ll probably need to wear gloves because the ice will become too cold to hold for long with a bare hand.
Don’t be concerned if using ice directly on the skin doesn’t appeal to you. You’ll get the same effects when holding the ice with a washcloth.
If you use a bare ice cube, don’t apply the ice straight from the freezer. Extreme cold can break the capillaries under the skin.
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.