Since water is known for its many skin benefits—from keeping our skin plump and supple to giving it an inside-out glow—it shouldn't surprise you to learn that there are many ice benefits for face as well.
It's no secret that putting your favorite skincare products in the fridge can help your skin feel cooler, but icing has become a popular morning and evening practice as well. A popular skincare treatment in spas and salons, it's also been part of Korean women's (who are renowned for their elaborate beauty rituals) skincare routine for decades.
But the question remains: does icing really work? In this blog, we explain why this old-fashioned skin care method is back—and what it can do for you. Get ready to learn "why to apply ice before makeup" and "what are the benefits of applying ice on face" here!
But First, What Exactly Is Skin Icing?
A skin icing treatment involves applying ice on the skin for minimizing pores, delaying early signs of aging, and increasing collagen production. What appears to be a simple cube of ice is actually packed with medicinal benefits for your skin. Its beauty-enhancing and health-promoting properties are deeply rooted in Ayurvedic history.
What Are the Benefits of Icing Your Face?
Whether you wake up puffy or notice your skin is dull—maybe because you drank too much, ate poorly, or did not sleep well the night before—facial icing could help.
Reduce Inflammation: The concept is similar to icing an injury or swelling in the body, but now we're doing it for aesthetic reasons. There is great potential for cold therapy to help people with inflammatory skin conditions since it reduces the inflammation in the skin.
Reduces Pore Size: Skin icing can minimize the size of enlarged pores and remove excess sebum that clogs pores. When you ice your face, your skin looks smoother.
Increases glow on the skin: External factors, such as sun, wind, and pollution, make the face look tired quickly. And with all the stress that comes with routine, deadlines, and errands to run, the face is sure to look dull. The rejuvenating effect of skin icing removes fatigue from the face. With skin icing, the tiredness is visually reduced, the blood flow is improved, and the skin takes on an instant glow.
Diminishes signs of aging: No one wants wrinkles on their faces because they represent aging. But just because you cannot reverse your aging process does not mean that you cannot control it.
You can reduce and prevent the appearance of signs of aging by rubbing ice cubes on your skin regularly.
Reduce puffy eyes: Lack of sleep and eye strain are the most common causes of puffy eyes. Due to its ability to reduce swellings, the ice quickly removes these eye bags.
Simply apply ice to the affected areas, and your beautiful eyes will return to their former glory. If you mix black coffee with your ice cube, you'll notice results much faster.
Eliminates dark circles: The best remedy for dark circles is to apply ice cubes under the eyes. Mix rose water with cucumber juice and boil it. Make an ice cube out of this mixture and apply it to your eye area.
Remember: you won't see results immediately with this remedy. The results will take a few days to show.
Increases the absorption of other products: You can increase your skin's ability to absorb skincare products by rubbing ice cubes on it before applying them. When ice cubes are rubbed on the skin, other products can penetrate into the deeper layers.
Heals and prevents acne: The anti-inflammatory properties of ice help reduce and heal acne. It minimizes the size of your pores and calms and soothes inflamed skin. Furthermore, it reduces the production of excess sebum, the primary cause of acne.
Provides a smooth base for foundation: As we’ve already mentioned, you can tighten your pores and make your skin smoother by rubbing an ice cube all over your face before you apply your makeup.
By using ice before makeup, you can make sure that your foundation application goes on smoothly, giving you a flawless base.
How to Safely Ice Your Face
The only thing you need for face icing is… well… ice. However, we don't recommend applying it directly to your face, as it could irritate your skin.
Put an ice cube in a thin cloth and begin to massage your face lightly while the cloth protects the skin on your hands and face. In a circular motion, rub the ice over your face. Massage the area around your mouth, cheeks, chin, forehead, jaw, and nose gently.
However, be careful, because if you allow the ice to rest on your skin too long, it can cause irritation, redness, and even frostbite. Also, if you ice your face, make sure to moisturize afterward to prevent it from drying out.
Ice Doesn’t Have to Be Frozen Water
Alternatives to water in your ice cubes include other ingredients such as:
Rose Ice Cubes: Freeze pure rose water into ice cube molds to make rose ice cubes. By rubbing these on your face, your skin will be able to benefit from both this natural skincare gem and the benefits of skin icing.
Aloe Ice Cubes: Put some aloe vera gel in your ice cube trays and freeze it. Aloe vera is one of the best skincare ingredients on the market and ice cubes made from aloe vera leave your skin feeling fresh and supple.
Green Tea Ice Cubes: The next time you make green tea, rather than consuming it, put it in the freezer to make ice cubes. Besides its antibacterial and antiviral properties, green tea ice cubes have skin benefits as well.
Cucumber Ice Cubes: As they are packed with high water content, cucumbers are the ultimate hydration boosters. For glowing, hydrated skin, freeze some cucumber juice and apply it to your face.
This blog post shows how a simple ice cube can do wonders for the skin. So the next time you feel your skin isn't at its best, give yourself some ice therapy.
What's your favorite skin icing hack? Comment below and let us know!