Us ladies, we’re willing to plaster our faces with just about anything in the hopes we’ll still look like we’re in our 20’s even though we’re 20 years past that age. And we do it even with the risk of occasionally freaking out our husbands, making them think Earth is about to be invaded by aliens as we walk out of the bathroom with some kind of green goo on our faces.
Among the less scary-looking face pampering methods, you should know skin freezing is actually a thing. A thing that’s becoming more and more popular for women (and men!) that are looking to get flawless looking skin without having to spend a whole lot of money. Of course, there are multiple cold therapies available at the spa (and I strongly suggest getting at least one the next time you’re there), but you can use plain frozen water at home to get similar results.
Here’s What A Simple Ice Cube Can Do For Your Face
Toning and Smoothing
If you’re someone that has exceptionally large pores, you’re going to love this – Icing your skin can help reduce the look of oversized pores because its coldness constricts the skin like nothing else.
It has a toning effect that makes your skin look a whole lot smoother, and the cooling effect frozen water has on your face is amazing, especially during hot summer months, I promise.
Prime It To Perfection
Because ice helps make your pores looks smaller, it makes for a super amazing primer to apply before you put your makeup on in the morning. With ice on your side, your foundation is sure to look flawless and you might find that you don’t even need to use your concealer.
Bonus Tip: Use all natural makeup and you’re less likely to have yucky, dirty pores in the first place!
Improve Circulation And Reduce Redness
The cold of the ice constricts the blood vessels in your face so that less blood sits at your skin’s surface. This is incredible news to anyone that walks around looking like they’re constantly angry or embarrassed. Your body responds to the freezing by gradually sending an increased flow of warm blood to the area, improving your circulation in the process.
Reduce Those Puffy Eyes
You’ve heard me mention before that running a spoon under cold water or sticking a few of them in the freezer for a few minutes can help reduce puffy eyes in a snap; save yourself some dishes by skipping the spoons altogether and using an ice cube instead!
Why wouldn’t it reduce the puffiness under your eyes when it has no problem getting rid of the redness and puffiness everywhere else?
Control Those Wrinkles
There are very few things in the world that can completely reverse the signs of aging, but there are quite a few different things that can help reduce them. One of the cheapest ways to help make the wrinkles you already have less visible (and help prevent new lines from forming – sneaky little buggers they are!) is to use an ice cube on the affected area(s).
Get Rid Of Those Blemishes
In addition to reducing the swelling and redness of your blemishes, the cold ice can help sooth your irritated skin. If you happen to feel blemishes coming on and you immediately ice them, there’s a good chance that you won’t get as many and that the ones you do get will be smaller.
If you use topical acne medication, you’re really going to love what ice can do for you – The frozen water actually helps antibacterial agents and topical antibiotics get into your pores so that they can do the job they’re supposed to. How? By reducing the inflammation that’s caused your pores to swell (in order for the medication to work properly, it needs to be able to actually get into your pores).
Get Perfect Eyebrows Without All The Pain
There’s absolutely nothing in the world that I hate more than plucking my eyebrows (which is exactly why I go and get waxed every six weeks). Using an ice cube after tweezing should quickly reduce the swelling and tenderness.
While it might be very tempting, I don’t recommend you ice cube your eyebrow area before tweezing as this will shrink your pores making the hair more prone to breaking than actually being plucked out.
DIY Facial Ice Cube Recipes
Of course ice on its own is good, but if you make that ice with just a few key ingredients, you can increase their potency tenfold. Here are a few different recipes to get you started – Experimenting with a few ingredients of your own wouldn’t hurt either (let us know what you did in the comments section – can’t wait to try some of them!).
Cucumber & Honey
Cucumbers have a cooling effect unlike any other (seriously, if you’ve never tried water with cut up cucumbers in it, I strongly suggest that you do so – You won’t find a more refreshing drink anywhere).
To make this concoction all you need to do is puree a cucumber, add a little bit of honey and squeeze some lemon juice on there (I’d skip the lemon juice if you have dark skin though – Lemon can have a bleaching effect) and freeze it. When you’re ready to use it, just let the ice cube sit out for a couple of seconds to loosen up a little bit and rub it all over your face (the cucumber guts will act as an exfoliate). Leave the mess on your face for five or ten minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
It’s no secret that green tea is some pretty powerful stuff and it can help you look great from the inside out, but what you probably didn’t know is that its antioxidants and caffeine make it a perfect candidate for soothing those puffy, tired eyes.
Sure, you can just lay a used tea bag under your eyes, but you can amp up the effectiveness even more by freezing a strong batch of brewed tea and apply it to your dark circles and puffiness once it’s frozen. Between the cold of the ice and the caffeine in the tea, you’ll look like you got a great night’s sleep even if you pulled an all-nighter.
Well, if you’re a little proactive and you freeze some of that aloe gel before you leave the house, you’re going to be a whole lot happier with the cooling relief that it gives you.
If you don’t want to freeze whole aloe cubes, add some water – Your skin needs the moisture anyway.
Have you ever had a facial massage? You should – It’s one of the most relaxing massages there is and you always feel so pampered and refreshed once it’s over. If you have lavender (or whatever your favourite is) essential oil on hand, all you need to do is wrap a couple of ice cubes up in a face cloth, add a couple of drops of the oil, and massage away! Or simply fill an ice cube tray with water, add a few drops of lavender EO per ice cube and pop it in the freezer.
Note: Most essential oils can’t be applied undiluted on the skin and while lavender is an exception, it’s still very concentrated and 1 or 2 drops for each ice cube is usually enough to do the trick.
This wonderful herb is the king of skin soothers. Whether you have sensitive skin, the occasional annoying pimple or acne, chamomile can greatly reduce inflammation. You can add 1-2 drops of chamomile essential oil per ice cube (before freezing of course), or make a strong batch of chamomile tea and freeze it in ice cube trays.
If you have oily skin with enlarged pores, adding witch hazel to your ice cubes will boost their pore-shrinking power as witch hazel is one of nature’s most powerful astringents. You can use pure witch hazel but also mix it with 50% plain water if you don’t want it as strong. Just make sure it doesn’t get into your eyes as the ice cube melts on your skin, and follow with a moisturizer.
Bonus tip: Witch hazel’s anti-inflammatory properties help healing bruises faster, and it’s an even better remedy if you use it as an ice cube.
Other ingredients for ice cube facials
Just like for facial masks and homemade moisturizers, you can use many other natural ingredients to ‘upgrade’ your ice cube facials. And even more – mix a few, for the perfectly personalized ice cube that does exactly what your skin needs.
While adding oily ingredients is not a good idea because they can get in your eyes (and make you see blurry) as well as stain your clothes if they drip (or the carpet for that matter), essential oils are usually ok since they’re very concentrated and you only need to add a drop or two per ice cube.
Don’t miss: Best Essential Oils For Flawless Skin
Things To Consider
You Might Want Gloves
Ice is cold. Holding that ice can become excruciating after a while (you’ll be rubbing it all over your face so you won’t feel it as much there, but your fingers holding onto the cubes will be the common denominator). Unless you’re planning to wrap your ice in a towel (and you totally can, it just won’t be as cold as quickly), you might want to wear gloves to avoid giving yourself frostbite.
If you’re going to opt away from the washcloth method and you’re planning to use a bare ice cube, you’re going to want to let the ice sit out and melt a little before you put it on your skin. Not only will this be less of a shock to your system, it’s also safer – Extreme cold can break the capillaries under the skin which can cause more problems than it solves. If you already have broken skin, steer clear of the ice until it heals.
Know Your Limits
Using ice on your face should be a relaxing and refreshing experience, not an uncomfortable one. If you start to feel uncomfortable when you’re using the ice, just stop – Some people are more sensitive to cold and hot than others; that’s just the way it is. In any event, you shouldn’t use ice in one area for more than fifteen minutes. If you feel like you haven’t gotten enough from your ice cube after fifteen minutes, leave your skin to rest and recover for fifteen minutes before applying again (Same goes for injuries).
I currently have a couple of these in my freezer right now, and can’t wait to cool off with them! Have you ever used ice on your face? What are your favourite concoctions? Let us know in the comments section below – I’m always up for trying something new (especially if it’s effective!).
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