No, it’s not the cake decoration. It’s a skin care method that is getting popular world over. Freezing yourself to gain beautiful skin doesn’t sound much like a warm idea, but treatments using cold temperatures are the latest beauty trend.
From reducing wrinkles and boosting radiance to firming the skin, exposing the body to very low temperatures can have multiple benefits. Cold therapy has been used in spas and in skin care treatments for several years and for numerous reasons, including cryotherapy to destroy fat cells and spider veins. Let’s see what the skin icing does for beauty.
Skin icing tones the face, making it look smoother. It also helps tighten and shrink enlarged pores by helping to unclog pores that can appear larger due to debris and excess sebum.
Before applying makeup you first ice the face and then apply primer because it acts as an inexpensive skin toner. It minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores underneath the makeup, helping foundation look smoother and flawless.
Ice is known to improve circulation in the skin. This is how it works 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.
The swelling under the eyes are reduced due to the ice.
The redness of pimples is reduced due to the ice. It also soothes irritated skin. At the first sign of a pimple use ice cubes on blemishes to slow inflammation. This can help reduce the size and number of blemishes. Hold the ice on acne for a few seconds or until the area feels a little numb. Ice the blemishes every other night.
Icing helps antibacterial agents and topical antibiotics get into the pores. The topical medications are more able to penetrate the skin because icing makes the skin surface more permeable.
Rub an ice cube on your face to soothe the skin and reduce the suntan. Get temporary relief from sunburns by just rubbing an ice cube all over your face.
Gently rub the ice cube over the affected area were the acne treatment will be applied to cool the skin. Rub the ice over the area for about two to three minutes or until the skin is wet and feels cold to the touch. Be careful to not hold the ice cube on the skin too long which can freeze the skin.
Thoroughly cleanse the face before you start your ice facial. Next use a soft washcloth, gauze or other soft cloth to wrap one or two ice cubes. Apply to the face when the ice begins to melt and the cloth is damp. For about one to two minutes hold the washcloth on the different areas of the face. 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. Complete the facial with toner, acne treatment or moisturizer.
Icing is often done without covering the ice. If you chose to do this, you’ll probably need to wear gloves (the ice will become too cold to hold for long with a bare hand).
Don’t apply the ice straight from the freezer if you use a bare ice cube. 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.
If the cold becomes too uncomfortable, stop . Avoid icing one area for more than 15 minutes.
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 need for additional skin benefits.