Skin icing could be a very strange thing to most of us but you will be happy you learnt about it on Accelerate TV. You will be exposed the wonderful benefits of applying ice to the skin.
Skin icing, as the name implies, simply means putting ice on your face. Skin icing is one of the modern beauty therapies which beauty experts use in skincare treatments.
Taking good care of your skin only makes sense when you consider that it is your largest organ and the one most susceptible to the things you encounter every day, hence why everyone wants smooth, glowing, young-looking skin. There are more benefits to this than you might imagine. But first, how do you apply it?
- First, wash your face as you normally would.
- Take out 4-5 ice cubes from the ice trays.
- Roll the cloth ends and secure the ice cubes in it.
- Once the ice starts to melt and the cloth is damp, gently massage it to the face. Hold it in the different areas of the face that you wish to ice for one to two minutes, and then move the ice to a different area. You can also move the ice gently in a circular motion from chin to the jaw line, then up to the cheeks. Or you can move it across the forehead, down the nose, focusing on one side of the nostril, then the other, then down to the lips.
- Once you have finished, gently pat dry, and then apply a moisturizer.
- Don’t use ice if you already have broken capillaries, and never leave ice directly on the skin for more than one or two minutes at a time. If at any time this procedure feels uncomfortable, stop!
BENEFITS OF SKIN ICING
- Improves Circulation
If you suffer from inflammation or swelling, then you will want to try skin icing to improve both conditions. After you remove the ice, however, the body will immediately send fresh, new blood to warm the area. Improved circulation will bring fresh nutrients and oxygen to the skin, encouraging the production of new skin cells.
- Super Glowing Skin
Expensive and toxic blushes, highlighters, or strobing are really not necessary — all you really need is a clean ice cube for a natural, healthy glow that cosmetics cannot duplicate. Hit up your freezer for an ice cube, and rub it gently on your cheekbones. This will hydrate the skin as well as improve the circulation, giving you a natural glow.
- Shrinks Pores
You might have heard about an age-old beauty trick that involves splashing cold water on your face after cleansing to close the pores. Why not take this one step further by substituting the cold water for an ice cube? Simply pass an ice cube along problem areas for five minutes and watch those pores shrink back in horror. This will help provide a smoother looking canvas when applying your makeup, or it can give you a more beautiful, yet natural look.
- Stops Wrinkles
Although we can’t avoid wrinkles forever, we can delay them. Since ice helps to stimulate blood circulation, it can keep skin well oxidised, which will help prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles. This will also help your skin keep its natural elasticity. When your skin has plenty of oxygen through improved circulation, it is not only much healthier, it will look healthier, take less time to heal, and will look better overall. Ice is a much cheaper alternative to most skincare and anti-wrinkle creams whose results often leave a lot to be desired.
- Smoother Skin
Icing your skin will not only shrink those enlarged pores, but it also tightens the skin and unclogs pores as well. Using ice on your skin regularly will tone the face and make it look smoother than a baby’s behind.
- Clearer Skin
If you are always looking for ways to naturally fight acne or pimples, then you might have found your answer. Now, ice will not immediately get rid of or dry up a pimple, but it will reduce the redness, reduce inflammation and lessen any pain. Always use a clean ice cube on each zit, and hold it there until the pain and redness subside. Repeat as often as necessary.
- Reduces Puffiness
Puffy eyes, especially in the mornings, are a common problem; whether you went out all night or just watched a Game of Thrones marathon, puffy eyes happen. By reducing swelling and tightening blood vessels, skin icing can reduce puffy eyes and lessen those ugly black circles in minutes. The skin surrounding your eyes is very delicate, so you might want to place that ice cube in a wash rag to prevent damaging the skin.
- Serves as a Toner
Skin icing can be used as a cheap skin toner and it is recommended to be used right before applying cosmetics and make ups.
Written By Ugochi Obiajunwa