Skin icing has turned into my new favorite skincare ritual. Especially since I feel like we completely skipped spring with how hot out it’s been. It’s so refreshing on a hot day, and I love doing it after a morning run to cool down. The practice is really simple: wrap an ice cube in kleenex or a handkerchief, and gently massage it all over your face and neck. This isn’t some groundbreaking new skincare technique, spas use cold therapy for a number of different treatments. Even way back when, Catherine The Great who ruled Russia was known for rubbing ice on her face, and it’s also a regular practice in the skincare routine of many Korean women.
Other than an easy way to cool down, there are several benefits to skin icing.
Minimize appearance of pores and fight acne.
We all know cold water will help close up your pores, so this is a great way to tone before applying makeup. Massage the ice cube all over until it melts, and let it dry naturally. Then apply your primer and makeup. The appearance of any enlarged pores should be minimized, giving your skin a smoother look. If you have acne or oily skin, this will also help control the production of excess oil on your skin and calm down any pimples that are already present.
Improve circulation and reduce puffiness.
My whole life I’ve struggled with puffy under eyes, sometimes my whole face even seems to puff up! I think this happens due to excessive salt intake, dehydration from when I drink a little too much on occasion, and also from seasonal and indoor allergies. I’ve always splashed cold water on my face to help relieve any puffiness, but skin icing takes it one step further. The cold will improve circulation while reducing inflammation and blemishes. I honestly do believe it gives me a bit of a fresh glow, and it definitely helps to ease any inflammation I may be experiencing. Whenever we travel I struggle with staying hydrated enough, so when we were in Europe for 18 days this is something I did every morning to battle the swollen face I started to wake up with. It truly does help!
Ease and prevent wrinkles.
I can’t really form an opinion at this time as to how much skin icing helps to prevent or ease the appearance of wrinkles, simply because any I have are still quite fine. However, it is said to do so, and with the benefit of improved circulation I could see it at least helping to slow the formation of lines, and it’s definitely not going to hurt!
One of my favorite parts about skin icing? It’s the least amount of money I’ve ever had to spend on skincare! Give a refreshing at home ice facial a try for at least a week and see how much better you start to feel about your skin.