Why you should implement Skin Icing (Ice Cubes) into your skincare ritual
Discovering the use of ice cubes to for spot-on treatments for breakouts was a instrumental to keeping my skin healthy however when i implemented it into my overall skincare regime that was a game changer. Ice cubs dramatically improve circulation in the skin. I prefer to use ice cubes (once a week) right after applying my nighttime facial oil. It works because the capillaries restrict and it creates a pulling effect that helps the oils penetrate deeper into you skin.
This idea that ice is good for the skin is not weird. Have you ever been outside on a cold day and you face is ice cold, have you noticed the effect on your skin, clear and flushed.
Benefits of Ice Cubes on the Skin
The benefits of using ice cubes keep your skin healthy and radiant however it also address specific skin issues. Your face has pores that release natural oils and perspiration, thus aiding in keeping it clean. However, if dirt gets accumulated in the pores, it causes pimples and acne. Rubbing an ice cube on your face after washing it helps shrink the pores. I have listed other ways that ice is great for your skin:
To get rid of acne - a dose of chill can help relieve pain and decrease inflammation by constricting the blood vessels.
To Relieve Swollen Eyes - wrap ice cubes in gauze and slide the cubes from the inner eye corners up towards the brow in a circular motion
Exfoliate The Skin - Rub your face with milk ice cubes. Milk contains lactic acid that helps in clearing all the dead skin cells while the ice cube improves your radiance and natural glow.
Powerful effect of infusing Ice Cubes
Ice cubes are great but to make them powerful freeze them with beneficial liquids and botanicals to boost results. I have listed below the best combinations that I have found:
rosewater - rose petals have been shown to have antibacterial properties, while also helping to soothe the skin
green tea - has a fusion of antioxidants. These detoxify the body by flushing out the toxins, leaving a clean and healthy skin.Dry Skin
cucumbers - are popular to remove the dark circles, eye puffiness and the wrinkles surrounding the eyes. cucumbers are full of nutrients and antioxidants
aloe vera - has amazing medicinal properties. This plant is good for the body, both internally as well externally. It gives a glow to the skin by removing the toxins or dirt, soothes the sun burns, removes redness and gives a soft & supple skin.
milk - contains lactic acid that helps in clearing all the dead skin cells while the ice cube improves your radiance and natural glow.
How to Skin Ice
Start your ice facial by thoroughly cleansing the face. I recommend washing your skin via oil cleansing, and not using a harsh cleanser. Next, wrap one or two ice cubes in a soft washcloth, gauze, or other soft cloth (do not use a papertowel).
When the ice begins to melt and the cloth is damp, apply to the face. Hold the ice cube and rub directly on your face in small circular motions all over for several minutes (at least 2-3 minutes), holding and concentrating on areas that are in need the most, pimples and cyst. If tweezing your chin the morning, its perfect for swelling after tweezing.
Move the ice cubes gently with circular movements up along the chin and jawline, up the cheeks and along the forehead and along the nose and take special care underneath the eyes.
Your skin should feel cool, damp and a bit numb. After, pat dry with a soft towel.
Because your skin detoxes at night, morning is a perfect time to ice to get rid of any puffiness that has occurred and it really wakes you up!! Another benefit of icing in the morning before applying any concealer or foundation ensures a smooth makeup application