(HealthAndLovePage) Skin icing is one of the latest trends among people who want to keep their skin healthy and attractive. They use this treatment two times a day – in the morning and evening. There is more than one reason why established spas have used cold therapy as part of their skin care treatments for few years now.
Skin icing is especially popular among Korean women who are well known for their interest in beauty rituals.
The supporters of skin icing claim that this procedure can help people who want to:
- Prevent the formation of fine lines and fight acne and treat blemishes.
- Improve blood flow, which ultimately leads to better looking and healthier skin.
Now let’s point out the health benefits of using skin icing as one of the trendiest beauty rituals.
1. It makes the skin smoother
Skin icing can help women tighten and reduce pores by aiding the process of unclogging of pores. The pores usually appear larger because of the excessive amount of sebum and debris. Skin icing tones the entire face and makes it look smooth.
2. Stimulates circulation
It is a well-known fact that ice improves circulation in the skin, but only if it is used in the right way. The reason is simple. Cold shrinks the blood vessels, which mean that less blood is directed to the skin’s surface. Our body reacts by sending a larger amount of warm blood in the affected area.
3. Helps foundation makeup
Skin icing can be used as a cheap skin toner and it is recommended to be used right before applying cosmetics and makeup. It significantly reduces the look of enlarged pores under the makeup and makes the foundation look perfect. Simply use this procedure on your face and apply primer after you are finished.
4. Prevents wrinkles
As previously mentioned skin icing reduces the visibility of wrinkles and prevents or slows down the occurrence of new wrinkles and fine lines.
5. Helps in cases of puffy eyes
Skin icing reduces the effects of puffiness by reducing swelling in this area.
6. Controls pimples
This procedure can reduce both the redness and swelling of unpleasant pimples. It can also ease the symptoms of irritated skin.
7. Improves sleep quality
Skin icing is similar to thermogenesis a mechanism used by animals that hibernate. If you apply cold on your face, you can actually support your body in its efforts to get deep and peaceful sleep. Don’t be afraid to use this procedure in the morning because these effects are not that strong.
8. Reduces oil presence
We have already mentioned that skin icing contributes to the tightening and reduction of skin pores. In addition, this procedure also lowers the production of oil. Use two cubes in a piece of cloth and rub them on your face.
9. Soothes tired eyes
We all spend hours in front of our computer or TV and this leads to worn-out and tired eyes. If you use ice cubes on your eyes they will return to their natural look after a couple of minutes.
10. Soothes sunburn
Skin icing can also be used in cases of sunburn because it will not only ease the pain, but help the skin recover faster.
Feel free to apply ice cubes on blemishes in the moment you notice formation of pimples in order to slow and eliminate inflammation. This is an excellent way to reduce the number and size of these unpleasant occurrences. You can keep the ice on acne for a couple of seconds or until you feel numbness in the affected area. Use this technique every other day.
Performing an ice facial in the evening or/and morning is very simple. Just follow these instructions:
- Begin with the skin icing by cleaning the face thoroughly.
- After that, wrap two ice cubes in a soft clean piece of cloth or gauze.
- Once you notice that the ice starts to melt and the cloth or gauze is soaked, apply it on the affected area.
- Keep the cloth on several different places on the face for about two minutes.
- Move the ice cubes carefully and massage the area around the chin and jaw, continue with the cheeks, nose and eyes and finish with your forehead.
- Complete the procedure with a moisturizer, acne treatment or toner.
Many people perform skin icing by using the ice cubes directly without a cover. If you want to do that, you should definitely use gloves because the ice cubes are very cold and you risk problems with the skin on your hands. Don’t be afraid of the feeling you get on your skin because the feeling is the same like the one you would have if you use cloth.
If you decide to use bare ice cubes, don’t use them right after you get them out of the fridge. Very cold ice cubes can cause damage to the skin.
In addition, you should avoid using care ice cubes on areas that are suffering from broken capillaries.
If the feeling is very unpleasant, stop with the procedure. Avoid skin icing in the same area for more than 15 minutes.
In order to bring more health benefits to your skin, you can also infuse and enrich the water used for the ice cubes with rose water, lemon, cucumber, green tea and other ingredients that are known for their positive effects on skin.