Skin icing can tighten and shrink the enlarged pores by unclogging the pores that look larger because of the excess sunburn. This procedure also smoothens the skin and makes it look fresh and healthy. Skin icing reduces swelling and redness, so it is great for pimples. The ice also soothes irritation. Ice is believed to improve circulation in the skin as cold constricts the blood vessels so that less blood geos to the surface of the skin which reduces any inflammation or swelling. The body responds by gradually sending an increased flow of warm blood to the area.
Read on to find out more about this morning and evening ritual.
The right way to skin icing:
Take out 4-5 ice cubes from the ice trays.
Put them at the center of a cotton thin washcloth or any other thin cloth.
Roll the cloth ends and secure the ice cubes in it.
Use this to gently massage your face.
You may also directly use the ice without putting it in any cloth. The plus point is that you can freeze green tea or other good ingredients in ice cube trays and use it directly on face/any body part.
Benefit of skin icing including;
Glowing Skin: When applied to the skin, ice cubes help in blood circulation which gives your skin a healthy natural glow. To give your skin a more radiant glow you can use ice fruit cubes to apply to your face.
Reduces Blemishes: Ice cubes can help reduce the inflammation and redness of pimples and blemishes. You can directly apply the ice cubes on your face for a few seconds until it becomes numb preferably before bedtime.
Smooth skin: Excess sunburn and debris enlarge the skin pores. Skin icing can tighten and shrink the enlarged pores by unclogging the pores that look larger because of the excess sunburn. This procedure also smooth the skin and makes it look fresh and healthy.
Dark Circle Treatment: A combination of cucumber juice and rose water when frozen can be use under your eye circles. This will help reduce the puffiness as a result of your late night activities.
Skin Toner: Ice cubes is an inexpensive skin smoother or toner. You can use this before applying makeup as the pores underneath the makeup are minimized which leaves your foundation smooth and flawless.
Burn fat: You may think icing just your face won’t burn fat on the rest of your body but you are sorely mistaken thanks to the vagus nerves. These cranial nerves intertwine and have control over the nerves of the heart, digestive tract and skeletal muscles right from your head. By throwing the vagus nerves in thermogenesis with an icing, you can effectively influence the nerves to burn fat throughout your body.
Makeup Substitute: Don’t have time to put on makeup? Then applying ice cubes using a cloth wrap can help you get that radiant and fresh look without any traces of makeup. Go for that all natural look! Prevents Wrinkles: Icing slows the appearance of wrinkles and ease the signs of aging. Skin icing reduces the visibility of wrinkles and prevents or slows down the occurrence of new wrinkles and fine lines.
Important Tips to Remember about Skin Icing:
1. Skin icing is done without using cloth wrap but always remember to wear gloves so you can hold the ice properly.
2. Using wash cloth or cloth wrap to apply ice on your skin will have the same effect as when you apply ice directly on your face.
3. Extreme cold can break the capillaries under the skin so don’t apply the ice straight from the freezer if you use a bare ice cube.
4. You also don’t want to use bare ice on the skin that already has broken capillaries or use the ice too long.
5. If the cold becomes too uncomfortable, stop. Avoid icing one area for more than 15 minutes.
6. You can opt to fill the water for the ice cubes with rosewater, lemon, green tea, chamomile tea, cucumber and other skin friendly ingredients depending on your skin care needs.
By Mercy Kukah