What is Skin Icing?
Sounds like frosting, right? Unfortunately, it’s not quite as delicious, but almost. Skin icing is becoming increasingly popular in skincare treatments, and is a favorite among Korean women. Also known as “cold therapy,” proponents of skin icing use it to reduce swelling, quell inflammation, and tighten pores. That being said, exactly what is skin icing?
Benefits Of Skin Icing
- Shrinks pores
- Promotes better circulation
- Controls blemishes
- Reduces under-eye puffiness and swelling
- Smooths and tightens skin
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and may prevent them
- Combats and controls acne
- Decreases inflammation preventing breakouts and shortening their duration
Icing can be used as a make-shift toner to tighten and shrink pores, increase circulation, and reduce fine lines. Ice before applying moisturizer or foundation. You’ll be delighted as your makeup will go on smoother, and your moisturizer will penetrate more deeply giving you more bang for your buck with your skincare products. Similar to dermarolling, icing slightly damages the outermost layer of the skin allowing for deeper product penetration.
Don’t hold the ice on any one area of your face for too long as you don’t want to burn your skin. Keep it moving while gently rubbing it across your cheeks, forehead, jaw, and chin. Fun fact: you known when you get one of those dreaded zits at the worst possible time? Ice it and you’ll be free of it faster.
[Read More: How To Use A Dermaroller For Younger Looking Skin]
DIY Ice Facials
I love treatments, I can do at home on my own, whenever I want. Here’s how to do a skin icing facial at home:
1. Begin by washing your face.
2. Place a few ice cubes in a thin washcloth and secure in place.
3. Gently massage your face with your ice-cube cloth.
You can also use ice directly on your face. Do what feels comfortable to you. The benefits are no greater than when you use a cloth. You’ll need to wear gloves when using ice directly on your face so your hands don’t freeze.
A note of caution: let the ice cubes thaw for a few minutes before using. Don’t apply ice longer than 10 or 15 minutes, and don’t use on open wounds or broken capillaries. As with any new skincare technique, experiment with icing to see if you love the results.
Just for fun try making ice cubes using rose water, an infusion of mint, or green tea. Take note of the ice cap that’s used in the following video. Either purchase one or get creative and make one yourself. It makes icing easier. I like these silicon ice cube trays. They come in fun colors, have a lid, and the cubes easily slide out.
Alternative Skin Icing Technique
As an alternative to rubbing ice on your face, grab a big bowl, fill it with cold water, throw in some ice cubes, and dunk your face in it for ten to thirty seconds. Do this several times. Don’t suffocate yourself. Be prepared to be shocked – now you know it’s working. When you’re finished apply your skincare products. Notice how smoothly and effortlessly they penetrate your skin.
If you want an extra treat toss some cucumber or lemon slices in the ice water.
Give skin icing a try. If you like it, incorporate it into your skincare routine once or twice a week. I find it really helpful for under-eye puffiness. Icing before a big event is a lifesaver.
Have you tried skin icing? Let me know in the comments:)