Skin Icing is probably one of the Best Kept Secret in the Beauty World. So what is it exactly? It’s basically using ice cubes on your skin (not directly of course! *note: please excuse the image above). Make sure that you have the ice cubes wrapped prior to applying it onto your skin to avoid from an ice burns. I had to learn this the hard way!
Supermodel Kate Moss swear upon this practice. According to celebrity facialist Henriksen, “Skin Icing dramatically improve circulation in the skin for that healthy glow we all want”. A tip that he has shared is in order to boost results, he’ll brew and freeze rosehip seed tea, which is high in Vitamin C, as well as antioxidant-packed green tea. For application, Henriksen suggests wrapping an ice cube in a thin cotton handkerchief and massaging it across the skin.
If having a bunch of ice held in a handkerchief sounds a little primitive then I have just the solution for you, Jalue Ice Therapy. The treatment comes in a chic box that’s equipped with individually boxed, 4 herbal sachets (chamomile, sage, nettle, rose and oak bark), and a silicone ice cone. The Jalue Ice Therapy box is retailing for £39.
But if you’re not up to spending that kind of money, then read on. You can still easily replicate the treatment with what you already have in your pantry. I would advise on selecting skin beneficial teas i.e.: chamomile (calming), lavender (anti-inflamatory), green tea (antioxidants) or even peppermint (oily skin) tea. Brew the teabag in hot water. Once it cools down, pour concoction into a popsicle tray/ ice tray. Allow it to freeze. Whenever you’re feeling a little puffy or dull, just pop one out from the fridge and wrap it with a cloth. To make it more effective, I would advise massaging the ice towards the direction of your lymph nodes. This would help with lymphatic drainage which equals “the ultimate de-puffing”.
Here are some of the benefits of Skin Icing:
- Make pores appear less visible
- Increase blood circulation
- Reduce puffiness
- Banish eye bags
- Gives skin a healthy glow
- Prevents wrinkes
- Chill angry breakouts (relieve pain and decrease inflammation by constricting the blood vessels)
For those with sensitive skin please steer clear from skin icing, especially during a flare-up. I am eczema-prone around the side of my cheeks, therefore I tend to focus my icing around my T-zone and parts of my cheekbones.
Skin icing is a fabulous way to start your morning by essentially waking up the skin! It’s a cheap yet effective method that to improve the quality of your skin. Plus, your skin will be glowing throughout the day!