Never underestimate the power of a humble ice cube! Believe it or not, ice cubes have the power to soften your skin and give it a radiant glow. Now that summer is around the corner, you might want to make the most of these babies. They will not only help to tighten your pores but also keep the dark circles and acne at bay. The best part about including ice cubes in your skincare routine is that it's inexpensive and does a better job than any sheet mask or serum.
Here are a few beauty benefits of using ice cubes on your pretty face. Good luck!
Okay ladies, listen up! Don't expect dark circles to go away if you've rubbed ice cubes on your face for only one time. You have to keep at it for a good month and a half to see the first sign of results. If you're bored of using just plain water ice cubes, you can make a solution using rose water and fresh cucumber juice. Pour the solution into an ice tray and leave it overnight to freeze. The next morning or later in the evening, you can rub the cubes on your undereye area.
If you've been partying too hard and not getting enough sleep, it will start to show on your face. The first place it will show up is under your eyes. An accumulation of fluid causes eyes to puff up. What you need to do is firstly, catch up on sleep and secondly, use ice to reduce your swelling.
Did you know that ice constricts your blood vessels? The moment you remove the ice cube from your face, more blood gets pumped to your face. It gives your skin that radiant, natural glow.
Before you apply your foundation, you might want to rub your face all over with an ice cube. The ice cube preps your skin for makeup and shrinks your pores. Here's a sequence you should follow - cleanse your skin, then rub an ice cube all over your face, moisturise after and after a while, apply your makeup.
Those who have chapped lips need to keep themselves hydrated at all times. The more water you drink, the better. To avoid inflammation, you can even rub ice all over your lips. Follow it up with either a lip mask or a good old lip balm.
Sunburns and rashes are common skin problems during the summer. While ice temporarily soothes skin from burns and rashes, its effects aren't long term. Regardless of how hot or cold it is outside, you should always wear sunscreen.
A fun fact: Rubbing ice on your skin can shrink oil-producing pores. This reduces excess oil production and keeps your pores tight. Remember, while massaging, always do so in a circular motion.
Parlour lady pulled out too much hair? No worries, instead of reaching out for aloe gel, ask her to hand over an ice cube to you. It will numb and soothe the area while reducing inflammation.
Running late to work and don't have the time to apply makeup? It's okay. What you can do is simply take a few cubes of ice and rub them over your face. It will help get rid of swelling, redness and make your pores look smaller. It works as an instant (but temporary) facelift.
Although ice cubes can't undo signs of ageing, they can improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Simply rub an ice cube on your face - wrinkles and fine lines every day and you'll notice that those start to look less noticeable as days go by.
1. Avoid spending a lot of time doing an ice facial. Once in the morning and once at night should do the trick.
2. If you spot a zit, avoid drinking warm water or bathing in hot water. Instead, take an ice cube and wrap it in a piece of cloth and press it on your pimple. This helps to reduce swelling and prevents the zit from popping.
3. Always make sure that when putting an ice cube on the face, make sure it's done around the eyes, but never close to your eyes. The last thing you want to do is damage your precious eyes.
4. Each massage session should last for 10-15 minutes max. Nothing more than that as it could damage your skin.
5. Never use an ice cube on the face when it has makeup on. Always use a cube when your skin is clear and free from makeup.
6. If your skin is starting to look a little dull and tired, you might want to splash some ice cold water on your face. You can also put your face into a bowl of chilled water with ice cubes in it. This helps to give your skin a radiant glow and youthful appearance.
As you know, green tea is loaded with antioxidants. This helps to depuff your eyes and makes the area under your eyes soft, smooth and radiant.
While lemon helps to naturally brighten the skin, cucumber helps to keep it cool and soft. Here's what you need to keep in mind.
Those who have inflamed and wrinkled skin should consider using rose cubes. It's refreshing for your skin and improves the complexion in the long run.
If you have oily skin, there's a good chance you may also have acne. Cinnamon is a great ingredient to reduce acne scars.
To avoid frostbite, avoid applying an ice cube on your face. Instead, wrap it up in a cloth and then do the needful. If you directly place an ice cube on your face, it could damage your skin's tissue.
Ice cubes do not shrink pores, but they can tighten your pores and prevent dirt from getting into them and clogging them up. Post cleansing your face, wait for 15-20 secs and splash your face with ice cold water. It works miracles!
No, it doesn't. What it does do is that helps to depuff the areas under the eyes.
Yes, you can. Place a warm water bag on the zit first and later an ice pack. This helps to bring the swelling down.
Not for more than 1-2 minutes. Too much of one thing is a bad thing at the end of the day.
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This story was updated in March 2019.