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Ice Ice Baby! The Beauty Benefits Of Using Ice Cubes On Your Face

Ice Ice Baby! The Beauty Benefits Of Using Ice Cubes On Your Face

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.

Beauty Benefits Of Ice  
Things To Keep In Mind  
Skin Concerns Related To Ice  

Beauty Benefits Of Rubbing Ice On Face

Here are a few beauty benefits of applying ice cubes on face. Go! Try it out.

1. No More Dark Circles

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. 

2. It Helps Depuffing Your Under Eye Area

Use Ice Cube On Face To Depuff Eyes

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. 

3. Hello, Glowing Skin!

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. 

4. Your Skin Becomes A Smooth Canvas For Makeup

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.  

5. What Are Chapped Lips?

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. 

6. Sunburn & Heat Rashes Are Out of The Question

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. 

7. It Reduces Excess Oil Production

Reduce Excess Oil production By Using Ice Cube On Face

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.

8. Save The Brow Drama For Someone Else

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. 

9. Perfect For That No Makeup Look

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.

10. Wrinkles & Fine Lines Be Gone!

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. 

Things To Keep In Mind If You Pick Ice Cubes

One needs to keep a few key points in mind while using ice cube on face. Here have a look to know!

benefits of ice cube on face

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.  

Let’s Say You Have These Skin Concerns

Our face skin goes through various skin concerns and it varies from person to person. SO, here are the uses of ice cubes for different skin concerns.

1. If You Have Puffy Eyes

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. 

  • Step 1: Boil some green tea leaves.
  • Step 2: Pour the liquid into an ice tray.
  • Step 3: Add some tea tree drops to it and place the tray in the freezer. 
  • Step 4: Place the cube on your undereye area and keep it on for not more than a minute. 

2. If You Have Tired Skin

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 while using cucumber and lemon ice cubes for face

  • Step 1: Pour some water and cucumber pulp into a mixer. 
  • Step 2: Add lemon juice and blend. 
  • Step 3: Pour the mix into an ice tray and freeze overnight. 
  • Step 4: Rub the ice cube on your face. 

3. If You Have Inflamed Skin

how to rub ice cube on face for inflamed skin

Those who have inflamed and wrinkled skin should consider using rose water ice cubes for face. It’s refreshing for your skin and improves the complexion in the long run. 

  • Step 1: Pour rose water into the ice tray. 
  • Step 2: Freeze it and later massage the cube on your skin in circular motions. 
  • Step 3: Use a towel to pat dry. 

4. If You Have Acne

If you have oily skin, there’s a good chance you may also have acne. Cinnamon is a great ingredient to reduce acne scars. 

  • Step 1: In a bowl of water, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
  • Step 2: Add Vitamin E oil.
  • Step 3: Use a toothpick to stir. 
  • Step 4: Transfer the mixture into the ice tray and freeze. 
  • Step 5: Put the ice cubes in a cloth and gently massage your skin for 10-15 minutes. 


1. Can We Directly Use Ice On Face?

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.   

2. Can Ice Shrink Your Pores?

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!

3. Does Ice Remove Dark Circles?

No, it doesn’t. What it does do is that helps to depuff the areas under the eyes. 

4. Can You Use Ice On Pimples?

Yes, you can. Place a warm water bag on the zit first and later an ice pack. This helps to bring the swelling down. 

5. How Long Should You Put Ice Cubes On The Face?

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.

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