In the world of skin care trends, there are a few of them that have caught on. There are now different products being created to make these trends easier to do. One of these trends is icing the skin. DCSI can help patients understand skin icing benefits and exactly what it is. What is skin icing? Icing is used to reduce puffiness in the form of cold therapy or cryotherapy. It is commonly used to ease pain, lessen swelling, and speed up functional recovery.
How to Use Ice on the FaceSkin icing can be done by wrapping an ice cube in a thin cloth to protect the skin on your face and hands and then lightly massaging your face and hands in circular motions. This can be incorporated into a daily routine, though it is best to work your way to daily use instead of jumping right into it. Some skin icing benefits include:
- Eliminating puffiness
- Reducing oiliness
- Easing acne
- Soothing sunburn
- Reducing swelling and inflammation
- Reducing signs of aging
- Boosting skin’s healthy glow
Ice for PuffinessFace icing, especially around the eyes, can help reduce puffiness and bags under the eyes. The overall puffiness of the face that is caused by allergies, sunburns, injuries, and other reasons can be reduced by adding icing to your daily routine.
Ice for AcneSome studies show skin icing benefits include treating acne. These studies suggest that doing this can slow down inflammation and minimize skin pores, which helps reduce excessive oil production. Because of ice’s anti-inflammatory nature, it can also help with inflammatory acne, including:
Face Icing RecipesThere are many ways to create the ice used to get some of these skin-icing benefits. Our West Palm Beach dermatologists have included a few recipes below and what they will do for the skin:
- Cucumber and Honey - This is great for trying to get glowing skin. It helps naturally cool and soothes any skin irritations while gently cleansing and moisturizing the skin. Create a juice by taking a cucumber, pureeing it, drizzling some honey into it, and adding a touch of lemon juice. Let the juice sit on the face for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
- Green Tea Cubes - Green tea includes plenty of antioxidants and some caffeine which is a perfect eye soother. Make a batch of strong green tea, pour it into ice cube trays, and freeze it. After making the green tea cubes, apply these cubes around the eyes and let them do their job.
- Rosewater - Rosewater is a great way to refresh dry skin during the wintertime. It has natural toning, relaxing, and anti-inflammatory properties to help the skin feel refreshed and healthy. Freeze some into ice cubes and apply to your face.
- Aloe - If you are dealing with a sunburn, then using frozen aloe cubes will feel great. With the soothing properties of both the aloe and the ice, these can help with instant relief from the pain of sunburn.