With summer on its way, you’re probably going to be using your ice in the drinks a lot more often! But ice actually has far more uses than keeping your beverages cool.
While you might pride yourself on your collection of expensive products to keep yourself beautiful and radiant in this warmer season, an ice cube can be all you need to keep your skin healthy. Ice is a brilliant option to help rejuvenate your skin, clear acne, and increase radiance.
Purified water plays an important role in keeping your skin healthy, so it’s important that the source of water for the formed ice cubes is clean and pure. Drinking the right amount of clean water on a regular basis is beneficial too. Stay tuned to learn some of the most amazing effects that an ice cube can have on your skin.
1. Reduces dark circles
Only those who have those not-so-beautiful shadows under their eyes know how frustrating it can be to try and get rid of them. Dark circles developing under the eyes might seem to be stubborn because let’s face it, how is moisturising supposed to change the shade of your skin?
You may be surprised at just how much ice can help you out. You just need to freeze a liquid mixture of cucumber juice and boiled rose water in an ice cube tray.Then pop out when they’re frozen and apply the resultant ice cubes onto the rims under the eyes, and those dark circles will slowly fade away.
2. Cures acne
Applying ice to your face can help you get rid of the pestering acne that seems to crop up time and time again. Ice cubes soak away the oil from your skin and work wonders in curing swellings and spots associated with acne.
In this case, just freeze purified water, then take a couple of cubes, wrap them in a tissue, and lie back with the tissue over your most acne-prone areas. The cold will help with any inflammation pain, too.
3. Cleanses skin pores
Our skin has a large number of pores that help us detoxify and perspire. Though they are quite helpful on their own, the only disadvantage is that these pores hold on to dirt and make your skin look tired and worn out.
Applying ice onto the face cleans out these pores, helping your skin to take on a healthy, glowing, and smooth appearance. The cold also temporarily shrinks your pores, which again helps to give your skin a smoother look.
4. Works as a pre-primer applicant
Before you apply your makeup, apply an ice cube on your face, and it’ll make your skin look even more healthy and beautiful. Because the cold shrinks your poses, you’ll find that makeup, like foundation and primer, sits much more smoothly on your face, rather than appearing bumpy or uneven.
You don’t need to spend too long on this – just take a single ice cube and move it across your nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. When the ice cube has melted, pat your face dry and apply your makeup right away.
5. Improves blood circulation
Skin icing is a great way to improve blood circulation. The ice constricts all the blood vessels, which restricts the amount of blood on the skin’s surface. To maintain a balance, an excess amount of blood then circulates the skin, helping to give it that healthy glow you’re aiming for.
To use ice cubes for improving your blood circulation, just massage your face with an ice pack every day after getting up.
6. Reduces puffiness under eyes
If you suffer from puffy eyes, whether it’s from a lack of sleep or allergies, ice cubes may help to resolve the issue faster. Ice has the ability to reduce swelling and is effective at making your swollen eye bags disappear quickly.
Apply ice on the affected areas around your eyes to help them get in shape as soon as possible. Try doing this in the mornings if you don’t want to deal with puffy eyes all day.
7. Reduces wrinkles
Ageing is completely natural, and it’s not something that can really do too much about. However, controlling wrinkles that contribute to the appearance of ageing on your skin can be achieved through skin icing.
Applying ice to your skin reduces the formation of new wrinkles, thanks to the coolness of the ice, which stimulates blood circulation. Apply ice every evening to keep the skin on your face young and fresh.
8. Removes facial hair
Having great facial hair might be a dream for the men out there, but it isn’t certainly the case for women. Having a striking amount of facial hair might make you frustrated, especially when it alters your appearance.
Icing can be a great way to remove that stubborn hair from your face without needing a professional wax. Though waxing might give you more instant results, it isn’t a permanent cure.
Applying ice and using a facial scrub might take a bit more time to deliver the results, but it offers a much more permanent and natural solution.
9. Softens lips
Ice has a soothing and softening effect on chapped lips, reducing the pain and inflammation that is often associated with the issue. Applying ice on chapped lips and drinking an adequate amount of water on a daily basis should help your lips to retain moisture and stay glossy and beautiful.
10. Brightens the skin
If you find that your skin is almost always oily and dull, you need a natural way to brighten it up. Skin icing revives your skin health and adds a natural healthy glow. Since ice improves blood circulation, your skin automatically achieves the radiance that you’re looking for.
Try massaging ice around your cheeks, chin, and forehead to boost the circulation and bring out your natural glow.
11. Cures heat rashes
If you have ever been a victim of a heat rash, you will definitely know how painful it can be. It’s also a nightmare to cure, and some creams and topicals can actually cause a reaction and make it even worse.
Applying ice cubes wrapped in a cotton towel on the affected area can give you instant relief from the inflammation, while naturally soothing and curing your rash.
12. Massages skin
A massage is a great way to relieve stress. Rubbing a few ice cubes all over your face proves to be a great massage that rejuvenates your skin – and actually, ice massages are so effective that they are used by professionals in cryotherapy for sports massage.
The bumps of the cubes that you feel on your face can improve the blood flow and make your skin radiant. The ice reduces both pain sensations and blood flow, which means you can use it pretty much all over your body whenever you need to massage away the pain.
13. Reduces skin inflammation
Skin inflammation and redness can occur for a number of reasons, such as long-term exposure to the sun’s rays, chronic conditions, and even allergies. In any case of skin inflammation, applying ice on the affected area should decrease blood flow and ultimately give you instant relief from the pain and swelling.
14. Beautifies the skin
While simple skin icing does work quite well to improve the skin, it can be made all the more effective by adding certain ingredients such as cucumber, rose water, and aloe.
Mix whichever of these ingredients you have to hand and freeze into ice cubes. Wait for them to freeze, pop them out, then apply them to your face.
Cucumber can fend off wrinkles, sun damage, and more, while rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis, and eczema. Aloe has been shown to help with acne, sunburn, dark spots, dry skin, cold sores, irritation, and inflammation. Together, they make a winning combination for your face!
15. Provides relief from sunburn
Aloe vera ice cubes work wonders if you’re suffering from a case of severe sunburn. The reddishness and inflammation that are common to sunburn will gradually fade when you apply this wonder life hack to the affected areas.
Aloe can also soothe and cool the skin, which should help with the stinging and itching associated with sunburn.
16. Exfoliates skin
Applying milk ice cubes to the face beats any other chemical when it comes to exfoliation. Natural and pure, this ice cube method will save both your skin and your cash.
Simply combine equal parts milk and water and freeze. The lactic acid in milk will help to remove your dead skin cells, while the ice gives your skin a natural glow and radiance.
17. Gives an oil-free look
While having oily skin does have its own merits, like keeping the skin hydrated, it can trigger an outbreak of stubborn acne, which, at worst, can leave your face scarred. Applying ice on your face will help to control the oil by keeping the sebum cells of your skin under control, giving your skin a much healthier, vibrant glow.
18. Reduces eye strain
If you spend hours on end in your office staring at your computer screen, it’s important to give your eyes the time off they deserve. Ice cubes will help in relieving the strain caused to your eyes, as well as reducing any swelling associated with eye strain.
Just make sure to also take plenty of breaks from your computer screen to stay healthy.
19. Reduces tweezing pain
While tweezing your eyebrows is a “must-do” for nearly all women out there, the pain associated with the task is also a glaring truth. Luckily, preparing in advance with a couple of ice cubes will help you to enjoy pain-free tweezing sessions going forward.
Apply the ice cubes on and around your eyebrows before getting started, which will give a partial numbing effect, and you shouldn’t feel the tweezing pain at all.
20. Natural makeup
Have you ever been in such a hurry that you didn’t even have time to apply your makeup? For those busier mornings, the best way to create a natural “no makeup” glow is to use ice.
Skin icing exfoliates and rejuvenates your skin, giving your face a beautiful and radiant appearance, even if you’re unable to apply a proper layer of make-up.
21. Soothes injury pain
Ice packs can help minimize swelling around an injury, reduce bleeding into the tissues, and reduce muscle spasms and pain.
Ice packs are often used to treat injuries like ankle sprains. Applying an ice pack for the first 48 hours will help minimize swelling, which will ultimately help to control the pain. Just ice your injured area after activity to control inflammation – and see your doctor if the pain persists.
If you previously shrugged ice off as “just frozen water”, it’s time to change your opinion! Ice can be used for your face and body to provide a number of benefits – and the best part? It’s completely free.
So, wait no more. Just make sure to freeze purified water to give your skin the care and attention it needs.
Apply the ice cube to your face and use it for a maximum of 15 minutes. Whether you get inventive and add other beneficial ingredients to your water, or you stick to plain old ice, your skin will ultimately look livelier and more radiant than ever before.