Skin is not only the largest organ of your body, it is also, by default, the one which is most affected by the external factors like sun, pollution, insect bites, burns, etc. The blemishes and the perpetually tired look that we carry around is also most easily visible. Needless to say, we are looking for ways which can help us get rid of the spots and lines to rejuvenate the skin and maintain its glow.
Skin icing is a technique which can be used at any time and will improve skin clarity and tone, help with puffy eyes and even reduce signs of ageing, among other things. Unlike what you might thinking, this has got nothing to do with bakery. It is a skin care process of applying ice on the skin, to derive the benefits of the cooling agent on your skin. You take four to five ice cubes and put them in a soft cotton cloth or a soft handkerchief for it. Roll the ends, and use the covered ice cubes to massage your face and body gently. When applying it to your face, move the ice in gentle circular motions for a minute or two. You can use it on your forehead, cheeks, jaw line, nose, chin, and around the lips.
Here are the benefits of applying skin on ice:
* Improves blood circulation
The low temperature of the ice reduces the blood flow in the capillaries and lessens the quantity of blood under the skin at that point. Gradually, the iced part of the body responds to the cold treatment and sends an increased flow of warm blood into the area, improving circulation. This flow of warm blood helps clearing up the toxins as well. This helps reduce skin dullness and add colour to the skin. For maximum benefit, start with washing your face and pat drying it with a towel. Gently rub the ice cubes wrapped in a soft cloth on your face and neck using massage-like movements, following only one direction of motion.
* Eases swelling and inflammation
A quick remedy for any sort of inflammation or swelling is applying an ice pack, not only to reduce it, but also for pain relief. Icing also works for heat rashes and stings. Apart from swelling and inflammation, icing also helps if you are having an allergic reaction on the skin.
* Soothes sunburns
Being out in the sun for long hours may cause sunburns. Sunburns can affect the skin quality, apart from being really painful. Icing is one of the quickest and most effective remedies to heal sunburns.For best results, use cubes made of aloe gel. If you don’t have aloe cubes readily available, apply aloe gel on the skin and then start the icing process.You can also try using ice cubes made of cucumber puree.
* Enhances glow in the skin
Skin tends to get duller with the increase in stress and exertion. Skin icing rejuvenates the skin, thereby taking off the tiredness from the face. With the tiredness visibly reduced, and the blood flow and colour in the treated areas improved, the skin gains an instant glow with skin icing.
* Reduces oiliness, blemishes, pimples and acne
Skin icing minimises the pores and stops excessive secretion of oil. It reduces the sticky feeling on the skin and it doesn’t appear oily. The technique also helps reduce acne, pimples, blackheads, and prevents blemishing of the skin. The technique can be used to heal wounds and cuts. Use the regular icing technique while holding the ice cube on the affected area for a few seconds. It is ideal to change the cloth if you have just used it on a pimple or acne.
* Reduces signs of aging
Ice facials can be used to prevent signs of ageing from the face and the skin in general.For best results, try to use ice cubes made with rose water or soothing oil like lavender oil, every night before sleeping. This icing will limit the chances of wrinkles cropping up and have a tightening effect on the skin. In effect, regular skin icing can result in clearer and younger looking skin within a couple of weeks.
For all natural exfoliation you can freeze milk instead of water and apply directly on the skin.
* Closes pores and prevents make-up from sinking in
Applying ice on the face can help since it constricts the pores and creates a barrier on your skin surface. This barrier prevents the makeup from seeping in. The chances side effects from regular usage of make-up and cosmetics are diminished.
* Refreshes eyes and reduces puffiness
You can dip some cotton balls or eye pads in iced water for a few seconds, squeeze them, and place them on your eyelids. This relaxes your eyes and reduces puffiness. Adding a few drops of rose water to the ice also gives a refreshed feeling. You can also wrap ice cubes in a soft cloth and dab it around your eyes moving from the inner eye corners up towards the eyebrow in a circular motion.
Not only is this method cost effective, it is also easy, extremely effective and 100% natural.