“Ice” Your Way To Beautiful Skin: 5 Natural Benefits


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Most people know that after damage to the body icing, or cryotherapy, is one of the main things doctors recommend. The reason for this is that it reduces arterial blood flow to that specific region which then reduces the edema, or swelling which is just a pooling of fluid underneath the skin. Not only does it reduce swelling but it also increases the circulation. After icing, the cell’s in the affected tissue send signals to bring them more blood- to regulate the temperature as well as recalibrate after the constricted blood flow. The “Hunting Response” is where the body first responds with vasoconstriction, the reduction of blood flow, and then after a period of time switches to vasodilation, an increase in blood flow. These simple results can be applied to facial skin care as those same physiological benefits have implications for other common dermatological issues.

Ice reduces swelling which aids a number of skin issues:

  • Minimize Pores
  • Calm Blemishes
  • Reduce Eye-Puffiness

Ice improves circulation:

  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Improve the natural ‘glow’, Reduce ashiness

Pore Minimizer: Ice helps to reduce swelling and it will also help to minimize the size of pores. This will help the skin look smoother as well as prep the face for makeup application. Skin primers are heavily marketed as a way to make skin look smoother, however, the long term effects may only lead to the need of more makeup because the primer will clog the pores only making the condition worse. Icing the skin before applying foundation will have a similar effect to a skin primer without clogging the pores; it will actually reduce the size of pores instead of covering the pores up to make them look smaller.

Blemish Calmer: Ice can help to reduce the blood flow beneath the skin to the blemish which will result in less redness and a reduction of size. This trick I have also been using since high-school. Acne-creams and spot-treatments will completely dry out the blemish, which I guess is the point, but if I have an upcoming event I don’t want to have that on my face. Instead I leave the blemish alone and I hold ice on it for 5-10 minutes which causes enough of a reduction to then hide with a little foundation.

Eye-Puffiness Reducer: Allergies, not enough sleep, post-break-up, whatever the reason is, icing has always been my go to for puffy-eye relief. I throw a headband on and lay on my back so that the headband will catch the ice-drippings. For my eyes I choose to wrap the ice just because the skin is so sensitive there. Under a damp towel I hold the ice against my eyes for 2-7 minutes or until I feel like I can blink again. If they’re really red and puffy I find that alternating between the cold ice and a warm caffeinated tea bag does wonders to de-puff.

Wrinkle Reducer: Improved circulation can reduce the appearance and formation of wrinkles. Blood transports oxygen as well as nutrients so if the circulation is improved, the facial skin will be better nourished. To get these results, which come from the Hunting Effect, you must keep the eye on for the maximum amount of time.

Natural Glow: With improved circulation more blood flow will reach the surface of the skin which can result in the same look as blush. That ‘sun-kissed’ look that is so often marketed can be achieved just by applying ice which will increase the blood flow to the area resulting in a pinkish color.

How to do an Ice Facial:

First cleanse the face.

Take a piece of ice from the freezer and either let it melt a little to avoid damage to the facial capillaries or wrap it in a damp towel.

Apply the ice to the face for at least 2 minutes but no more than 15 minutes.

Remove the Ice.

Complete with toner, moisturizer, or an acne treatment.

If you have normal to oily skin you can wash with coconut oil or olive oil for dry skin. If your skin is really sensitive then washing with ground oats works great as it leaves a thin nourishing film. Then, as recommended ice for 2-15 minutes. Don’t rub the skin as this can damage the top layer, just dab it dry with a towel. For a toner, you can use raw apple cider vinegar or rosewater depending on your sensitivity. Coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E all make great moisturizers for the final step. If you are acne-prone instead of using vinegar try fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice has the same acidic quality that dermatologists prescribe in expensive retinol treatments. It’s important to keep the skin moisturized or else the dry skin will only further clog the pores. For acne-prone skin grapeseed oil, evening primrose oil, and borage oil all work great as they are light and easily absorbed.

This is a great way to naturally sustain healthy skin. To combat even more specific problems you can infuse the ice with different remedies like rosewater, lemon, green or chamomile tea, or cucumber. Remember, this is a topical solution, to avoid reoccurring conditions the solution will also have to come from the inside which includes diet, exercise, and rest on top of a healthy skin care routine. Collagen is a protein that makes up the majority of the skin and is effected when optimal health isn’t achieved. Certain foods can help you boost collagen like those rich in vitamin C, dark leafy greens, beans, and red fruits.

Written by Hilda Gadea
Source: Mass Report

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