No expensive skincare products, no messy DIY masks -some ice cubes is all you need to address all your skincare woes. It does seem like a magic wand to your skin!
Applying ice to an area of the body for health purposes is known as cold therapy or cryotherapy.
Skin icing has become a popular morning and evening ritual for better-looking skin. It’s been used in spas and skincare treatments for several years and for a number of reasons. And, it’s also been a regular practice in the skincare routine of Korean women. When actual ice is applied to the skin, it causes blood to rise to the surface (think of that rosy glow you get after a brisk winter walk), which soothes and tightens the skin.
Heals and prevents acne:
One of the best properties of ice is anti-inflammatory that helps reduces and heal acne. It calms and soothes inflamed skin and minimizes the size of your pores. It also reduces the excess sebum production that is the main culprit behind acne.
Key to glowing skin:
We all want glowing and radiant skin. For that, we used numerous expensive products, but we hardly get the best results. Application of ice on the face improves blood circulation to your skin and makes it bright. It also improves oxygen level in the skin and supplies essential nutrients and vitamins.
Exfoliates the skin:
A cryofacial can help remove the outer layer of dead skin cells and stimulate new ones underneath to grow in a more even and smooth distribution
Ice can help reduce swelling and the redness of pimples, and can also soothe irritated skin. And because swollen skin makes it difficult for topical creams to reach the bacteria inside the pores, icing may actually help antibacterial agents and topical antibiotics get into the pores since it exfoliates.
Reduces pore size:
Skin icing minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores and may help to unclog pores that appear larger due to debris and excess sebum.
It can reduce puffiness around the eyes. Applying ice on your face regularly reduces swelling by shrinking dilated blood vessels. Thus, it is helpful in getting rid of puffy under eyes.
How to do it? It’s simple!
- You can simply wrap some ice cubes in a thin washcloth or handkerchief and apply it on your face.
You can also freeze ingredients such as tomato pulp, aloe vera juice, cucumber juice in an ice tray to give your skin an extra dose of nut
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Dr. Sayyam Azam is a certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (US). During her specialization, she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels. As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state-of-the- art Aesthetic Center (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.