If you have less than stellar skin and have been looking for remedies, you’ve probably come across skin icing in your searches. You may be skeptical about trying this one out or just turned off by the idea of extreme cold on your skin, but there are some minor benefits to this unusual practice. There is evidence that cold temperatures in general, while uncomfortable, can have positive effects on our bodies Consider these 5 ideas for skin icing:
Wake Up Call
If you find that you often have trouble waking up in the morning, then this is the tip for you. Skin icing, or even an ice cold facial bath, is the next best thing to a full-blown shower. It’s a quick way to get alert and energized. Exposure to sudden cold brings a shock to the nervous system; you can think of it like a mild version of the ‘fight or flight’ response, where your body is triggered to respond to outside stimuli. In this case, there is no danger, but the alertness will get you moving that much faster.
A proper skin icing can give the appearance of radiant skin. This happens because of the way the body responds to external temperature. When the temperature drops, the blood vessels near the skin constrict, and blood is pushed inwards to protect the body. This can give your skin a pale, almost glowing look; in the case of skin icing, this temperature drop is only temporary, so once you finish, blood vessels will expand, and will return to the surface, providing a warm glowing tone to your skin.
Blemish and Inflammation Reduction
Some skin blemishes can be caused or further developed by inflammation; inflammation is an immune response that causes redness and swelling, and may be a direct or indirect source of discomfort, which creates more stress, and consequently, more blemishes. It’s a vicious cycle. Skin icing, however, can help. Cold temperatures can reduce the heat and swelling, numbing the discomfort and clearing up some of the redness that comes with skin blemishes. This also applies to wrinkles and other signs of aging. The soothing cold can also help you to feel calm and relaxed, relieving your stress and preventing recurrent breakouts.
Dark Circle Remover
Dark circles under the eyes have a number of causes. Illness and allergic reactions are some, but simply not getting enough rest can also cause them to form; in fact, this is the most common cause. The capillaries beneath your eyelids are the culprit behind dark circles. Sometimes they can fill with fluid due to dilation. Applying something cold, like cucumber slices, or ice, to the area can return the capillaries to their natural state, and generally reduce any swelling, puffiness, or inflammation in the area.
Cosmetic Skin Toning
If you’re looking for a more affordable way to smooth out or tone your skin, proper ice application can do that for you. As ice constricts the capillaries in the skin, you can use the cold to close down your pores and smooth out your face. This means that when it’s time to apply makeup, you have a smooth and level surface to do so, which makes for perfect application; of course, given the benefit of smooth and glowing skin, you may opt to go light on the makeup or skip it altogether in favor of a more natural look.
Have you read all of this and decided you’d like to give skin icing a try? There are a few important things to keep in mind:
You can apply bare ice to skin, but extreme cold for long periods of time can cause damage to the capillaries just under the skin. Be careful with your applications, don’t apply to capillaries that are already broken, and stop using the ice if it gets extremely uncomfortable or painful. It’s helpful to use a cloth to wrap the ice; this will still yield the benefits, and provide you a steady hold on the ice while also offering more protection against cold damage than bare ice alone.