If you have been keeping up with TikTok viral trends, you’ve probably seen people rubbing their faces with ice or in more extreme measures, dunking their entire face in a bowl of ice water. What’s the deal? These beauties are on the latest skin care beauty hack called #skinicing. What is skin icing? Skin icing involves using ice or a facial tool that has been stored in the freezer to make it cold, and applying it to areas of the face to help depuff, reduce redness and minimize the appearance of large pores. This viral trend is so huge even celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Irina Shayk and Bella Hadid swear by this icing method as a part of their beauty routine. Wait a minute, let me just go and grab my bowl of ice water!
What can Ice do for your skin?
If dunking your face in a bowl of freezing ice water just isn’t your cup of tea, facial tools such as cryo sticks, ice globes and jade rollers are also popular instruments in helping beauties achieve the skin icing method. So what can ice do for your face? Ice on your face works in essentially the same way ice is used to treat other body injuries. When you get hurt or injured, usually you apply ice on the surface of the injury to help calm down the inflammation (redness and swelling).
The ice helps to temporarily ease the pain by reducing nerve activity, lessen the swelling by reducing blood flow to the area and helps speed up the functional recovery through soft tissue healing. When you translate it to your face, it can help reduce the redness and swelling of skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Why is #Skinicing so popular?
Skin icing has actually been a practicing skin care method for decades. Many beauties, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, suggest that using a cold compress on the undereye area for 15 minutes can help reduce the puffiness and swelling of that area. It's like an instant eye lift! Or an ice lift! This method has become so popular due to the fact that it is easy to do, it's inexpensive because you can use cold water or ice, and it’s a natural way to help improve the appearance of your skin.
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What are the benefits of #Skinicing?
So what are the biggest benefits of skin icing? As mentioned before, skin icing can be great for those who have acne prone skin. The cold ice helps slow down inflammation as well as minimize the pore size which helps minimize oil producing acne. The tightening of the pores also restricts the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, which gives the appearance of firmer looking skin. It ultimately gives your skin a healthier looking glow! So skin icing can also produce anti-aging benefits?
Of course this method is not for everyone. And for those who are willing to give it a try, be careful not to apply your cold compress, ice roller or if you decide to stick your face in ice water, for longer than 15 minutes. You don’t want to overdo it and end up irritating your face even more!