How to Do Skin Icing


Celebrities like Kate Moss and Lauren Conrad have been open about using skin icing as a cosmetic treatment for the face. Facial skin icing in can help you wake up, and afterwards feel refreshed like you’ve had a spa treatment. This process can minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles, as well as increase blood flow for a healthy, glowing effect. Because ice soothes irritation, skin icing can also reduce acne and blemishes. Furthermore, it can treat inflammation associated with sprains, strains, and injuries.

Part 1
Holding Ice to Your Face

Holding Ice to Your Face on How to Do Skin Icing

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Clean an ice cube tray and fill it with water. Place it on a flat spot in the freezer. Put it in the freezer overnight or until solid. Dilute rosewater or fresh lemon juice in ice cube trays for extra benefits. Rosewater acts as a toner which soothes, hydrates, and controls oil. It may also combat acne, sunburn, and skin aging.[1] Lemon juice may improve the appearance of aging skin, freckles, dark spots, pimples and oily skin.[2] Another option is to freeze freshly-brewed tea, such as green or chamomile, in cubes.[3] Tea can reduce inflammation, and may have anti-aging benefits.[4]

Holding Ice to Your Face on How to Do Skin Icing

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If you’re icing your whole face, do so in the morning before putting on makeup. If you want to spot treat specific areas for acne, do so every other night before bed. Either way, clean your face first as you normally would.[5] Treating acne at night helps your skin to heal and regenerate.[6]"Icing your skin can help reduceinflammation and redness. It'salso great for de-puffing becauseit increases circulation andblood flow.""Icing your skin can help reduceinflammation and redness. It's alsogreat for de-puffing because itincreases circulation and blood flow.""Icing your skin can help reduceinflammation and redness. It's also greatfor de-puffing because it increasescirculation and blood flow.""Icing your skin can help reduce inflammation and redness. It's alsogreat for de-puffing because it increases circulation and blood flow.""Icing your skin can help reduce inflammation and redness. It's also great forde-puffing because it increases circulation and blood flow."

Holding Ice to Your Face on How to Do Skin Icing

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Place a few cubes of ice into gauze or a soft cloth, such as a fine handkerchief.[7] Once the ice starts melting and the liquid wets the cloth a bit, apply the wrapped ice to your skin.[8] If you don’t want to use a cloth, wear gloves. Don’t apply ice straight out of the freezer. This can damage capillaries. Place an extra soft cloth nearby. You’ll want to have this ready for wiping any excess water that runs down your face.

Holding Ice to Your Face on How to Do Skin Icing

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Hold the ice against areas on your skin for one to two minutes, moving it in gentle circular motions. Do this on your chin, jaw line, cheeks, forehead, nose, and below your nose.[9] Don’t apply the ice for longer than fifteen minutes.

Holding Ice to Your Face on How to Do Skin Icing

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Follow facial skin icing with skin products, if desired, such as moisturizer, toner or acne treatment.[10] For dry skin, creams are more moisturizing than lotions. Toner is a cleanser that can help with oily skin.[11]

Part 2
Dipping Your Face in Ice Water

Dipping Your Face in Ice Water on How to Do Skin Icing

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Clean the sink thoroughly first. Then stop up the sink drain. Fill the sink basin with tap water and add several ice cubes. There should be more water than ice in the sink or bowl.[12] If you prefer, you can use a large bowl such as a punch bowl wherein you can fully submerge your face. Add some slices of and cucumber or chunks of watermelon if desired.[13]

Dipping Your Face in Ice Water on How to Do Skin Icing

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Hold your breath and dip your face into the ice water for ten to thirty seconds.[14] Do this several times, with a few seconds to a few minutes in between.[15] The feeling of this process is intense, and has a temporary side effect of discomfort or pain due to the sudden temperature change. If it doesn’t feel at all intense, you may want to add a bit more ice. Other than temporary discomfort, icing your face shouldn’t cause any negative side effects, as some skin products can.[16] Don’t do this for longer than fifteen minutes.

Dipping Your Face in Ice Water on How to Do Skin Icing

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After facial skin icing, apply skin products if desired. For instance, moisturizer, toner or acne treatment (if needed).[17] If your skin tends to get dry, go with a moisturizer. If your skin is on the oily side, use toner, an astringent which removes the film of oil leftover from cleansers.[18] Saturate cotton pads with skin product and apply it to your face and neck.

Part 3
Treating Inflammation and Injury

Treating Inflammation and Injury on How to Do Skin Icing

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Applying an ice pack to your skin can reduce inflammation, as well as help alleviate pain and swelling associated with muscle sprains and strains.[19] Icing your skin treats back injuries like herniated disks and fractures, injection site pain, and various conditions related to the feet. It also helps with recovering from knee joint replacement surgery.[20] Acute inflammation is the body’s reaction to irritation, injury or surgery. Inflammation can cause pain, swelling, and skin warmth/redness.[21] Skin icing treats a variety of foot problems, such as capsulitis, Haglund’s Deformity, and Sever’s disease.[22]

Treating Inflammation and Injury on How to Do Skin Icing

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Use an ice bag if you want more immediate results. Ice bags have a significantly higher cooling rate than gel packs, and thus are more effective initially.[23]

Treating Inflammation and Injury on How to Do Skin Icing

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Place it over the place where you have an injury. For strains or sprains, leave it there for twenty minute intervals, between four and eight times per day.[24] Use a thin towel. Remove the cold compress for at least 40 minutes in between icings.[25] If you’ve had knee replacement surgery, ice your knee for thirty minutes before and after you exercise or do a physical activity in order to bring down swelling.[26]

Treating Inflammation and Injury on How to Do Skin Icing

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Apply an elastic bandage over the area when you’re not icing your injury. Keep the compress on through the night, if possible, unless it interferes with your sleep. Keep the injured area elevated as much as possible, which helps reduce swelling.[27]