Ice cubes for even and radiant skin are advised to be used not only by beauty bloggers and stars, but also by cosmetologists and dermatologists. They are especially effective with the addition of natural ingredients – chamomile, aloe, mint … BeautyHack.ru – about all the nuances of this home procedure: from benefits and contraindications to expert recipes.
How to make and use ice cubes correctly
– Take a regular ice cube tray and freeze it in the refrigerator for about 8-12 hours. Take out 1-2 cubes and wipe your clean face, – says Ksenia Fedotova. – Life hack: to keep the cubes more comfortable, you can wear simple medical gloves.
At the same time, Danish cosmetologist Ole Henriksen in an interview with Vogue USA recommends wiping your face with ice through a cotton cloth. The effect will also be!
The main thing is not to press on the face with an ice cube, not to linger on one area, to move along the massage lines. The procedure time is determined individually, but it should not be more than five minutes; beginners can even start with a few seconds.
Another option is to use ice cubes only for the eye area. Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in New York, advises running an ice cube in gauze (preferably chamomile or coffee infusion) from the inner corner of the eyes to the temple, or applying the cubes to the eyelids as a compress.
“The procedure with ice cubes can be done only in the absence of open skin lesions,” warns cosmetologist Ksenia Fedotova. – It is not recommended to wipe your face with ice in case of rosacea, wounds. Cold exposure can only make the problem worse.
Top 8 ice cube recipes from experts
The choice of Ksenia Fedotova, beautician of the Keep Looking salon chain in Moscow:
1) Cucumber ice cubes
This is the most popular recipe. Chop the cucumber on a grater, squeeze the juice from the pulp. Pour it neat into molds or dilute with a little water. Such cubes perfectly tone up, refresh and brighten the skin from age spots.
2) Ice cubes with aloe
Grind the pulp of the plant (obtained from the leaf) in a blender, squeeze, dilute with water and freeze. These cubes are suitable for dry skin: they eliminate flaking, a feeling of tightness and heal minor inflammations on the skin.
3) Ice cubes with chamomile
Brew chamomile infusion, strain and pour into a container. Some add a small amount of alcohol (it eliminates fat content well). Chamomile ice is an excellent antiseptic, relieves redness, smoothes fine expression lines and slows down the aging process of the skin.
4) Ice cubes with mint
The recipe is the same as with chamomile, but the effect is different. These cubes cleanse the skin well. It is especially good to do this procedure in the summer: thanks to it, the pores are less clogged, and a fresh blush appears on the cheeks.
5) Green tea ice cubes
Cook according to the previous recipes. Effect: gentle cleansing, reducing inflammation.
6) Ice cubes with parsley
Parsley cubes are also made from the infusion of the plant and will be effective for anti-aging effects. Parsley is enriched with vitamins and minerals that promote natural rejuvenation.
Choice of Ole Henriksen, a Danish beautician and skincare manufacturer based in the USA:
7) Rosehip Ice Cubes
Brew rosehip tea, strain and pour into a container. Rosehips are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, so ice cubes reduce inflammation and add glow.
Selected by Francesca Fusco, dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in New York:
8) Coffee ice cubes
Brew coffee, strain and pour into a container. Use ready-made ice cubes for the area around the eyes to get rid of puffiness and dark circles.
9) Rose Petal Ice Cubes