29 August 2021

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.

Ksenia Fedotova

Ksenia Fedotova

beautician of the Keep Looking salon chain

– Rubbing your face with ice cubes, especially after a busy day at work or in the morning after waking up, refreshes. The treatment improves blood circulation, adds radiance and resembles the famous Korean salon method “Ice Facial”. Also, ice helps to get rid of swelling, reduces redness and soothes irritations. You can use an ice cube as soon as you notice that there is redness, this will stop the tissue inflammation. The effect of the procedure will double if you freeze ice with natural ingredients. For example, with herbal decoctions, you will get a natural toner that will shrink pores and make your skin smoother and more even.

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.

Choice BeautyHack.ru:

9) Rose Petal Ice Cubes

Boil water and add fresh and clean rose petals (preferably a homemade rose). When the water has cooled, pour it into ice cube trays. In rose petals contains a high level of natural fatty acids that have moisturizing and anti-aging properties.