If you thought Katrina Kaif spares a fortune to keep her apricot-and-cream-like complexion glowing all the time, you are wrong! The young diva follows a rather simple yet effective beauty hack that gives her face an instant glow right from the morning. No fancy skincare products, no messy DIY face masks; some ice cubes are all she requires to address her skincare problems. Katrina's morning ritual includes dunking her face thrice in a bowl filled with ice-cold water. Yes, you read that right!
To ease out that summer heat this season, we all need a cooling sensation for our skin. And what better way than to do it with chilled and cold ice? While drinking chilled beverages seem like heaven in summers, just imagine what wonders it can do to your skin? The hydrating properties of ice help in easing out burning sensation and inflammation, close open pores, and help in giving your skin an effervescent glow, not to mention a long-lasting makeup too! Simply, roll a few ice cubes wrapped in a linen cloth over your entire face, covering your under-eye area, upper lips, and T-point to arouse the lymphatic glands to drain and curb puffiness.
Benefits Of Using Ice On Your Skin
Well, we are sure an ice facial is a key to naturally glowing skin and summer is the perfect time for you to take on this beauty trend to up your skincare routine. So, without further ado, here you go!
1. Improves Blood Circulation
Rubbing ice on your face first thing in the morning helps enables proper blood circulation which in turn promotes clear and glowing skin. It also lends a soothing and calming sensation to the skin.
2. Eases Acne
Were you aware that icing can ease and reduce acne too? Well, it is the most natural way to ease out those breakouts and unwanted zits. Using ice on acne-prone skin can help reduce redness, soreness, and the possible appearance of acne.
3. Lessens Pores
The presence of enlarged pores on the skin can render dirt and other elements to stick to the skin. Here's where ice facial comes to the rescue. It is a great way to minimise open pores and shrink their appearance in turn. Ice works as a natural toner and hence also controls the production of excess sebum.
4. Eases Skin Irritation
If you're complaining of a burning sensation following a laser, peel, or exfoliating treatment, brew some chamomile tea and freeze it as ice cubes, and then rub the chilling block all over the affected area for a calming effect. If your eyebrows or upper lip feel raw post threading or oil waxing, rubbing ice over it will help get rid of the redness and dermatitis that can possibly erupt.
5. Reduces Skin Inflammation
Ice is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is a great pick to ease out all the inflammation caused by excess summer heat. It also helps in getting rid of puffiness on the face and around the eyes and mouth.
6. Makes Your Makeup Stay Longer
Dip your face in a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes before makeup. Dab your face dry with a clean towel afterward. Begin your makeup ritual after this, and you will see that your makeup will stay for longer than it usually does. Most Korean beauty pageants swear by this simple yet effective technique.
7. Eliminates Dark Circles
Applying ice cubes under the eyes after a night out with friends is one of the potent remedies for dark circles. You can mix some rose water and cucumber juice, and freeze this mixture and apply the ice cube to your eye area. Repeat the procedure a few times to see visible results.
There are several old-school benefits of ice water in keeping your face firm and glowing, reducing acne and dark circles. As you carry on with the ritual, your skin may start to feel numb with the cold ice water, but doing this twice or thrice a week will give you effective results.