Facialists and make-up artists have recently been putting on hold for radiant and pure skin. Find out more about the ice-cold beauty secret.
It sounds like a little cooling off for hot summer days, but it is an effective beauty trick for the whole year: a treatment with ice cubes. Whether as a natural make-up primer or to accentuate the cheekbones - ice cubes are the beauty secret of numerous top facialists and make-up artists.
YouTube star and make-up professional Lisa Eldridge swears by so-called ice facials, for example, to make fatigue and jet lag disappear from the faces of the models. Do you keep struggling with redness? Then bring an ice cube to the roof of your mouth, where the receptors for the blood vessels on the face are. In this way, acute irritations can be alleviated, explains skincare expert Renée Rouleau from Austin. No matter what condition your skin is in, experts agree that ice cubes can promote blood circulation, shrink pores, relieve inflammation and ensure clean, radiant skin - especially when enriched with green tea, coffee or milk become.
The star facialist Ole Henriksen has been using ice cubes for a long time. "They improve the blood circulation in the skin and thus ensure the healthy glow that we all want," he says. For an even greater effect, it also freezes fresh rose hip tea, which contains a lot of vitamin C, as well as antioxidant green tea. He recommends wrapping an ice cube in a thin cotton cloth and then using it to massage the skin.
The ice trick can also increase the effectiveness of your favorite care products. "If you apply a serum and then treat the face with ice, the capillaries narrow and there is a pulling effect that ensures that the active ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin," explains Rouleau. The internationally known beautician Joanna Czech is also a fan of it - especially when applying a mask. After using "The Brilliance Brightening Mask" from La Mer, she lets ice cubes wrapped in gauze slide over her face.
But to get a nice glow in no time, you can also do it like Kate Moss. The supermodel is known for soaking his face in a basin of ice water to counteract morning swelling.
For those who are a little more sensitive, Henriksen has the following beauty tip: fill a bowl one-third with milk, which contains cell-regenerating vitamin A and lactic acid with a natural peeling effect, and add ice cubes. Then dip a cloth in the ice-cold mixture. "Put it on your face for 15 seconds and repeat this up to five times," he says. Or try the face sculpting trend and slide an ice cube from the center of the chin along the jawline to the earlobe, then up to the cheekbones, under the eyes, and over the forehead. Massage your face in this way for five minutes to tighten the skin and define the contours of the face.
The causes of blemishes and acne are usually bacteria. Cold can help relieve pain and inflammation. To do this, Rouleau alternately places ice cubes and warm compresses on the appropriate areas and repeats the process up to six times. "This stimulates blood circulation, calms the immune system, and clears out impurities," she says. Dr. Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology in New York City, amplifies the effect by dissolving an aspirin tablet in warm water before freezing it. Acetylsalicylic acid helps dry out impurities.
In the case of redness or rosacea, experts warn against putting something too hot or cold on the face. However, you can still reduce the reddening of the skin by placing an ice cube on the roof of your mouth and thereby narrowing the blood vessels on your face, as Dr. Fusco explains.
According to Czech, ice cubes can be used in two different ways to care for the eye area. "Take a cold compress made of cotton and chamomile tea and place it on your eyes for a few minutes," she explains. "Or wrap ice cubes in gauze bandages and gently rub them from the inner corner of the eye up towards the eyebrows." Both methods support the lymph flow and make signs of tiredness disappear. Another trick: Dr. Frusco uses frozen cubes of coffee because the astringent properties of caffeine reduce puffiness.