Every celebrity, from Kate Hudson to Katrina Kaif, swears by ice bath facials as their go-to morning ritual. But does immersing your face in ice water really work? Here's the truth about it, shares Dr. Geetika Srivastava, Dermatologist and Founder of Influennz Hair and Skin clinic
What Is Ice Facial Or Ice Bath?
It is also known as a cryofacial because it uses cold temperature to rejuvenate the skin. This type of cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, has been tried for body sculpting (via a procedure called coolsculpting). The original cryofacial involves spraying liquid nitrogen all over the face, which freezes the skin and aids in exfoliation and skin rejuvenation. A traditional liquid nitrogen facial, on the other hand, should only be performed by a skilled professional because there is a high risk of ice burn, pigmentary changes, nerve damage, and even blistering.
And now we have the ice facial, which has become extremely popular, particularly among celebrities, due to its simplicity, accessibility, and numerous benefits.
Benefits Of Ice Facial
• Soaking your face in an ice bath first thing in the morning can help you to instantly wake up. But that isn't the only advantage of taking an ice bath. The low temperature of the ice is responsible for the majority of the benefits of an ice facial. Ice in skincare is more than just stories. We've all seen our elders ice a burnt area or use ice to soothe red, inflamed skin.
• Ice or any form of cold temperature reduces blood flow to the area, resulting in less reducing redness and flushing. This is how it helps to relieve sunburn and skin inflammation.
• It also promotes lymphatic drainage of the skin, reducing puffiness and swelling, particularly around the eyes.
• Cold temperature causes piloerection, which can temporarily shrink open pores. This can also be used as a natural skin primer before applying makeup. Try icing your face before applying makeup to see what kind of airbrush finish you can achieve.
However, Here Are Few Things Icing Will Not Help With:
• Reducing acne: Acne is caused due to hyperactivity of oil glands with/without hormonal changes. Icing does not improve acne at any cost.
• Collagen induction and skin tightening: Collagen and elastin induction results in skin tightening benefits. These are accomplished through procedures such as thermage, ultherapy, dermal fillers, and threads. There are no conclusive studies demonstrating the benefits of ice for skin ageing.
• Improvement in wrinkles: Muscle overactivity causes wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is the only clinically proven wrinkle treatment.
Precautions While Taking Ice Facial
• Use a clean setup, which means that your hands should be clean, your face should be cleansed before applying ice, and your ice cubes should come from a clean ice tray filled with clean water.
• Ice should never be used for more than 10 minutes at a time or more than three times per week. Ironically, ice can also cause "ice burn." So be cautious.
• If you have sensitive skin, avoid using ice directly on it. In such cases, cover the ice with a muslin cloth.
Ways To Use Ice Facial
When using an ice facial in your skincare routine, do not limit yourself to water. Although there are facial tools such as facial globes and ice rollers available around the ice, you can transform your "plain Jane" ice cubes into something exotic and effective. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, try using green tea water ice cubes, aloe vera ice cubes, and rose water ice cubes. Milk and malai-based ice cubes provide the dual benefits of icing and milk peel for dry skin.
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