Use Ice on Your Skin to Improve It

Want to add something new to your skincare routine? Today, we'll tell you how to use ice on your skin to achieve the results you want.
Use Ice on Your Skin to Improve It

Last update: 09 May, 2021

The use of ice on your skin is gaining fame in beauty routines because it0s considered useful to prepare your face before starting to apply makeup. Have you ever heard a friend say that right after washing and drying her face, she puts a cold compress wrapped in gauze or a cloth with some ice cubes? If so, you’ll already have an idea of what we’re about to tell you.

The trick of applying a little cold to the skin for a few minutes before applying makeup is to “close” the pores and thus achieve a much more homogeneous and lasting finish when applying makeup. At the same time, there are those who consider that this same trick helps to tone and revitalize the skin in a simple and quick way.

Most people are concerned about the health of their skin because, during the day, it’s exposed to many factors that can affect it. Environmental toxins, UV rays from the sun, and the constant practice of bad habits are just a small part of the things that can accelerate your aging process.

With all of the above in mind, today we want to tell you more about a natural alternative that you can practice every day to take care of your skin before applying makeup or before going to sleep, whichever you prefer.

Improve your skin with ice therapy

Some people are using ice cubes in their beauty rituals to complement their skin care, and the truth is that they’re a good alternative to improve blood circulation and give the face a healthier appearance.

Applying ice on your skin doesn’t diminish expression lines as such, nor does it prevent the appearance of blemishes or reduce the size of older acne marks. But it helps to close the pores and thus reduce the risk of these becoming “dirty” and presenting impurities later on.

Smoother skin

A woman rinsing her face in the sink.

Applying ice to the face seals enlarged pores, which can help reduce the appearance of impurities that cause it to lose its evenness and smooth texture.

Use ice on your skin as a toner

The following U.S. cosmetics patent states that applying a little ice before you start using products will help minimize the appearance of pores under makeup. This way, you’ll make your foundation look more even and flawless with a natural alternative, while making your makeup last much longer.

Improves circulation

An article published by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons states that cold (by causing blood vessels to constrict and improving circulation) reduces swelling. For this reason, some people apply it to relieve various discomforts, such as pimples.

Diminishes dark circles under the eyes

A woman looking at the dark circles under her eyes in the mirror.

In the same way, popular wisdom indicates that the continuous practice of this trick would help to attenuate black or purplish coloration under the eyes, thus helping to mitigate the tired look.

Corrects imperfections

Being anti-inflammatory, ice can soothe irritations and redness caused by pimples and insect bites, among other issues. In fact, the following article published by the Journal of the Colombian Association of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery recommends the application of ice at the end of some surgical treatments.

In order not to burn the skin, it’s essential for the ice to always be wrapped in a thin cloth or sterilized gauze.

How should you use ice on your skin as a facial treatment?

If you want to get the benefits that this trick offers, the next step is to add it to your beauty routine. Moreover, it doesn’t take a lot of time to perform.

However, keep in mind that it’s not an immediate solution to skin problems. The key is to be constant in its application in order to see the results and, in case of doubts, consult a dermatologist.


A woman holding ice cubes in her hands.

What you’ll need

  • Ice cubes
  • 1 hand towel or cloth

Step 1

First, clean your face well. Be sure to remove all traces of makeup and dirt.

Step 2

Then, wrap a few ice cubes in a towel or cloth.

In fact, the following article published by the Nursing Foundation of Cantabria highlights the importance of doing this gesture. This is because if you apply it directly, you can break the capillaries under the skin and cause burns.

Step 3

Next, massage your face using the ice. Use light pressure for one to two minutes on each side. For example, make circular motions around:

  • The jaw and chin
  • The forehead
  • Cheeks
  • All over your nose

When you reach the eye area, use more delicate motions.

Step 4

Finally, after you apply the ice, use a toner or a moisturizing product.

Remember not to apply the ice for a long time and, if you have oily skin or blackheads, you can complement this trick with an anti-acne treatment or lotion.

Natural ingredients to prepare ice cubes

For additional benefits to prevent premature aging, prepare ice cubes with anti-inflammatory and skin-friendly ingredients. To do this, you can use the following:

  • Rosewater
  • Witch hazel
  • Lemon juice
  • Green tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Cucumber water

It’ll take you only 5 minutes to perform this trick. Also, try to do it in the morning and evening for best results.

We hope this natural skin care alternative works for you and that you add it to your beauty routine. However, remember to apply the ice on your skin with gloves or a cloth and, if you have any doubts, don’t forget to consult a dermatologist.

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