Skin icing - aka facial cryotherapy – has become one of the biggest trends in the world of skincare over the past year. From watching influencers run ice cubes over their faces in lockdown to the emergence of a whole new host of tools and skincare products that harness the power of the big freeze, skin icing is here to stay. And this is why.
So why are we icing our faces?
Applying a cooling product to the face works to tighten the skin and draw the blood to the surface. The result is a more sculpted face and glowing complexion. It’s also brilliant for reducing any puffiness, helping boost circulation and push out toxins, leaving you feeling wide awake and rosy cheeked. Remember cucumber on the eyes back in the noughties? Think this but tenfold.
What are the benefits?
The depuffing, sculpting and tightening should be enough to keep you interested. But if you need a few more benefits to add to the list, try lymphatic drainage, reducing the appearance of pores and leaving the face looking more lifted. The Swedish have long used ice within their spa practices, ft. icy plunge pools and rolling in the snow, and this is no different. The effects are instant, meaning you can use as a quick fix for reactions or make it a regular feature in your routine for longer term benefits.
What beauty tools do you need?
Things have come on a little since you had to slice up cucumbers, leave your teaspoons in the fridge or run an ice cube over your face. These days, there are lots of clever tools at your disposal. Pop Skin Gym’s Cyrocicles Pink Bead Facial Ice Globes in the freezer for a few minutes and roll over the face, working inwards to outwards, to push toxins out. As a final touch, leave over the eyes for 10 seconds to de-puff. Don’t fancy things quite as chilly? Go for the Rose Quartz gua sha tool which can be stored in the fridge and offers a light touch. Or Foreo’s Ufo 2 which has a five-degree cryo function designed to reduce pores and inflammation.
What about cooling skincare products?
Many skincare brands are adding cooling products to their lines. The hottest new launch of the year is Charlotte Tilbury’s Cryo Mask, a sheet mask ft. cooling gel bead pockets and metal beads that target acupressure points in the face. While Origins’ clever Skin Pore-Perfecting Cooling Primer, minimises pores and instantly reduces shine pre-makeup application.