Just when you thought you had all the tools needed in your arsenal, we’ve got another one for you. Did you know that you can smooth, firm, and promote healthy skin by harnessing a natural element and using an ancient technique? How exactly? Just chill; we’ve got you covered.
What Is Skin Icing?
Skin icing is an age-old wellness technique. Any type of cold therapy, or cryotherapy, works to soothe, reduce the appearance of puffiness, and calm the skin. It’s often used on the body by athletes to reduce deep muscle swelling associated with exercise.
Using chilled beauty tools is a form of cold therapy for your complexion and is trending in spas and at-home skincare because of its simplicity. Gently roll them across your face for a quick way to look refreshed. Essentially, they give a de-puffed and lifted effect.
What Is an Ice Roller?
An ice roller is a manual, handheld skincare tool to massage your face. They can be a flat stainless-steel roller or a gel-filled globe. This keeps them chilly for a longer duration so they can work their magic, as opposed to pure ice, which would quickly melt. Of course, if you have a jade roller, you can chill that too. The cooling action constricts blood vessels, which leaves skin looking firmer, making for an overall fresher and smoother appearance, and glowing, even tone.
Store it in the freezer or fridge and use it as part of your daily skincare ritual for a spa-like treatment at home!
Ice Roller Benefits
Reduce the Appearance of Puffiness
Similar to the benefits of gua sha, ice rolling helps drain fluid and toxins, which helps reduce the appearance of puffiness from within. This can be especially effective for dark under-eye circles in early mornings.
Whether you just had an abrasive skincare treatment, have a breakout, or have sore muscles, an ice roller is a great way to help calm your skin. The cold application will soothe your skin, reduce the appearance of redness, and promote healing and recovery from within.
Visually Minimize the Appearance of Pores
The skin uses pores to help regulate temperature, and keeping them closed is a way to keep your skin warm. So, cold therapy temporarily closes the pores and minimizes their appearance.
Promotes Blood Circulation
Ice rolling and cold-therapy shock the skin and trigger a holistic healing response by flushing the targeted area with blood. More blood flow means more oxygen and richer nutrient delivery, which helps to flush away toxins, giving your complexion a healthy glow.
Helps Your Skin Absorb Product
Ice rollers help constrict both the blood vessels and your pores, locking in active ingredients. We recommend using an ice roller about 5-10 mins after applying your products to seal them in.
Helps Reduce Occasional Headaches
A cold compress can help! The next time you have a headache, we recommend applying a cold face mask and using an ice roller.
Alleviate Mild Sunburn Discomfort
There are few things that can soothe common sunburn as well as cold therapy can. Apply a thin layer of aloe and gently roll over the sunburnt area to soothe.
How To Use an Ice Roller
You can use your ice roller at any time for a quick cooling moment of zen, but we recommend using it on freshly cleansed skin.
When using an ice roller on your face, make sure you use it in an upward motion, like with most face tools. Begin from the center of your face and move outward.
We recommend applying slightly more pressure while rolling it upwards as this will help lift your skin. You can gently roll your delicate undereye area as well to wake up tired eyes. Go through these motions for about 5-10 minutes until you feel sufficiently relaxed.
If you rolled over a serum like our Glow Serum, you can clean with soap and water or a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol after each use. It’s best to place it in a separate bag or container to keep it free from contamination.
Almost any skin type can benefit from cold therapy and ice rolling. Those of you with sensitive skin can start easy and see what your skin can tolerate. A chilled jade roller from the fridge might be the most gentle approach.
Of all the benefits we love about ice rolling, our favorite is it’s a quick and easy way to show yourself a little self-care! It fits in perfectly with our morning skincare ritual to awaken our complexion, tired eyes, and our minds. With this energizing way to start the day, you’ll be ready to roll with a bright and smooth glow.