Ever wonder how the actresses of classic Hollywood looked so great without all the advanced beauty tools we have available today? While researching these women's techniques on getting ready, I came across the star Joan Crawford's infamous "ice facial." It was believed that Joan splashed ice water twenty-five times across her face, every time she washed up. Pretty intense.
However, it is true that icing can improve the look of your skin. Even Kate Moss is said to soak her face in a bowl of ice water and cucumbers the morning after a night out. So what makes this technique so beneficial?
One advantage is increased circulation. Icing gives you that glow and rosiness usually only achieved after a brisk walk on a chilly day. In addition, icing helps your skin products absorb better, can bring down redness in any acne you may have, and reduces facial puffiness, giving your cheekbones a more contoured look. Though scientists say we cannot change the shape of our pores, somehow icing also seems to make pores look smaller, albeit temporarily.
Though I don't use Joan's exact method, I've been icing my face for a while now, and will most likely never stop! My everyday tactic is running an ice cube over my face after I wash it. I focus on the eyes, gently moving the ice from the inner corners to the brow in a circular motion. This helps push excess fluid out from under the eyes. When I have more time, I wash and exfoliate my skin, followed by the ice facial. I fill up a big bowl of ice water, and submerge my face in there. I then do a bit of the face splashing approach, and follow the whole thing up with one more ice cube to run over my skin.
Icing couldn't be more affordable, and is one of the best ways to perk up your skin quickly.