When you need to cheapen your beauty routine without compromising the results, there is one A-MA-ZING product you probably have never even considered. It’s easily available, incredibly cheap and suits all skin types. What is this miracle product? Well, wait for it… it’s water! Or to be precise, ice. As well as making sure you drink enough water as your main source of hydration and to keep you beautiful on the inside, you can use ice (sometimes with some added extras) in your beauty routine to keep your outside looking gorgeous.
1. Use Ice as a Makeup Primer
We all know the importance of using primer to prep your skin before applying your makeup. However primer can be pricey and sometimes it is hard to condone such an expense. You’ll be glad to know that there is a cheaper alternative. Simply rub an ice cube over your face to freshen up your skin before you apply your foundation; this will make your makeup lasts longer on nights out.
2. Tighten up Your Skin
Ice shrinks the size of your pores, smoothing your complexion and easing wrinkles. Using ice in your beauty regime will also help to banish acne and will promote your blood circulation. All you have to do is wrap a few ice cubes in a paper towel and rub it across your skin for a few minutes before you go to sleep. This will tighten your skin and freshen it up ready for the morning.
3. Relieve Puffy Eyes
Is a late night showing up under your eyes? Brew up a cup of green tea and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Once frozen wrap the cubes in a flannel and rub it gently under your eyes to reduce the puffiness. Another way to use ice to get rid of puffy eyes is to freeze wet cotton pads and place them on your eyes. This works a little like cucumber, but if you haven’t got any of that in the fridge then this will do the trick just as well.
4. Reduce Redness of Spots
Ugh, not another pimple! Rub ice cubes over the area to shrink the spot and reduce any redness before you apply your spot treatment. If you are prone to scars then you will be glad to know that ice cubes can help to decrease the size of any scars caused by your acne. If your spot is particularly painful then it will also numb the area, while giving it a clean.
5. Numb Your Brows While You Pluck
If you’re anything like me then plucking your eyebrows makes you sneeze, swell up and wince in pain with every hair you pull. Try this: before you tackle your brows, rub an ice cube over the area to help reduce swelling, pain and redness. When the feeling starts to come back and the pain returns, simply rub the cubes over the area again. This way to use ice cubes is a godsend. If you want pain free plucking then you have to try this!
6. Sunburn Relief
If you’ve been sunning yourself and have ended up red and sore then you will be glad to know that there is a solution to your pains. When you’re burning up, pour aloe vera gel with some water into an ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer. When it is frozen, rub the cubes on the affected areas for an instantly cold relief to the sting of sunburn. Make sure that you use plenty of sun block next time you go out in the sun to avoid the burn and health risks.
7. Healthy Glow to Your Skin
This one of the ways to use ice is my favourite. Freeze diluted orange juice in an ice cube tray, pop out the cubes and rub them over your face for a minute or so. This will leave you with a healthy glow as it will act as a type of cleanser for your face. You might want to rinse with clear water afterwards as it can leave you a little sticky!
Did you know ice is this good at keeping you beautiful?