I have typical redhead skin. I frequently experience flare-ups, redness, breakouts, and rosacea. Ice cubes are, surprisingly, the best relief I give my redhead skin. I discovered this trick a few years ago when I was testing a face mask for an H2BAR Box and broke out into a huge rash across my cheeks, forehead, and chin. Disclaimer: That particular product was NOT included in the H2BAR Box! My skin became very inflamed and it was a natural habit to reach for ice to help. I noticed an immediate soothing feeling and began researching the benefits of ice for the face.
I now incorporate it into my skin routine 2-3 times a week — sometimes more! If I have a breakout, I use it as a spot-on treatment and I notice my breakout decreases 50-60% immediately. I also use it together with my serums and love how my skin feels afterward.
How to prepare the ice for your face:
Simply wrap 6-7 small cubes in a thin cotton handkerchief and massage it across the skin. You’ll feel immediate relief (especially if you have discomfort).*
How to apply it:
I dab it on my skin for 15-20 minutes — continuously moving the ice around the face in circular motions. I massage the ice from the center of the chin along the jawline to the earlobe, then upward towards the highs of the cheekbones, under-eye region, and across the forehead. Repeat the massage to get the firming, contouring effect. I usually do this while relaxing in the bathtub or on the couch. I find it incredibly relaxing and soothing so I enjoy every minute of the experience. If you do not have time, you can do it for 5-or-so minutes but for maximum results, relax and let your skin reap the benefits of ice.
The ice will increase blood circulation, minimize pores, and soothe inflammation for clear, radiant redhead skin.
Another great tip is to freeze a cucumber and give yourself a soothing ice facial! Watch the TikTok tutorial below:
How to use ice with beauty products:
After cleansing my skin, I prefer to use a ‘Redhead Friendly’ approved serum with ice because serums are designed to retain moisture — and ice will make the capillaries restrict. This will create a pulling effect that helps the serum ingredients penetrate deeper. This is a great practice for morning or night and especially good for the mornings when you wake up with puffy skin.
After I apply serum and ice, I lock in the moisture with a favorite moisturizer. I swear, my redhead skin looks so beautiful the next morning after a great night of sleep.
Rock it like a Redhead!
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*Always test small areas of the skin to see if this practice is right for you. If you struggle with redness or rosacea, experts caution against applying anything that’s too hot or cold to the face. Always consult with your esthetician, dermatologist or medical professional.