When temperatures outside get cooler, reaching for a bucket of ice might not be the first beauty trick that comes to mind. But incorporating ice into your skincare routine can actually be a great way to add an instant glow when winter skin dulls.
13 Beauty Uses for Ice
We already know that ice can work wonders on painful sunburns in the summer, but it can also treat puffy eyes and pesky zits and add radiance to skin year-round. There are so many hacks for using ice, including starting your day with lemon cubes. Here are 13 more refreshing ice cube beauty ideas!
1. Cucumber + Honey Cube Cleanser
For a glowing skin cleanser, try a frozen facial scrub. Cucumbers are naturally cooling and soothing to skin irritations [source] while they gently clean and moisturize the skin.
Start by pureeing a cucumber, then add a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of honey, pour into an ice tray and freeze. Before using, I like to let the cube sit for 30 seconds or so to soften slightly.
Gently rub the cube over your face and neck, using the icy slush to exfoliate. You can let the juice sit on your face for 5–10 minutes before rinsing.
2. Green Tea Puffy Eye Cubes
Green tea has become one of my facial favorites. With plenty of antioxidants [source] and a dose of caffeine, it’s a perfect eye soother. You’ve probably heard of using old tea bags on your eyes, but I like the iced tea treatment even more.
Brew a cup of strong green tea (or even black tea) and pour it into an ice cube tray. Apply a cube to dark circles and puffy eyes, and the caffeine and ice combo will reduce swelling and excess fluid around the eyes.
3. Instant Ice Water Facial
I started doing this after Giada mentioned it in her book, Feel Good Food. She starts her day the same way every day: yoga, a glass of water with lemon, and a face dunk in ice water.
Trust me—it will definitely wake you up! Plus, the cold contracts the blood vessels and tightens everything right up, giving you an instant morning face-lift.
4. Shrink a Pimple
When you get a zit, try ice to reduce the pain and swelling. Apply an ice cube (in a plastic baggie, not directly to the skin) for 5 or minutes or so, and it will not only help the redness but also relieve the pain.
5. Icelandic anti-cellulite body treatment
This Icelandic technique for tackling cellulite on the body is so easy and virtually free. It’s based on the simple principle that increased blood flow helps muscles do their job of holding things up and removing toxic buildup.
It’s also great for general well-being. And unlike the Swedish equivalent of hopping in the sauna and rolling in the snow, this doesn’t require a bravery award and can be done at anytime of year.
—Plastic cup or ice pop mold
—1 cup water
—1 handful of rose petals or dried roses, optional
—Tea towel or similar towel
1. Pour the water in the plastic cup or ice pop mold. Place in freezer and wait until frozen solid.
2. Take the ice block out of the freezer and place on plate near shower.
3. Have a warm to hot shower.
4. Before drying off, pick up the ice block using the tea towel and massage the whole body with the ice block, concentrating on the lumpy bits.
5. Follow with a body moisturizer. This Caffeine Butter Bar will also help give cellulite the wriggle on.
6. Do this once a week for three months and once a month for maintenance after that.
6. Ice Cube Rosewater Facial
The same warm/cold combination can be done as part of a home facial to tone sagging skin. Rosewater may be the perfect cure for refreshing dry winter skin and beating the winter blues. Aside from its natural toning, relaxing, and anti-inflammatory properties [source], rosewater feels refreshing and downright glamorous.
If you already have a bottle of rosewater in your medicine cabinet, you can simply pour it into an ice tray to freeze into cubes. If you don’t have any on hand, making your own rosewater at home is also a really simple (and cost-effective) option.
—Plastic cup, ice pop mold or ice cube tray
—1/4 cup of rosewater or water
—2 handfuls of rose petals or dried roses
1. Pour the rosewater or water in the plastic cup, pop mold or ice cube tray. Place in freezer and wait until frozen solid.
2. Boil a kettle-full of water. Pour boiling water into a bowl with rose petals. Take rosewater ice block out of container and place on a plate next to bowl.
3. Hold face eight inches above the boiling water and cover the back of the head and bowl with the towel to trap the steam. Stay there for a minute.
4. Holding the rosewater ice block with the towel, massage the face and neck with the ice, avoiding the nose and upper cheeks.
5. Tone and moisturize as usual. This rosewater toner is a great follow-up option.
7. Use Ice as a Makeup Primer
Before applying makeup, rub an ice cube over your skin to tighten and shrink pores. Who knew a fast and free alternative to expensive primers was waiting in our freezers all along?
8. Pain-Free Eyebrow Tweezing (Almost)
Hate tweezing? Who doesn’t? You can make it less painful by rubbing an ice cube over your brow before, during, and after tweezing. It will numb the skin slightly and reduce any redness and swelling.
9. Enhance Your Favorite Skincare Products
After applying serum or using your favorite face mask, run an ice cube over your skin. The ice will constrict capillaries and help to seal in your product, allowing its ingredients to penetrate deeper.
10. Aloe Sun-Soother Cubes
We love aloe vera juice around here! For a simple sunburn soother, pour pure aloe vera into an ice cube tray and freeze. Apply to scorched skin for instant relief.
Even if you’re not getting much sun this winter, these aloe cubes still come in handy to soothe irritated areas [source] and moisturize dehydrated winter skin.
11. Lavender Ice Face Massage
Facial massage is one of those things you do and always think, “I should definitely be doing this more often.” It feels so pampering and relaxing.
For an easy massage, wrap a handful of ice cubes in a bath rag, add a few drops of a soothing essential oil like lavender, and gently massage your face and neck before bed. The massage and ice will improve circulation and calm inflammation, and the lavender will help you get a good night’s sleep [source].
You can also make soothing lavender ice cubes to soothe skin itching and irritation. Just add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a cup of water and freeze, then rub on affected areas.
12. Beat Bloat with Pineapple
Pineapple is one of the greatest sources of bromelain which is a digestive enzyme that can help combat bloating and gas. Toss a few cubes into your water and sip away.
To make about 16 ice cubes, fill a traditional ice cube tray with 2 cups of fresh pineapple juice. I juiced 1 large pineapple, including the core. The core has the highest amount of bromelain. You can also use canned or frozen pineapple juice.
13. Freeze Your Face Mask
Homemade face masks are always a great part of a home facial or to use in between esthetician visits to prolong the benefits of a facial. But it can be tough to mix up just enough for one face mask—you want the benefits of using fresh ingredients, but if you make too much, what do you do with the leftovers? No one wants it to go to waste!
We have a solution that’s nothing short of genius. Freezing small amounts for later use in an ice cube tray is a fantastic way to have a mask at hand any time you need one, and it will avoid wasting those precious ingredients.
This tropical enzyme-packed mask is great for aging skin, pigmentation problems, or overall exfoliation. Full of alpha hydroxy acids, vitamins A and C, and polyphenols, this mask will help dissolve dead skin cells while moisturizing the skin.
One ice cube is usually the perfect amount for a single mask. A bonus of making masks to use later is it will allow you the benefits of ingredients even when they’re not in season.
Papaya Mask for Aging Skin
- 1/2 fresh papaya peeled and seeded
- 1 cup pineapple
- 5 strawberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Ice cube tray
- In a blender combine all ingredients and blend until pureed.
- There is usually enough water in the fruit to puree well, but if you need to add a little water to blend it smoothly, go ahead.
- Pour into ice cube trays whatever does not get used immediately and freeze for a later date.
- Whenever you would like a mask, pop out a cube and defrost by placing in a bowl and leaving it on the counter until soft.
- You can mash with a fork as it softens and then apply with fingertips, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water, follow with moisturizer.
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.624
Rebecca Payne says
Great Tips. I can't wait to try them.
I really love the tea cube idea! I use tea ice cubes to give a better flavor to iced tea, so I sometimes have some on hand. I am so trying this!
I agree ice cubes is best remedy for beauty tips and It works awesome for pimples or acne aswell. I have personally tested it.
dear friends al skin r different okay….Am using ice cubes nw friends..stil waiting 4 result.
Is it okay if I rub the ice cubes on my face? I mean, is there no side effects or something?
hey Jacquelyn I’ve read about your skin disaster and it sounds as though those face wash you’re using aren’t working at all. the best alternative right now is to go natural and by that I mean swap those face wash you have and start using raw ingredients on your face… nothing beats the old technique and trust me when I say that IT IS 100% GUARANTEED that you will see a MAJOR DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY YOUR FACE LOOKS. it’ll look more radiant and all those black heads and unwanted spots will vanish in no time.. i’m talking from experience dear. what i’ll recommend for you to start off with will be TUMERIC. nothing beats this yellow guy.. your dark spots will vanish with consistent use of this dye… use it everyday, day and night and you’ll see amazing results. you can even do some research on it yourself… try it for yourself! good luck!
Jacquelyn Cowart says
Can someone please tell me what to do with my face… I mean washing it with what? I’m 52 yrs old and my face looks like a teenagers in puberty at its prime!!! It’s oily… sometimes. Then I wash with pimple wash and I get dry, scaley patches. The worst part … I start picking and digging at black heads and pimples!!! So now my pores are open and I’ve got little trauma sites all over my face! Nothing works! Any advice or suggestion would be so greatly appreciated.
Great ideas :D I’ll have to try the green tea “eye” cubes.
cynthia biley says
Hey everyone! Do we use the cucumber honey cleanser method on a daily basis??Thank you!!
hira khan says
I love cucumber and green tea ice cubes. they help to lighten dark circles.
Heather Roberts says
And if you don’t want the ice cube melting in your hand and slipping all over the place, use a Nuby mesh frozen baby food holder. It has a nice grippy handle and a fine mesh pocket to put the cube in. It will keep your hands dry and the frozen ingredients on your face.
I definitely know what you mean about sticking your face in the freezer! For a mid day pick-me-up I’ll rub an ice cube over my face. It’s refreshing and gives my makeup a dewy finish.