Should You Ice Your Face?

It’s a model and celebrity secret that has been around for decades, and it’s as easy as opening up your freezer. From beauty icons like Joan Crawford and Kate Moss comes a sneaky and affordable way to instantly depuff your face and shrink your pores. Ladies, meet the ice facial.

Turns out the practice of using ice on the face has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and ancient practices, and today, it’s used in similar ways. There are two ways to achieve the glowing effects of an ice facial. You can either soak your face in ice water for 10–12 second intervals (this is harder than it sounds) or you can simply wrap an ice cube in a tissue and gently run the cube over your face for about 10 seconds at a time.

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Not only do ice facials make you feel instantly awake, but they also promote circulation in your skin and give it an instant glow. Studies have also found that exposure to ice water allows you to reset levels of the appetite hormone leptin, which can lead to faster fat loss in the body (an added bonus, of course).

The bottom line: If it’s good enough for Kate Moss, it’s good enough for us.