Icing is one of the best stay-at-home remedies to get a healthy, mark-and-spot-free face. It is especially famous in a number of developing countries around the world, where women use it to retain the freshness and glow of their facial skin. In the recent past, metrosexual men have begun to lean towards it, too, but icing still remains a largely meant-for-women technique. If you are confused as to how it is done, have a look. The method is as simple as it is effective.
- Freeze water. Get a steel bowl, fill it with water, and allow it to freeze. The reason we are going for a bowl, and not for ice cubes, is that a cube of ice melts too quickly, and returning to the refrigerator for more every two minutes can be a hindrance.
- Empty the bowl and break the ice. Once the water in the bowl has frozen, take out the ice. Hold the bowl upside-down over a dish or pan in a sink, and open the tap. The tap water will cause the ice in the bowl to gently slide into the dish or pan underneath. Now break this mass of ice into smaller pieces. Make sure that the pieces are not too small - you do not want them too melt within minutes (that's the only reason we rejected ice cubes!).
- Wrap a piece of ice in cotton cloth. Any cloth that is soft enough, actually. Once the ice has been wrapped up, wait for half a minute. The piece of cloth will become cold and gently wet. You can now use it to ice your face.
- Begin icing by dabbing at your cheeks. Dab at your cheeks with the ice-containing cloth. Then travel up your cheeks, moving the cloth in a gentle, circular motion. Continue this motion for the rest of your face. If you have pimples, pause over them and softly press the cloth into your skin. Ice your forehead and chin.
- Rest ice over your eyes. Ice and eyes sound almost similar - and turns out they're good for each other, too. Close your eyes and press the cloth over them for a few minutes. If you feel too cold, stop doing it after half a minute and turn back to your cheeks, returning to your eyes a few moments later.
- Stop! Yes, it's time to stop. Like excess of anything is bad, excess of icing is bad, too. Stop after fifteen minutes, by which time your piece of ice will probably have melted entirely. If it melts too early into the icing, get another - two-minute icings are no great help.
- Dry your face with a towel. Choose a soft, clean towel to dry your wet face. When using the towel, never rub your face. Instead, dab at your face with it until you feel that your face is dry enough.
Icing your face once, and never doing it again, will be no good. Once you start icing, stick to it if you want to see results. Repeat it once or twice every day, especially at night before going to bed or after you have worked or been outside in very hot, dry or rough weather. And remember - when icing, 'gentle' is the keyword. You do not want to end up with a face all red and blue and purple. Cheers!