While the latest trends in face sculpting include techniques like gua sha, cool sculpting, and face gym workouts, there’s a resurgence of interest in a simpler, more natural approach. Icing your face to depuff it is an age-old method that has been utilized for years. It’s often observed as a staple in the morning routines of Victoria’s Secret models before their shows. This practice saves major time and physical stress that your face has to endure with a multitude of creams and procedures. In addition, icing your face allows you to have a mini spa treatment at home.

How Does Ice Water Depuff your Face?

The science behind using ice water to depuff your face lies in its ability to constrict blood vessels and reduce inflammation. Through a process called “vasoconstriction,” blood vessels contract, which reduces blood flow to the area. This constriction helps to reduce swelling and inflammation, leading to a decrease in puffiness. The cold temperature temporarily numbs the nerve endings in the skin. This helps to alleviate any discomfort or pain associated with swelling. The appearance of the inflammation contracts and stays put, clinging on to the structure of your face.

The application of the ice water to the face can stimulate lymphatic drainage. This aids in the removal of excess fluid and toxins from the tissues. This helps to further reduce puffiness and promote a more toned and sculpted appearance to the face.

How To Do an Ice Water Bath Correctly

There’s many methods on this “ice water bath” trend. While most popularly seen as dunking your face into water for 30 seconds at a time, that just won’t work for many. For a safer and more relaxing process, start by preparing a bowl of ice water and gathering a clean towel. Begin with freshly cleansed skin, then dampen the washcloth in the icy water, ensuring it’s not dripping wet. Gently press the cold cloth against your skin, starting from your forehead and working your way down. Focus on areas prone to puffiness, like the under-eye area and cheeks. Hold the cloth on these spots for a few extra seconds. For an added depuffing boost, you can also gently glide an ice cube over your skin in circular motions.