Skin icing is a beauty trend celebs love—here's your guide to use an ice face roller

Chill your way to glowing skin, quite literally.

05 January, 2024
Skin icing is a beauty trend celebs love—here's your guide to use an ice face roller

The quest for luminous and radiant skin has led enthusiasts to explore various beauty rituals. One trend that has gained prominence, thanks to celebrity endorsements and its visible impact on the skin, is the art of 'face rolling'. This technique draws inspiration from the practice of icing the face, a method beloved by celebrities such as Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Hailey Biber, and more. 

Icing the face, which involves gently massaging your face with four or five ice cubes covered in a soft cotton cloth for a minute or two, promotes blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and tightens the skin. But if you are seeking a more convenient and controlled approach, the ice roller emerges as a star player. It is hassle-free and equally effective. Here’s all you need to know about the benefits of using ice face rollers before using them. 

Eliminates puffiness around the eyes 
The elimination of puffiness around the eyes through facial icing or ice rollers is attributed to the vaso-constriction properties of cold therapy. When the cold roller is applied to the delicate skin around the eyes, it prompts the constriction of blood vessels, reducing blood flow and minimising excess fluid accumulation. This, coupled with the stimulation of the lymphatic system, aids in the efficient drainage of fluids, diminishing puffiness. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory effects of cold therapy play a crucial role in soothing and calming the tissues around the eyes, addressing underlying inflammation, and contributing to a refreshed and revitalised appearance.

Improves blood circulation and promotes a healthier skin
Using facial icing or ice rollers contributes to improved blood circulation, fostering a healthier complexion. When ice is applied to the skin, the blood vessels constrict temporarily, followed by a rebound dilation. This process, known as vasodilation, enhances blood flow to the treated area. Improved circulation brings with it a surge of oxygen, nutrients, and immune cells, promoting overall skin health.

Reduces oiliness 
Ice rollers help constrict the skin's oil glands, effectively regulating sebum production. This simple yet potent technique offers a swift solution for those contending with excess oil, leaving them with a temporary matte-finished skin.

Tightens pores
Facial icing also helps tighten your pores, as the cold temperature causes the skin to contract, ultimately reducing the size of your pores, too. Regular application of cold therapy helps maintain this tightened pore effect, contributing to a refreshed and revitalised skin.

Further is a beginner's guide to start using ice rollers: 

Cleanse your face 
Begin with a clean face to ensure that the ice roller is applied to fresh and dirt-free skin. Use a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type.

Prep the ice roller (Of course)
Place the ice roller in the freezer for at least a few hours or as mentioned in the product instructions. Ensure it's adequately chilled before use.
Pro tip: In most rollers, you can also freeze cucumber juice instead of water. Do check the label before you try it.

Start with your forehead and move to the cheeks 
Begin rolling from the center of your forehead and move towards your nose, ears, and cheeks. Repeat several times, always moving in an upward direction.

Don’t miss out on your under-eye area 
Use the smaller end of the roller for the under-eye area. Start from the inner corner and roll outward. Be gentle and avoid applying too much pressure.

Repeat as needed
You can repeat the process for five to ten minutes or as recommended by the product instructions. Avoid excessive pressure, and reduce the intensity if you experience discomfort.

Do NOT forget to clean your roller 
Clean the ice roller with a mild disinfectant or soap and water after use. Allow it to dry thoroughly before placing it back in the freezer.