If you’re a beauty junkie like me, you spend a lot of time scrolling through skincare hacks on TikTok and Instagram, and the most recent beauty trick I stumbled across came from none other than Bella Hadid.
In a recent Instagram carousel, the model shared a bunch of relatable pictures and videos, which included makeup-free moments and enjoying some pizza. But there was one video that really stood out to us and it involved Bella dunking her face into a bowl of ice.
Forget morning breath, do you ever just wake up with a puffy swollen morning face? If your answer was no, well, you’re one of the lucky ones. But if it's a resounding yes, don’t worry because Bella seemingly does, too, and to counteract it, she relies on a bowl of ice to help de-puff her face.
If you didn’t already know, this is actually a skincare hack that some of our favourite celebrities swear by. But what’s so special about the ice that we can find in the bottom draw of our freezer next to the frozen chips and Linda McCartney sausages, you may ask?
Well, we've spoken to consultant oculoplastic and ophthalmic surgeon Dr Elizabeth Hawkes, who weighed in with all the facts.
'When you apply ice to the body for health reasons it’s usually known as cold therapy, or cryotherapy and is often used to ease pain and reduce the swelling of injuries,' explains Dr Hawkes, who practices in advanced facial aesthetics. 'For example, when you apply an ice pack to a swollen ankle or a bruise to help reduce the swelling.'
She continues: 'There are a number of ways in which the benefits of ice can be used on the face, from ice rollers to face masks that you put in the freezer before use, to submerging your face in a bowl of ice, like Bella Hadid.'
'The idea behind using ice to de-puff the face is that icing constricts the blood vessels in your face, which can lessen the appearance of pores and wrinkles and make you look brighter and more radiant. [It] also boosts circulation, bringing blood to the skin’s surface and helping to restore optimum cell function, as well as reducing redness and puffiness,' adds Dr Hawkes.
Right about now, you may be thinking this all sounds great but you might want to proceed with caution.
Dr Elizabeth recommends that before using any ice on your face 'it’s always best to check with your doctor first, especially if you have any pre-existing skin conditions or health conditions.'
She also advises avoiding keeping the ice in contact with your skin for too long 'because prolonged exposure to ice can result in ice burn'.
So, if you really don’t want to give up on the late-night-turned-4am-TikTok-scrolling session, looking into the benefits of cryotherapy may be for you. Though, you may be better off using the ice spoon hack instead.
It's also worth remembering that this is only a quick fix and as a wise woman (my mum) once said: skin prep starts the night before!
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