* Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and am only sharing my own thoughts, experiences, and opinions. Please consult with a doctor before using any medicinal/herbal supplements or beauty products.
I think it’s safe to assume that approximately 75.58% of you have heard of the ice cube facial. For those who haven’t, read this article. For those who have, well, I’m here to step up the game and introduce you to the next level of ice cube facials.
Ice is a phenomenal (and quick!) way to prime your skin for the day. Not only does it reduce any puffiness and inflammation (us runners know this better than many), but it also refreshes the skin in ways that even some of the best facial creams cannot.
I truly believe in eating wholesome foods for optimal health, and do my best to steer clear of chemical-heavy beauty products for the same reason. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the same foods going into my stomach also occasionally end up doubling up as DIY beauty products. Skin is an organ too after all, it deserves equal care and consideration!
Now let’s chat about some of these magical versatile foods! Green tea is a popular drink embraced by foodies, hipsters, and health nuts alike, but it can easily be used as an effective beauty aid. Yet we’re not stopping there…we only want the best for our skin! Enter: matcha green tea powder.
Matcha is a type of potent green tea. It’s been said that it has over 100 times the antioxidants of regular green tea. Matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves that are later dried and ground into a fine powder.
So hopefully it’s now crystal clear why matcha powder is the perfect addition to any medicine cabinet. But why mint? This extraordinary herb provides much more than just a lovely smell! It serves it’s purpose as an exfoliant in this ice cube facial, but it also helps sooth the skin and reduce any lingering redness.
Green tea and mint and ice, oh my!
What You’ll Need:
– 2 Tbs. matcha green tea powder
– 1 Tbs. dried & finely crushed mint leaves
– 2 cups warm water
1.) Use a whisk to mix together all ingredients. Make sure that you use warm water to ensure the matcha powder doesn’t clump together.
2.) Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 4 hours until completely frozen solid.
3.) Pop the cubes out of the tray as you would with regular ice. Run the back of the tray under hot water for a few seconds if the ice cubes are difficult to remove.
4.) When ready to use: simply gently rub the ice cube around your face in a circular motion! Focus on your acne-prone areas, blackheads, under-eye circles, and any wrinkles. Use the top portion of the ice cube to gently scrub your skin, the bottom portion to exfoliate rough patches, and the middle smoother portion for calming relief. Take a look at the image below for more details.
The best part of this facial-in-the-palm-of-your-hand is that physics + gravity make it the perfect 3-in-1 tool. How cool is that?!? No pun intended…
After completely frozen, I prefer to remove the ice cubes from the tray and store them in a plastic baggie in the freezer. This way they’re quick and easy to grab every morning! Yes, it’s safe to ice once a day.
Fair warning – this facial can and will get messy! I suggest covering up your clothes with a towel and staying close to the sink to catch all drips.
– Don’t use an ice cube directly from the freezer! It can damage the sensitive capillaries in your skin. Allow the ice cube to sit for a few minutes before using.
– Be gentle with the skin below the eyes…dark circles are not pretty but hurting the sensitive skin is worse!
– If you can’t handle holding the ice cube directly, hold it with a plastic bag or paper towel to prevent frostbite
– Avoid icing for more than 5 minutes…facial skin is super sensitive and you don’t want to cause damage or frostbite
I hope you love this simple DIY beauty trick as much as I do!