Beauty Tips and Secrets of the Snow Queen – Glowing Skin With Ice Cubes
When I was a child, I was fascinated by the story of a little boy Kai and his courageous sister Gerda from a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Year by year, while I was growing up, these two characters were also growing up in my imagination. However, the face of the Snow Queen that I had in my mind would never change: gorgeous, almost transparent, porcelain skin with a natural seductive glow on the cheeks.
There is hardly any woman who wouldn’t want to preserve her skin young and beautiful for the longest time possible. It’s hard to portray the Snow Queen with acne, under eye dark circles or wrinkles all over the face. When I became an adult, I discovered that the main beauty secret of the famous Snow Queen was a simple, small ice cube.
Yes-yes, don’t be surprised: a simple ice cube can do real wonders for your skin! The queen of Russia Ekaterina II was known for rubbing her face, neck and décolletage with an ice cube every morning to preserve her beauty and refresh her complexion.
The ice cube therapy can help minimize pores and control the oil production, it also can prevent premature aging and the appearance of wrinkles. Regular use of ice cubes will give your face fresh and healthy glow, so that you’ll look gorgeous, even with no make up on.
To prepare ice cubes I recommend using mineral water, instead of simple tap water. Herbal infusion is another great alternative. If you know what your skin type is, you can make a selection of the right herbs to help your skin stay fresh and healthy during long and frosty winter months.
For oily skin that is prone to acne, I recommend to freeze calendula, sage, coltsfoot or yarrow infusion. Here is how you can prepare your herbal infusion: add 2 table spoons of calendula flowers to one glass of hot boiled water and let it prepare for 10-15 min; then, filter the infusion, let it cool down, pour it into an ice cube container and put into the deep-freezer.
If you have dry skin you might want to try out camomile, parsley, lime-blossom or fresh mint infusion. (The mix of several herbs is also a good solution).
To reduce wrinkles, try green or black tea. These contain plenty of antioxidants that can slow down aging process. A couple of drops of lemon juice added to your herbal infusion will help you get rid of dark spots on your skin and make you look glowing from within.
Here is a quick tip to get even more benefits from your ice cube treatments: select 5 different herbs for your infusion and change the infusion formula every 2-3 weeks.
If you wear make up every day, just like I do, you might find my next tip useful: add a half teaspoon of olive oil or any other oil of your choice (almond oil, avocado oil, sesame oil or wheat germ oil) into the mineral water or cold herbal infusion before freezing it. Wipe your face and neck with these ice cubes before your makeup application. Such ice cubes, will soften and nourish your skin, preparing it for smooth make up application, and this, without using a cream.
Some ladies love using ice cubes made of fruit or vegetable juice. Apple, orange or pampelmuse juice are great sources of minerals and vitamins. However, I would recommend using fresh juices as a facial mask ingredients, rather than freeze it, because fresh juices can lose a significant amount of vitamins after being frizzed. You can find many awesome homemade face masks recipes on the pages of this magazine.
How to apply ice cubes?
Gently and quickly wipe your face, neck and décolletage with an ice cube, using soft massaging moves. Don’t press too hard and avoid being harsh with your skin, as you can damage tiny capillaries under the skin. As with all other facial treatments, I’d recommend you to avoid applying ice cubes on the eye area, as this is the most delicate and gentle area on the face, and thus, it should be treated with the utmost care.
Don’t pat your face dry after applying your ice cubes. Let your face dry naturally, this way your skin will get maximum benefits out of this treatment!
The frosty season has its beauty and charm, but during wintertime our skin gets the most vulnerable. Above, I shared with you how you can use the cold and the ice for the health and beauty of your complexion! Remember, you are a queen this winter!
Do you like using ice cubes for your skin? Feel free to share your own healthy skin tips and secrets in the comment section below.