I Tried The Ice Bath Facial So You Don't Have To

I Tried The Ice Bath Facial So You Don't Have To

Half terrifying, half intriguing, this beauty trend has raised some eyebrows.

I am personally always intrigued by any new or seemingly ridiculous beauty trends. When I read about the newly popular "Ice Facial" I was immediately interested. Several beauty websites, even Miss Lauren Conrad, herself have spoken highly about this. The general idea is that you create basically an ice bath for your face which you submerge yourself in for between 20-30 minutes, obviously taking breaks to BREATHE at your discretion.

The promised health benefits of this Ice Bath Facial are quite impressive. Several websites boast results such as reduced puffiness and redness. The effects additionally have psychological aids such as reducing stress and regulating heart rate. Something about the feeling of being submerged even partially in icy water makes our body go into a quasi-recovery state as it feels like it is in danger, while it is obviously not actually in harm's way.

The main initial attracting points for this was the fact that all of the materials (water!) and a large bowl were free and easily available. I am always skeptical about spending money on a new beauty product if I am afraid I will dislike it (broke college student here!), but the affordability of this facial is undeniable. Additionally, I am quite allergic to many things, so the guaranteed hypoallergenic aspect of this was also quite attractive.

So here is my honest review of this Ice Bath Facial: effective, but not worth it. While I could see myself incorporating this into my morning routine when I am feeling a bit extra dull or out of it, ultimately it was too time-consuming (who really has 20 minutes to spare in the morning) and a bit painful. The feeling of submerging my face, truly was a shock.

I did see some possible minimal improvements in the overall appearance of my skin but that could possibly be me just fooling myself into believing 20 minutes of ice to the face was worth it. It was absolutely an energy booster, but I might be opting for a more slow and steady approach to waking up, instead of something this harsh so early in the morning.

Some websites suggest opting to simply rub an ice cube over your face instead of this process and that is something I could see myself being more in favor of. Ultimately no harm no foul. I lost no money on this beauty endeavor and possibly learned a new trick for my extra sleepy mornings.

Despite this not making the cut for my daily beauty regimen, it is always interesting and fun to experiment. Keeping an open mind is the easiest way to discover new favorites... so keep searching and keep trying new things!

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Don't Eat Like Sh*t And 8 Other Ways To Get A Perfect Summer Bod Like Mine

No but seriously... get up and get your butt to the gym!

Moms, dads, boys, girls and, most importantly, college students: summer body season is approaching us. As much as we have it set in our (un)determined minds, we are going to get that summer bod before we hit the beach.

So, take my advice and lets rock n' roll.

1. Drink water

I can't stress this enough... drop the soda and sweet tea, and start drinking water all day every day.

2. Go to the gym 5-6 days a week

As most of you have experienced, going to the gym and staying IN the gym is hard... but as soon as you go for a week or two straight, you won't want to stop going.

Here's a little workout to get you started.

Day 1: Back

Run 1 mile (inside or outside)

Pull-ups (5 sets: 3, 3, 2, 2, 1)

Straight arm pull down (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Shoulder shrugs (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

V-bar pulldowns (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Day 2: Legs

Run 1 mile (inside or outside)

Barbell full squat (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Leg press (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Seated leg curl (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Leg extensions (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Standing calf raises (4 sets; 8-10 reps)

Step ups with dumbells (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Donkey kicks (4 sets, 15 reps)

Day 3: Arms/Abs

Preacher curl (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Hammer curls (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Decline EZ bar Tri-Extension (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Crunches (4 sets: 25 reps)

Flat bench lying leg raise (4 sets: 25 reps)

Cable crunch (3 sets: 10-12 reps)

Planks (front, left, right: complete 3 sets on each side until failure)

Day 4: Rest!!!

Day 5: Chest

Incline dumbbell press (3 sets: 8-10 reps)

Decline dumbbell bench press (3 sets: 8-10 reps)

Dumbbell flies (3 sets: 8-10 reps)

Cable Crossover (3 sets: 8-10 reps)

Run a mile+

Day 6: Shoulders/Abs

Upright barbell (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Front dumbbell raise (4 sets: 8-10 reps)

Russian twists (4 sets: 25 reps with weighted medicine ball)

Opposite arm and leg raise (4 sets: 25 reps)

V-ups (4 sets: 25 reps)

Day 7: Rest!!!

Remember, on your rest days you should do some cardio and drink plenty of water. If you don't know how to do something listed, look it up on YouTube.

3. Don't eat like sh*t

Instead of eating three bowls of fruity pebbles in the morning, eat a banana and a peanut butter sandwich. When you go to work, don't eat out on your lunch break! Pack a sandwich and some fruit. You don't need a cheat day! It isn't worth it. Stay away from the pizza and the candy, you can fill those cravings with baked chicken and yummy fruit!

4. Take pictures of your progress

Seeing your progress through pictures is more motivating than it seems! Post about it on social media, hype yourself up! I mean... you're kicking butt. You have the right to boast about it. ;)

5. Find a friend to take on this challenge with you

Personally, I like to workout alone... but having a friend to do this with you will make it fun! Not only are you getting a hot bod, but you're also making memories while you're at it!

6. Buy a new swimsuit and clothes to wear

To match your new hot bod of course.

7. Be confident!

Going to the gym isn't easy, and neither is dieting... but it will be well worth it! Before you know it, you'll be on the beach with tanned skin and a big booty.

8. Don't give up

This is the hardest part of the whole process. Even on your worst days, be sure to make it to the gym! You can do it. Find your inner bad b*tch and get it done.

9. Last but not least...

Do this for you! You deserve it more than you think. The healthier you are, the happier you are.

So screenshot the workout, share this article so your friends can get with the program, and head to the gym! The beach is waiting on you.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Mullins

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The Best 4 Tips And Tricks To Perfect Self-Care

It's one thing to be hygienic, but it's also important to pamper yourself

Everybody gets stressed out. The key to stress is how you deal with it. Self care is a super important part of your everyday lifestyle. I know I struggle with self care myself. There is a difference between being hygienic and going about your everyday life and just caring about yourself. There are a few things that I like to do to focus on my self care when I am feeling a little extra stressed or just need to unwind.

1. Face Masks

Face masks are God's gifts to the world. Whether you are a male or female, face masks are so soothing and so great for your skin. After wearing a nice face mask for about 10 minutes, I feel so refreshed and replenished. I like to do a pore strip for just my nose and then slap on a face mask sheet or peel off mask before bed.

It is so relaxing you can grab a book or just listen to music while you wait to remove the mask. There is just something so relaxing and stress relieving about face masks. I highly recommend you go out to your local Walmart or pharmacy and grab a few cheap face masks. Definitely worth it.

2. Take a bath

On top of doing a face mask you can take a bath. There is something so amazing about a nice hot bath with a bath bomb or some bubbles to freshen up your day. Light some candles, grab your laptop, and just lay in the tub and watch some Netflix. You can even grab a glass of wine to really make the night better.

I know a bath is not the ideal way of cleansing your body, but it is more about relaxing and taking time to care for yourself mentally and physically. You can get cheap bath bombs at Bath and Body Works or even just Walmart. Taking a bath is the best way to unwind after a long, stressful day.

3. Take a walk

Sometimes you just need some fresh air. The best way to clear your mind and just get away from everything and everyone is to take a walk outside. Even if it is just a quick stroll around campus or down your street it is nice to get outside for a little. I know when I am overworked and stressed out I need to just walk it out.

Taking a walk helps me just think about all the beautiful things around me and not worry about anything. It is a short escape from reality, but definitely a big help. It is a fast and easy way to get some exercise and clear your mind of any worries or struggles.

4. Take a nap

After class or a long day it is nice to just lay down and nap. Set an alarm for 30 minutes to an hour and just drift off. A nap will help you just wind down and give you a break from everything. I know sometimes it feels like you are just wasting time, but that is why you set an alarm for just a short amount of time.

It will refresh your mind and give you a little boost of energy to finish your day. I love napping because I can just replenish myself and get away from everyone. It is a nice self care activity to just treat yourself to a relaxing activity after a hard day.

There are many other ways to self-care, but these are the four that I do the most frequently. Self-care is super important and is vital to keeping your mental health in check. Without self-care I know I would not be as upbeat and happy.

I need to unwind and just think of myself for a while and these are the methods I like to use to do that. Find what you like and what you enjoy and do it. Do not hold back from making yourself happy.

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