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!

Cover Image Credit: Author's photo

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The thing about Serbian Women is:

  1. Her wardrobe consists of the the color black
  2. She talks super loud but she’s not yelling
  3. She always talks with her hands
  4. She thinks it’s a HUGE turnoff if you can’t kolo
  5. She has a liver of a champ; I promise you she can outdrink you and friends… combined
  6. If you piss her off she is not afraid to leave you and find another man
  7. Her attitude can change within 2.5 seconds
  8. She knows if you cannot drink with her family, you guys cannot be together
  9. “Do not underestimate how many cevaps she can eat.” She can eat like there’s no tomorrow
  10. She cannot sit on the floor because then her ovaries will freeze and she won’t be able to have children
  11. Her name ends in an a
  12. She can’t leave the house with wet hair because promaja
  13. She went to Serbian school
  14. She loves bread
  15. She loves men
  16. The closest thing to medicine you will get from her is rajika on a krpa (then she’ll give you some to drink)
  17. She’s smart
  18. She’s not a cheap date
  19. She’s high maintenance
  20. She can make Srpska AND Turska kafa
  21. She won’t trust right away but once she does she’s all yours
  22. She can roll burke, pita, and kupus like no other
  23. She holds a grudge
  24. She LOVES meat
  25. She danced in a Serbian folklore group
  26. She has a white and brown pair of opanke
  27. While in folklore she lost every bobby pin she ever bought
  28. When she sees something dirty she feels this urge to clean it
  29. When Severina, Lepa Brena, or Sandra Afrika come on she’s going to dance
  30. She doesn’t need to join a sorority because her “sisters” have been with her, her entire life
  31. She went clubbing for the first time when she was 15
  32. She will turn into her mother, if she hasn't already
  33. She went to church camp
  34. It takes her forever to get ready
  35. She went to Sunday school
  36. She knows someone everywhere she goes, whether it’s the mall, grocery store, or the Motherland
  37. She knows being Serbian means the world to her and she won’t change that for anyone

Whenever Srpkinja Je Mene Majka Rodila, comes on every Serbian woman gets goosebumps. That’s a song that speaks to our hearts and makes realize that we were born to be Serbian.

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