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Benefits of Ice Baths For The Skin and Face.

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Are Ice Baths Good For The Skin?

Ice baths have been known to benefit the skin due to the cold water restricting blood flow temporarily. When your skin warms, blood flow returns, improving complexion, collagen and colour.

Do Ice Baths Reduce Acne?

Ice baths are known for their anti-inflammatory responses and therefore could offer calming qualities to acne-prone areas of the skin.

Is it an Icy Fountain of Youth? Or just a Farce?

People are often looking for innovative and natural remedies aiming for radiant and youthful skin. The benefits of cold therapy, or ice baths for the skin and face have gained a lot of attention recently, but it’s quite an ancient practice dating back to Ancient Greeks and Romans.

Hollywood actresses, Marylin Monroe and Joan Crawford and many others were known to have facial ice baths in their secret arsenal for a beautiful complexion. These days cold therapy has been embraced by all walks of life.

Whether you’re taking a full body plunge or just dunking your face as an ice facial, cold water can help promote more radiant, and healthy-looking skin. This is done by bringing oxygenated blood to your skin cells which in turn promotes cell turnover, tissue repair and improved colour.

The best news is that you don’t need fancy gadgets or expensive treatments. You can simply incorporate this while you’re taking an ice bath by immersing your face between 2 to 5 seconds at 30-second intervals.

Let’s explore the science behind ice baths for the skin and the potential skincare effects they can have on your face.

Enhanced Blood Circulation

Ice bath benefits the muscles and helps to speed recovery when they have been strained, or overworked from intensive exercise.

When your face comes into contact with ice-cold water, the blood vessels constrict, which reduces blood flow temporarily. But, as soon as you remove your face from the ice-cold water, your body responds quickly by increasing blood circulation to the area.

The oxygen-rich blood surges through to help nourish your skin cells while promoting collagen production, and an improved overall skin texture and tone.

It is possible that regular ice baths for the skin could contribute to a healthy, natural glow.

Inflammation and Redness are Soothed

Struggle with inflammation, eczema, redness, or irritation on your face?

It is possible that ice baths` for the skin could offer some relief. We know the cold temperature of an ice bath often helps to constrict blood vessels, not only does it help with inflammation it also aids in reducing redness.

This can be beneficial for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin.  

Pro Tip: Remember to always use fresh clean water if you have skin conditions, old or reused stagnant water can breed bacteria and exacerbate conditions. Also, remember to follow up with your regular skincare routine to maintain optimal skin health.

Want to Minimise Puffiness and Eye Bags? 

A benefit of ice baths for the face that is noticeable is their ability to quickly reduce puffiness and under-eye bags, which may happen the morning after you drink alcohol or if you have hay fever or other allergies. Once again it is the cold temperature constricting blood vessels that helps reduce the appearance of swollen tissues.

As a bonus tip, gently massage your face during the ice bath to enhance lymphatic drainage. This helps by reducing fluid retention and leaving you looking refreshed and rejuvenated.

Additionally, swirling your arms to massage your face slightly agitates the water breaking the warming barrier between the surface of the body and the water. A natural protective process that your body undertakes to protect itself. By breaking this barrier, it enables your body to get even colder

Tightens and Tones the Skin

Unfortunately as we age, our skin will gradually lose its elasticity. This leads to sagging and wrinkles. While it can’t stop the passage of time ice baths can help fight this natural process by temporarily tightening the skin.

The cold temperature will cause the skin to contract, which in turn will provide a temporary lifting effect. Like most natural remedies consistency is key; regular use could assist in the improvement of the appearance of fine lines and promote a more youthful complexion.

Calming and Refreshing

It’s certainly a challenge plunging into icy cold water and it appears, and as crazy as the process might seem, having an ice bath could indicate we’re a special bunch of individuals.

The cold sensation will most definitely awaken your senses, boost circulation, and leave you feeling more invigorated than any triple-shot cup of coffee would.

However, understanding the benefits that ice baths can have as part of your skincare routine at the same time can serve as an unexpected benefit that could align well with your daily, self-care ritual providing an endorphin hit to break up the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Go ahead, and embrace this icy challenge, and discover the potential benefits an ice bath can bring to your face and well as your body!


  • Fiona Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C

    Editor: Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s been an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.

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  • Dale Folland

    Dale is a seasoned Nutritionist with over two decades of experience in the health and wellness industry. His expertise has been sought after by elite groups such as NZ SAS Soldiers and NZ Fire Service, where he has contributed to optimising their performance and well-being. Dale is also a renowned speaker and educator and his work has been recognised in publications like the Daily Mail and various US media outlets.

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