When a heat wave strikes, skin cooling is the ultimate treat for tired skin. Especially after a sun-drenched day outside, popping on a frozen facemask can be the perfect way to wind down. Some experts say that the only benefit of chilling your favorite products is sensory: it just feels good. While others are known skin-cooling- stans, like Michelle Lee, Allure EIC and proud mini skincare fridge owner. Did you know you needed a skincare fridge? Neither did we, but we’re not mad at it. 😏
While stashing your serums and creams in the refrigerator might not change the overall health of your skin, skin cooling is known to help reduce redness, soothe excessive irritation or swelling, and can help firm and tighten the skin. The cold temperature is key because cold can promote micro circulation, which can improve skin-cell turnover for radiant, youthful skin. Considering the summer heat, your skin might be suffering from more swelling and redness than usual- so why not give skin cooling a try?
Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, usually due to visible blood vessels in your face. You know when you’re red af after a workout? That’s all the blood rushing beneath your skin! To combat this, cold topical treatments can cause your blood vessels to constrict, visibly reducing the appearance of redness temporarily. So when it comes to cooling masks for that post-gym workout, we love Tracie Martyn’s Complexion Savior. Store this mask in the refrigerator till cool and apply a thin layer to your face and neck for 30 minutes. Before you know it, the redness should be gone!
Hack: Celebrity facialist Joanna Czech suggests applying an ice cube on the skin after applying your products because it can help “pull” products deeper within the skin, sealing it all in. If you feel weird about the ice cube, this is a great opportunity to chill your jade rollers and gently massage the mask into your skin for an extra boost.
Swelling / Inflammation
This east coast heat wave is a lot. My AC has been broken for the last week and getting my full 8 hours of sleep has been rough. As a result, I have been waking up with puffy eyes. Cold temperatures are known to decrease swelling by reducing blood flow (Think: using frozen peas to help out with a sprained ankle). When it comes to brightening your eyes and faking the well-rested look, your best bet might just be a chilled eye serum. After cleansing and toning, pull French Girls’ Néroli Eye Serum from the fridge, and roll onto the orbital bone gently until well absorbed. The cold temperature helps tighten the skin around the eyes to reduce swelling so you’re ready to head out the door looking awake and ready to go.
Hack: For some extra skin cooling, place a chilled *clean* spoon on your eye sockets as you wait for the eye serum to absorb beneath the skin.
Fine lines and wrinkles can worsen with sun exposure. While we know you’re already living your best #hotgirlsummer wearing that sun protection, Herla's Kakadu Plum Hydrating Antioxidant Multivitamin Cream is packed with vitamins essential for strengthening your skin’s firmness and integrity – perfect to add to your sun-defense routine this summer. Pop this cream in the fridge and apply to your cleansed face and neck. This nourishing cream, along with the cold temperature, can help protect against collagen-loss, and help minimize the appearance of fine lines.
Hack: The skin on our necks is pretty thin. So the loss of collagen that comes with age tends to be more noticeable around the neck⎼ where skin becomes loose. To help prevent your skin from falling, gently apply an ice roller and massage down the neck to help reduce toxins and promote firmness and elasticity. The pressure with the added benefit of the cold temperature can help prevent and reduce drooping skin.
While there’s some uncertainty on whether skin cooling makes a difference deep within the skin, I think these topical benefits are tempting enough to try these hacks out. Even if skin cooling didn’t help reduce redness, minimize pores, soothe swelling, or tighten the skin - At the very least, it feels good. So maybe sometime before the summer sun packs its bag for the Fall, chill your favorite facial mist and give yourself a little spritz after a long day.