Benefits Of Washing Your Face with Cold Water

A good skin tip that I share with my clients is that after cleansing the skin, give a final rinse or just splash your skin with cold water, as this offers several benefits to the skin.

Have you noticed why your face looks a little puffy in the morning just when you are up from the bed? This is because when we sleep our cells regenerate hence our pores expand and our faces seems a little puffy.  A splash of cold water is all that you need. Washing your face with cold water has magical effects, especially in the morning. Here are few other benefits of washing your face with cold water:

– It tighten your pores. After washing your face with hot water, splash some cold water on it so that it closes your pores. Not just this, it also soothes your eyes.

– Cold water works great as an anti-wrinkle cream! It tones the skin making it look fresh and younger. Use cold water regularly to wash your face as it will slow down the aging process and helps to fill out the wrinkles on your face.

– It also helps you get rid of the harmful effects of sun’s rays, as cold water tightens and protects the pores that gets opened up when the skin is exposed to sun’s harmful rays. The tightening of pores may also help your make up to stay on longer.

-Reduces post-shower redness by constricting capillaries and fades the flush in the skin. 

-It may help your products absorb better because when the capillaries instantly constrict, it creates a pulling effect on the skin, which may help to pull your products deeper into the skin, allowing for increased and enhanced results.

My experiment taught me that all that hype about the ice water facial was certainly not for nothing. Even though I initially doubted it’s ability, I can confidently say that the frigid polar plunge constricted my pores, de-puffed my skin, and gave me glowing skin — just as all those celebs and websites had promised. And there’s also no doubt it woke me up (that’s for sure!). But considering it requires uncomfortably dunking your whole face into a bowl of freezing cold water, I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday.

Perhaps it can be an occasional treat on a special day, preparation for a big event, or even a last resort when your skin is feeling extra dull and tired. Even though I loved the way my skin glowed and felt all day long, I can’t imagine making the ice water facial part of my daily routine.

So next time you are finished cleansing your skin, remember all the benefits that can be revealed with a simple splash!



Sun Care for Eyes

We would like to share our best tips to keep UV rays from harming your eyes and help prevent visible signs of aging.

Sun care for eyes begins with facial sunscreen. It must be rated SPF 30 and labeled “broad spectrum,” which means it protects skin from the two main types of UV radiation: UVA rays and UVB rays.

Because the skin around the eyes can be more sensitive, look for sunscreens or for eye creams with sunscreen that contain only the mineral actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Among sunscreen ingredients, these are the least likely to cause stinging, even if they get into the eyes.

Here are more essential steps you can take to protect the skin around the eyes, and the eyes themselves, from direct light:

  • Wear sunglasses year-round, every time you’re outdoors, even if it’s cloudy—UV rays penetrate clouds.
  • Look for sunglasses labeled as providing “100% UV protection” or those that have an E-SPF rating, which measures the amount of protection the lenses provide from UV rays. Sunglasses not only look great, but also protect the eyes from numerous health issues.
  • When shopping for sunglasses, choose a wraparound style. This style protects your eyes and the skin around them from UV light that sneaks in from the sides and top of other sunglass styles.
  • Any sunscreen for your face should be fragrance free and loaded with antioxidants. The wide variety of antioxidants found in non-fragrant plant extracts, vitamins, and food ingredients like green tea work in combination with sunscreen to help skin around the eyes look younger and resist further visible signs of aging.
  • Consider using a concealer with sunscreen. You can apply this, or a gentle, mineral-based facial sunscreen, around the entire eye area, including on the delicate eyelids.
  • Eat foods rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. They’re found in leafy greens like kale and spinach, kiwis, grapes, and zucchini. Research has documented their protective role when eyes are exposed to UV radiation.

If you have any tips besides this feel free to share in the comments!