Beyond their immediate, refreshing feeling, cooling ingredients and coolness-inducing products offer more than just a temporary sensation. They have been found to contribute to the overall well-being of the skin and are a beneficial addition to a healthy skincare routine. Read on below to see how you can begin to incorporate cold therapy into your skincare steps:
WHY IS COLD THERAPY BENEFICIAL?
When applied topically, cooling ingredients or products can help soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, minimize redness, and provide an incredibly refreshing sensation. They are highly beneficial in two categories:
- Soothing and Calming: Cooling sensations can help soothe the skin, especially after exposure to environmental stressors like sun exposure or harsh weather conditions. They can provide immediate relief to irritated or sensitive skin by reducing discomfort.
- Reducing Inflammation: Cooling ingredients are vasoconstrictive; they induce your muscles to tighten your blood vessels, therefore shrinking the space inside. In turn, this can significantly help reduce inflammation. This effect can be particularly beneficial for individuals with skin conditions like rosacea or acne, where inflammation plays a significant role.
A 2019 study–published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology–investigated the effects of a cooling gel on skin inflammation. The researchers found that the cooling gel significantly reduced the erythema (redness) and skin temperature in subjects with experimentally-induced inflammation.
HOW TO INTEGRATE COOL ELEMENTS INTO YOUR ROUTINE
Cooling products and sensations can easily be implemented into your already existing routine. We love integrating the Hot Mess Ice Roller in the morning to contour, tighten and de-puff your skin. The all-aluminum roller gets cold fast and stays cold longer than most other ice rollers.
Other ways to introduce the benefits of the cold into your lifestyle include adding a 60-second ice-cold rinse after your shower; taking a weekly cold plunge at your nearby lake; or simply keeping your sheet masks or skincare tools (such as the Mount Lai Rose Quartz Roller or the Mount Lai Jade Gua Sha Tool).
And of course, you can always opt for products that integrate cooling elements in the formulations, such as:
FRANCE LAURE COOLING GEL MASK - MOISTURIZE
IS CLINICAL HYDRA INTENSIVE COOLING MASQUE
BIOPHORA MULTIVITAMIN FREEZE MASK
It's important to note that while cooling sensations can provide temporary relief and benefits for the skin, they may not directly treat underlying skin conditions. If you have specific concerns about your skin, it's always advisable to consult a skincare professional for personalized advice.
Until next time, stay cool!
The BSE Team