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People have been using ice as a part of their skincare routine for ages (Marilyn Monroe was a fan), and with good reason too. The hack requires no prior planning, and might be the only miracle-working ‘skincare product’ that’s also totally free. Scroll ahead to find out why ice has won the celebrity vote (from both Bollywood and international stars) time and again.

Celebrities Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif love their icy skincare hack

Cold temperatures cause the blood vessels under the surface of your skin to constrict, leading to a shrinking effect on the appearance of your pores. By virtue of its temperature, ice is able to soothe irritation and inflammation, which is ideal for those dealing with sensitive or redness-prone skin. Alia Bhatt once told Vogue India, “If I wake up in the morning and my face is very puffy, I just dab some ice on it,” and Katrina Kaif uploaded a video of herself dunking her face in ice to re-energise herself for an early morning at work, while priming her skin for makeup application too.

Why Ice is the jack of all trades in your skincare routine:

If you’re jet-lagged, hungover or have eaten too many fries

Using an ice roller (like the ISA ice roller or the Stacked Skincare Ice Roller) or a couple of ice cubes wrapped in a linen cloth on your face will reduce puffiness and fluid retention almost instantly. Roll across the forehead and temples, around the eyes, down the cheeks, around the mouth and jaw and downwards on the neck—waking up and stimulating the lymphatic glands to drain. The skin will feel toned and calmed, and if you add it to your routine, you’ll spot a contouring effect too.

If you spent all of last night watching Netflix

If Netflix’s psychological thriller You left you too scared to sleep, or you had a long night out on the town, you know you’ll see its effects on your puffy eyes the next morning. Before applying your makeup, roll a cube of ice around the under-eye area, draining the fluid from the inside corners of the eyes. This will bring relief and help reduce inflammation.

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