Whether you’re an avid beauty sleuth or somewhat of a skincare novice, chances are you will have tried one of the many facial tools that are circling the net. From gua shas to microneedling rollers to the many exfoliating gadgets, there’s a whole medley of treatments to help us look after our skin without even stepping foot in a clinic.
And if you’ve had a scroll through Instagram, checked the New In section of your go-to beauty retailer or tuned into any daytime talk shows recently, you will have noticed that there’s a new “cool tool” on the block – ice globes for the face.
The world’s newest skincare obsession marries up the beauty and convenience of a jade roller with the visible benefits of cryotherapy – making the expert-led treatment more accessible for those who don’t have the time or capacity to make it to a clinic or who want to save a little on professional beauty treatments.
It’s an especially effective treatment for those who spend all their money scouting out the best eye creams on the market to try and tackle constantly puffy eyes. So we’ve spoken to the experts to find out exactly how to use ice globes on your face and eyes in the most professional way. And we’ve even picked out a bunch of our top picks on the market right now.
These could be set to become such a non-negotiable part of your skincare routine that you’ll be willing to cut down on the Ben & Jerry’s to reserve a permanent space in your freezer.
The benefits of ice globes for the face
Using ice globes on the face is essentially a DIY cryotherapy treatment. By refrigerating or freezing your tool before use and then carrying out a massage ritual on your skin, you’re lapping up nearly all the benefits you would from a professional cryotherapy facial, which include:
- Brightening skin
- Reducing puffiness
- Sculpting jawline
- Constricting pores
- Activating collagen production
- Tightening and firming skin
“Cryotherapy means ‘cold therapy’ and is a technique when the face and/or body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for a specific amount of time,” explains aesthetic doctor Dr Maryam Zamani.
“In the facial area it instantly sculpts and brightens the skin, encourages vasoconstriction, reducing blood vessels – promoting a firmer, more toned complexion,” adds OLIVIEREWILSON founder and Cryo Ice Sticks creator Catherine Wilson. “This invigorating treatment brings the face alive, giving a refreshed, more rested appearance.
“They are great to reduce fluid retention and contour the face, prolonging that just-back-from-a-hike look,” explains Catherine. “More blood flow with oxygen means that more nutrients are delivered, leaving the complexion looking healthy and plump. The cold temperature also helps to constrict the pores and bring a fresh glow to the skin, providing the perfect base before applying make-up.”
And while the ritual can help to ease tension in the cheeks and jawline and tighten up the skin on your face, it works especially well when it comes to treating puffy eyes and working to get rid of eye bags.
“There are SO many reasons for puffy eyes,” says Dr Maryam. “It can be from diet, lifestyle (alcohol), too much or too little sleep, hay fever, filler, being unwell and of course a bit of fat in the lower eyelids. Generally, without enough beauty sleep, the numerous arcades of blood vessels in the eyelids become dilated and tortuous, causing dark circles and engorging the area with volume, thus creating puffiness.
“Cool tools can be used to help reduce swelling and inflammation in the lower eyelids by reducing blood flow,” she explains.
“They diminish puffiness, swelling, inflammation and redness by alleviating swollen tissue and broken capillaries,” adds Catherine. “The cold temperature makes the blood vessels contract and increases oxygen delivery to the skin so that the eye area is more rejuvenated and awake.
“Elastin and collagen production in the dermis are also activated, encouraging the delicate skin in this area to be more firm and toned, while circulation is gently boosted to drain and relieve puffiness along with dark circles.”
How to use ice globes on your face
There are a couple of different ways to use your cooling face tools, so your chosen massage will generally come down to your personal preference and also what results you’re hoping to see.
“Working the tools from the centre of the face outwards will drain the lymph and detoxify,” explains Catherine, adding that, “They are best used on top of a serum or cream to ensure they glide around the eye socket and across the face.”
For an overall brightening and depuffing treatment, Catherine recommends you:
- Start at the top of your forehead with sweeping outwards movements.
- Move to the brow area and work your way around the eye area including resting the Ice Sticks on the eyebrows, eye sockets and cheekbones. The cooling temperature will freshen the entire face.
- Work your way across each cheek moving from the centre of the face upwards and outwards.
- Complete by working the jaw line and resting the Ice Sticks on the nape of the neck, behind the ears and on the shoulders.
However, famous ice globes brand Fraîcheur Paris offers two different techniques, recommending that you opt for upward movements to lift and tighten skin, or a downward massage if you’re looking to reduce swelling.
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As for when and how long to use the globes for, Dr Maryam advises to use them for “Five to ten minutes in the morning, placing on the eyes and then massaging from the inner corners of the eye outward.
“Throughout the day they can also be great to give yourself a relaxing neck massage at your desk, lifting the cheeks and tightening the skin at the same time," adds Catherine. “They will even relieve tension headaches and can be used on the body as a firming massage.”
Just be sure never to press too hard and drag the skin – the cold tool will do all the hard work so just a gentle glide is all you need. Pair the tool with your favourite serum or, depending on your particular gripe, one of the best eye creams for dark circles or best eye creams for wrinkles.
Best ice globes for face
Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.
Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).
But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.
When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).
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