Bella Hadid’s ‘Ice Facial’ Is Viral, But It Can Do This Damage

Bella Hadid’s ‘Ice Facial’ Is Viral, But It Can Do This Damage
  • Bella Hadid’s “Ice Facial” is a refreshing new skincare trend taking the internet by storm.
  • It consists of immersing yourself in ice, or immersing your face in a container of ice or ice water for 30 seconds.
  • However, dermatologists warn against its use.

Bella Hadid’s “Ice Facial” is a refreshing new skincare trend that’s taking the internet by storm. And while you can find great tips on the web, they’re not all the same and some should be avoided altogether.

AND OF COURSE! Ice facials fall squarely into the category to avoid.

Here the video:

@edwardzo Bella Hadid made me try it 😳 #skincare #icebath #facial #bellahadid ♬ original sound – EdwardZO

What does it consist of?

The Ice Facial Challenge involves immersing yourself in ice, or immersing your face in a bowl of ice or ice water for up to 30 seconds. The simple trick comes recommended by supermodels with quite a following.

The video that Bella Hadid shared claims to be a skincare trick she relies on to de-puff her face before a photo shoot.

But why is an ice facial bad for the skin?

Do-it-yourself skincare is all the rage. And it’s easy to see why. Who wouldn’t want to grab something they already have in their closet and use it to make their skin glow?

Most of these DIYs are promoted as affordable and “natural”, to make you believe that they are harmless and could not harm your skin. But that is not always the case.

On the other hand, formulated skin care is more careful. It is specifically designed and rigorously tested to ensure that it is safe to apply to the skin. The same is not true for everything in tiktok videos.

Ice is just water, right? Isn’t water good for the skin?

Water is good for the skin, but ice is not “just water”, it is frozen water. And it is important to know that extreme temperatures are not good for the skin.

False Benefits of an Ice Facial

People promoting the ice facial affirm what:

It will shrink the pores.
It will firm and smooth the skin.
Wrinkles will disappear.
It will provide a radiant complexion.
It will reduce swelling.

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Here’s why 4 out of 5 of these ice facial “benefits” are bogus according to expert dermatologists:

FALSE:An ice facial will shrink pores

The truth is, nothing can shrink your pores. The pores do not physically change in size. The appearance of the pores may shrink, but ice cubes will not.

FALSE:An ice facial will tighten and smooth your skin.

Any tightness you may feel after an ice facial is irritation. It’s not a long-term benefit, it’s your skin reacting to the trauma of extreme cold. And ice facials won’t smooth your skin—the intense cold actually strips away moisture, leaving skin prone to a bumpy, uneven texture.

FALSE:An ice facial will melt away wrinkles.

The key to fading the appearance of wrinkles is moisture. So it looks like the moisture from the ice cube would help, right? WRONG. As stated above, ice cubes take moisture away from your skin and that will make your face more susceptible to developing wrinkles.

FALSE:An ice facial will give you a radiant complexion

This is the wildest ice facial claim ever. Ice is said to give you a radiant complexion by constricting blood vessels and increasing blood flow. The ice will constrict the blood vessels, but that does not increase blood flow. In fact, it does exactly the opposite. When blood vessels constrict, blood flow decreases, preventing essential nutrients from reaching the skin. Leaving you with the opposite of a radiant complexion.

TRUE (but bad for skin): an ice facial will reduce swelling

Ice cubes can reduce swelling. That is the only statement that is accurate, but it is still dangerous. There are many less harmful ways to reduce swelling that are just as effective as an ice cube and 10 times safer.

Dangers of an Ice Facial

An ice cube may seem harmless, but it can do a lot of damage to your skin.


Irritate — leaving it red and itchy
Constrict blood vessels — reducing blood flow and the nutrients your skin needs
Popping a capillary — leaving a mark on your face that can only be treated with expensive lasers
Even freeze the water in your cells, Permanently damaging molecular structures!

Think of the chapped skin that comes with winter. Extreme cold leaves skin dry, itchy, and scaly. An ice cube is not much different. Cutting off blood flow can cause lasting damage and rapidly increase visual signs of aging.

That’s not the result most people are looking for with facials.

So avoid them!

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