This ‘Cool’ Thing May Be the Secret to Summer Skin Problems (Including Cellulite)
Tackling summer beauty bothers will be a breeze, thanks to genius cryotherapy-inspired techniques that involve exposing skin to cold temperatures. These cooling remedies reverse redness, reduce swelling, and diminish cellulite. Here are three ways to easily reap the refreshing rewards and get rid of summer skin problems.
Exposure to both hot temperatures and the sun increases blood flow as capillaries dilate to dissipate heat, leaving skin looking flushed, says New York dermatologist Jeannette Graf, MD. To remedy, apply ice cubes made of aloe and lavender oil. “Ice constricts blood vessels to reduce redness, while aloe and lavender ease any sun-related itchiness, rashes or inf lammation.”
To do: Mix 1⁄2 cup of aloe vera gel and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. Rub one cube on irritated skin for two minutes; let residue absorb.
Sitting or standing for prolonged periods, especially in the heat, can cause fluids to pool in legs, making ankles appear swollen. To the rescue: an icy foot soak infused with Epsom salts. Placing feet in cold water improves circulation to push out stagnant fluids. And the high amount of anti-inflammatory magnesium in Epsom salts alleviates swelling while soothing any aches in feet — on contact!
To do: Fill a large basin with water, then add 2 cups of ice and one cup of Epsom salts. Soak feet and ankles for five minutes, then pat-dry skin.
The lymphatic system tends to get sluggish on scorching days, allowing water and toxins to accumulate. The result? This buildup presses against skin, causing cellulite to look more prominent. But massaging skin with a frozen roller like Nurse Jamie Super-Cryo Massaging Orb Mini (Buy from Dermstore.com) can help, says Dr. Graf, since the motions stimulate the lymph system to help flush out trapped fluids and toxins.
Plus, the tool’s chill tightens skin and boosts microcirculation so blood flows to the surface for a plumping effect that instantly diminishes the appearance of cellulite. Bonus: The cold temperature helps target and eliminate fat cells that contribute to the formation of cellulite.
To do: Store the massager in the freezer overnight. In the morning, rub the tool in long, upward strokes along areas with cellulite for two minutes. Repeat once a day to prolong the skin-smoothing results.
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.
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