Who doesn’t love a little DIY project, especially when it comes to our glowing complexions? We tapped U Beauty founder and beauty guru extraordinaire, Tina Craig, to teach us her super-simple at-home Fire and Ice Facial.
“When it comes to my beauty routine, I’m all about simplicity,” says Tina, who compares the Fire and Ice Facial to a cryofacial at an aesthetician’s office. “Now that I’m home so much, I especially love to use my Resurfacing Compound to keep my skin smooth and glowing, but I’ll admit that once in a while, I love a good facial. Enter the Fire and Ice Facial, which sounds unattainably decadent but is just the opposite. Not only does it make for a great at-home activity, but you’ll also leave your skin with a refreshed, satiny finish.”
“The Fire and Ice Facial is something I’ve done at the most luxurious spas around the world—and it’s surprisingly easy to replicate at home,” says Tina. “I love cryo machines, but I don’t know when I’ll have access to one again (and certainly won’t be buying my own), so I’ve been making facial-grade ice cubes out of ingredients in my kitchen. The ‘fire’ increases circulation and preps your skin for product absorption, while ice (literally, ice) acts like a vacuum and seals it all in, leaving you with a smooth, glass-like complexion. I recommend doing this mask once a month.”
Learn the ingredients and step-by-step instructions, and watch the full video tutorial below.
“Start by placing your face over a bowl of hot water for a minute or two to open up your pores. (Be very careful!)
-2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (or whatever flavor you have in your fridge)
-1/4 avocado *optional for extra hydration
Mush it up in a bowl with a fork until it’s smooth and creamy.
Apply on your face.
Leave on for five minutes.
Rinse with COLD water only. Invest in this filter to remove toxins and unwanted minerals in your water.
Benefits: It heats up the skin (the probiotics and D-lactic acidosis gently slough away the upper layer of skin), allowing the yogurt to penetrate and nourish down to a deep layer.
Note: Patch-test the yogurt mask on your neck if you’re extremely sensitive.
Fill ice cube trays with one of the below depending on your skin’s needs:
Almond or oat milk for hydration
Green tea for inflammation
Chamomile tea for calming and de-puffing
Regular milk for acne-prone skin
Wrap a thin muslin cloth (or any cloth, but just avoid plush, thick towels) around the ice cube and gently roll all over your face.
Do it for a few minutes on each side.
This is what gives you the glass-like skin.
If you don’t have time to make the ice cubes, you can replace this step by using an ice roller.
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