My new favorite thing is also the most free: freezing skin care in serums. It all started after I picked up a box of Anne Semonin Express Radiance ice cubes. These are literal jam sachets filled with serum that you put in the freezer until they turn into frozen serum cubes. Next, slide a cube into a small soft dead end (for easy grip and control of the cube) and rub it on your face. As it melts, the serum fills your face with everything that the serum has to offer (at Anne’s, it’s spring water, evening primrose oil and azelaic acid), as well as all the benefits of cryotherapy (firming, cleansing and relaxation of the skin). This is an Innovation that I hadn’t thought about before. And an adorable activity while watching TV that made me wonder what else can I freeze?


A lot, it seems! The most obvious of them is tea. Prepare a cup, let it cool and dice it. Green tea instantly becomes an antioxidant-rich facial, probably free, because I bet you have a few bags of it. Chamomile is debatable: it’s great if the mixture likes you, not so good if you are allergic to it (and many people are). It’s especially good around puffy eyes, I think. Rosehip tea also seems to me to be a good Option, especially for anyone who is on the rosehip oil bandwagon. I have not yet found a rosehip tea that does not have artificial color added… but if I do, I’ll let you know.


When I searched the refrigerator, my eyes also wandered into a milk carton. Last summer, at the request of a man who “does” the most, I soothed my rosacea-prone face with a washcloth full of cold milk. It worked, but it also messed up a bit. Freezing milk is much easier (but requires a little foresight) and allows you to process lactic acid where you need it and not where you don’t need it. In addition, there is no need to wring out a washcloth loaded with milk after The act. Unfortunately, it’s not more effective if you freeze the milk, but the cleaning process is superior, I promise.


Finally, there is the over-the-counter version. Aspirin inspired by Laura Yeh’s delinquent-free acne facial cleanser when it was reviewed on her top shelf. If you have a rash that you want to dry and clean, this Option is for you. Dissolve an aspirin tablet in water and you guessed it! Freeze it. Then place the cube on the affected area and let it penetrate. Maybe you don’t need it (or don’t want to). In any matter, the cold of the cube also helps to reduce inflammation on the spot. However, acetylsalicylic acid can take a Minute. But hey – not bad for something for which you paid exactly zero money.


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