Following a Korean beauty trend, Michelle Phan (pronounced “Fawn”), a YouTube beauty sensation, created a Do It Yourself tutorial to teach people how to do their own ice facial. Yes, that’s right, an ice facial.
Before you freak out, keep reading to find out more.
Phan learned that Korean actresses swear that rubbing ice on their faces gives them a luminescent glow. The cold of the ice also restricts pores and reduces swelling without harsh chemicals, which helps one achieve a tight, firm youthful face in the morning–using green, natural methods.
Ever the innovator, Phan added vitamin E and green tea to the formula. Vitamin E helps to reduce wrinkles, and support the Elastin in the skin, which slows the effects of aging. Green tea is infused with antioxidants, which fight free-radicals–those pesky molecules and toxins in the environment that cause aging and skin tissue degeneration.
Phan’s recipe is 8oz of warm purified water, 6 caplets of vitamin oil (though you could presumably use a half teaspoon of vitamin E beauty oil which can be purchased at any pharmacy or natural food store like Whole Foods), and one tea bag of green tea with antioxidants. She recommends Tazo Green Tea. I personally recommend Yogi Green Tea with Pomegranate, fruit infused with plenty of nutrients and antioxidants. The tools needed: an ice cube tray and tooth picks.
- Steep the tea in the warm water, give it 5 minutes.
- Add the vitamin E by either piercing the caplets or using a teaspoon of the oil.
- Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and allow it to freeze for an hour or two, so that it is frozen on top but not completely hardened.
- Puncture the green tea cubes with toothpicks in the middle and then allow to freeze thoroughly.
In the morning remove one cube and, using the toothpick as a handle, rub the tea cube over your face to remove morning swelling, reduce redness and constrict your pores. Avoid your eyes.
Michelle Phan is the most popular beauty “Guru” on YouTube whose most popular beauty tutorials teach people how to achieve certain looks. Her most watched videos range from outlandish character styles, i.e., “Lady Gaga Poker Face Tutorial,” “Lady Gaga Bad Romance Look,” “Tim Burton Look,” “Barbie Transformation,” even “Sailor Moon Transformation,” to more wearable styles such as “Brighter Larger Looking Eyes,” and “Chic Makeup for Glasses.” Her popularity has earned her a spokesperson position with Lancôme Paris, and she has done makeup for designers for New York Fashion Week. Phan also has her own skincare line called IQQU (“ick-kyoo”).