I’ve known of Lisa Eldridge for maybe almost a decade now? She has worked extensively behind the scenes making models and famous women beautiful since the 90’s, created a brand new makeup line together with Shiseido (one of the best skin/hair brands worldwide) in ’98, became Lancôme’s Creative Director in 2015, and was one of the first YouTube pioneers in DIY makeup tutorials since 2010.
She has many times given me perfect makeup tips I’ve never known or heard of before to make my makeup look not only natural, but practically flawless. In my opinion, however, it’s her skincare routines that fascinate me the most! Having worked to create from start to finish, a line with Shiseido for the Asian market, you KNOW you can trust this woman knows what she’s talking about.
With that, I give you readers Lisa Eldridge’s advice on EASY and NATURAL things you can do to make your face fresher and firmer.
Even though this video isn’t new, I’ve been majorly out of the loop with any of the latest beauty things. Maybe it’s all of our kids LOL… or the things that need to get done, but finding time for myself to do these little things in the evening has somehow escaped me!
I’ve never actually heard of ice facials and the things she mentions in this video before… except for her technique for facial massages where you stimulate your lymph nodes around your jaw and sinuses before a big event where you want to look your best (it really works!). But Ice Therapy? Tea bags? It can even be a little anti-aging!
The Beauty of Ice Therapy
Apparently, using ice on one’s face to kind of “wake it up,” is as old as plunging your visage into freezing water! When researching just how far this technique for firming skin goes, I found articles referencing ancient Russia, Rome, Greece, and even ancient Egypt. This technique of using ice to firm up and tone the muscles almost instantly, reduce puffiness and smooth out sensitive skin, is not only easy to do, it’s delightfully light on your budget.
Lisa shows us in the video above how to use a simple ice cube and cleansing cloth, tea towel, or even a coffee filter, to give yourself an ice facial. Holding the ice wrapped in the cloth for a few seconds in areas has an amazing and almost immediately noticeable contouring effect! Please watch Lisa’s video to understand which directions to move in order to stimulate the skin effectively.
The fluid that creates a puffy and unseemly face, is actually absorbed fairly quickly back into the bloodstream with this technique. Honestly, when doing this myself I was amazed how fast the results were, and how surprisingly good ice felt when moved in a contouring motion she suggests.
If you feel more creative, try making your own Green Tea Ice Cubes, which are best for if you have to combat puffiness, because not only do they lack the tannin in black teas that would dye or stain your skin, they are a great diuretic. The concentration of caffeine in green tea helps to flush toxins and extra water out of the skin. Also, green tea applied to the skin in this way, releases anti-oxidants (super anti-aging chemicals!) the main one being EGCG, which combats sun damage, dark spots, and fine lines and wrinkles.
Lemon (or Parsley) Ice Cubes are also easy to make and are great for brightening your skin naturally. Everyone needs a brightener, as it works to enhance every skin tone to look it’s best. It just creates the most beautiful glow that comes from the inside-out… just heavenly. Lemon ice cubes (or parsley) also help if you have issues with dull skin or tired looking skin. Again, every woman needs a brightener.
Old Cures are the Best
You know how you’ve seen pictures of women laying down with cucumbers on their eyes in a spa-like setting? Apparently cucumbers really are great for the skin above and under the eye. Lisa focuses on just the under-eye area so that you can still go about your early morning routine being able to see clearly. What are their benefits? When a chilled slice of cucumber is placed on the skin under the eye, it’s calming chemical Vitamin C along with caffeine absorbs into the skin and together with the icy temperature, works to soothe any irritation, reduce inflammation and prevent water retention. Again, most of the same qualities of using simple ice cubes, except with the added bonus of Vitamin C (a natural anti-aging vitamin and gentle brightener). This is a great way to “wake up” your skin gently, especially if you were up late or having a difficult ordeal the night before.
For moms of little ones… this is a GREAT and low-cost skin treatment to try! ❤
Help for Allergies
If you have terrible allergies and your face and sinuses or lymph nodes get affected, all these tips mentioned in her video may help to alleviate the inflammation as well working as natural decongestants for the face. So next time it’s allergy season and your face feels like it’s suffering right along, try some of these tips and see if they help at all with the topical issues of congestion.
And please watch the rest of Lisa’s video to get all her unique tips and suggestions for this ancient custom of ice therapy.