Curious about the cute lil’ ice facial tool that popped up on both Kourt and Kendall’s IGS recently? We’ve got the intel (because of course we had to get our hands on one as well!).
Facial icing — and the wider concept of cryotherapy — have boomed in popularity this year. Cheap and easy, the cold temperatures work to constrict blood flow and define facial features, not to mention shake off signs of fatigue.
First off, we are big fans of ice facials—they can help reduce puffiness, brighten our complexion, stimulate blood circulation, and lift skin. We’re into this type of tool because it is reusable, refillable, and foolproof to use. Kendall shared in her post that she loves using hers for her morning ice facials, but it can be used any time of day.
The Contour Cube is essentially just a tool that can be used like an ice block container but is designed in a way so that it works with the contours of the face. You simply fill it with water (or coconut water, if you’re feeling boujee) and move it along the face to refresh, tighten, and tone. It’s a viral TikTok product (!) that explains how it might have found its way into Jenner’s skincare routine.
To prep, it, simply fill it with filtered water and pop it in the freezer until it’s frozen solid. Take the top off and bada bing bada boom, it’s ready to glide across your face. The bottom cover stays on, acting as a grip so that the ice doesn’t slide out of your hands while you’re using it. When you’re done, put the top back on and stick it back in the freezer.
How to use the Contour Cube
After cleansing your face, run your Contour Cube under water to defrost slightly
Apply to your face in upward circular motions moving the ice continuously in 30-second intervals for up to 1 to 2 minutes on each side of your face
For optimal results, follow your usual moisturizing routine
Avoid contact with eyes and if you have sensitive skin, discontinue use if signs of irritation appear
But you’re not limited to just using water with this nifty tool, as you can see from Kourt’s post. Rose water, green tea, coconut milk, aloe vera, lemon water, and cucumber water can also be used instead of plain water.
Kourt added cucumber slices for extra de-puffing action. Some other ideas: green tea for anti-inflammatory benefits, coconut milk for hydration, or rosewater for a glow.
BENEFITS OF FACIAL ICING
Proponents of ice facials, or ‘skin icing,’ suggest that it can be used to:
Eliminate puffiness, especially around the eyes
Reduce swelling and inflammation, including rashes and insect bites
Reduce signs of aging, such as wrinkles
reduce the appearance of pigmentation or dark under-eye circles
Boost the skin’s healthy glow
Whilst you could technically just use an ice cube, if you’re into cold therapy, the Contour Cube is an easy, mess-free way to get the benefits.
One of the biggest beauty lessons that I’ve learned during the pandemic (and there have been many!) is to fully lean into makeup that helps me feel most like myself — and whatever that may be is allowed to change day by day, week by week. In other words, I listen to how I’m feeling before I do my makeup every day, which is given me the freedom to have more fun with my look. Recently, I’ve been embracing nail art, bright nail polish shades, and press-on nails. I’ve got my eyes on Essie Risk Takers Only, a bright orange, for my next mani. On the skincare front, I have even more appreciation for my dermatologist’s recommendations. Since following my derm’s suggested routine, my skin has only gotten clearer, smoother, and healthier.
The biggest beauty lesson I’ve learned throughout the pandemic is to not be afraid to wear lipstick — mask and all. I’ve gotten a thorough idea of what the ultimate lipstick is for me to get me through long days on Zoom calls or errands with a face mask. The recipe is matte, long-lasting, and transfer-proof. My go-to has been the NYX Professional Makeup XXL Lip Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipstick. This little tube has gotten me through it all over the past few years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
One thing the pandemic taught me was how to master the five-minute face. Pre-pandemic, I used to wake up at least two hours early to apply a full face of makeup, pick out an outfit, and account for my commuting time. During the pandemic, those habits shifted drastically. Anyone who works from home has likely had a morning (or maybe quite a few mornings) when they woke up minutes before a Zoom meeting and had to rush to look polished before logging on. In my case, I usually swipe on mascara ( Lancôme Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara has been my go-to for years) and a bright lip gloss, like the Benefit Cosmetics Liquid Lip Blush & Cheek Tint. Together, these makeup products pair up to make me look freshly caffeinated and awake in minutes.
Katharina, Social Media Editor
Being at home through the pandemic has taught me two important lessons when it comes to my beauty routine. First, being utterly bare faced is completely fine. Second, when I do choose to wear makeup, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little bit bold and experimental with it. I probably wouldn’t have shown up to work without an ounce of makeup on before the pandemic but being virtual has shifted my mindset to a point where I can be fully confident in a meeting with nothing on my face but some light, natural mascara (I swear by the Maybelline Green Edition Mega Mousse for a no-makeup makeup look). I also have the freedom to play with my makeup a little bit more; if I want a bold lip in the morning and a subtle gloss in the afternoon, I have my entire makeup kit at my fingertips and can play around with my look.
Crystal Lee, Founder
Pre-pandemic, you could find me wearing only full-coverage foundations and concealers to hide any skin imperfection. You would never catch me with a bare face, especially if I was walking into the office or going out to eat with friends. After countless social distancing parameters and countless Zoom meetings, I’ve found myself becoming more comfortable with embracing my skin’s natural texture and opting for products that have a “your skin but better” feel. I’ve started leaning on buildable, lightweight foundations like the Valentino Beauty Very Valentino 24-Hour Wear Liquid Foundation on the days I decide to wear makeup. It leaves my skin with a natural look without the heavy feel of foundation.
Keep your makeup fresh and your skin looking plump with this supercharged dewy setting spray. The unique formula contains five electrolytes and vitamins — including aloe, magnesium, zinc, citric acid, and biotin — to plump and hydrate skin so you look moisturized, not oily.
Lock your makeup in place for up to 24 hours with this long-wearing dewy mist. One spritz makes makeup smudge-, transfer- and water-resistant; plus, it works to hydrate and soothe your skin, so your makeup feels comfortable even through the longest days.
Infused with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, coconut water, and aloe vera extract, this dewy setting spray provides a naturally glowing finish. It also curbs excess shine and oil — and touts a yummy coconut scent.
Quench your skin’s thirst with this refreshing spray packed with blue agave extract and hemp-derived ingredients. It’s also infused with vitamin B3 to help nourish the skin and provide a glassy, hydrating finish.
Set your skin on the path to glowing central with Milani’s versatile dewy finish setting spray that also doubles as a primer. Don’t you just hate it when you get both your eyeliner wings just right and when your foundation looks almost airbrushed but melts away through the day? The Make It Dewy Setting Spray ensures your statement stays put with a brightening boost. This is a good dewy setting spray that cloaks your skin in hydration and shines for up to 16 hours with no fading, creasing or smudging! And with its refreshing feeling, you can very well use it in crazy hot weather too. You can also wear this hydrating setting spray without any makeup for a natural-looking glow that is bound to steal hearts wherever you go.
It’s well-known that TATCHA delivers some of the most eye-catching packaging, but their formulas deliver too. The Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is the best face-setting spray that gives off a soft shimmer under or over your makeup. It contains a blend of Okinawa red algae for the ultimate moisturizing benefits, camellia oil for optimum nourishment, and hyaluronic acid to quench parched skin. TATCHA’s dewy setting spray for dry skin is also infused with Hadasei, a 3-ingredient anti-aging complex. With the power of Japanese superfoods like green tea, rice, and algae, your skin will look and feel super youthful. Carry this long-lasting dewy setting spray around in your purse for an instant dose of freshness.
ORPHEUS’ award-winning moisturizing setting spray comes in a silky essence consistency that feeds irritated skin with nutrients and a luminous finish. The Orpheus Flower Cell Peptide Complex contains potent peptides, stem cells, and antioxidants that work to safeguard your skin from pollution. With the dual hyaluronic acid, the active serum deeply penetrates the skin for long-lasting hydration resulting in plump and younger-looking skin. A blend of the vitamins C, B3, B5, and E refines your pores and evens out skin tone, while a bio-luminescent flower extract imparts a shine that could put lights to shame. One spritz of this dewy finish makeup setting spray transforms your skin from within for the ultimate jaw-dropping glow.
If you’ve been looking for a cheap dewy setting spray, your search can end at elf’s Dewy Setting Mist! Apart from keeping your makeup intact for a long time, this drugstore dewy setting spray feeds your skin with nourishing ingredients that contribute to a healthy radiance. Infused with coconut, this lightweight formula hydrates, and conditions your skin intensely so that it glows like never before. Green tea and cucumber moisturize skin and fight premature signs of aging for an ever-youthful look. Trust us, and you’re not going to regret adding elf’s dewy face mist to your vanity.
Now that we’ve gone over the best dewy setting sprays on the market, let’s look at how you can bag the right one for you!
How To Choose The Right Dewy Setting Spray
Dewy setting sprays are ideal for dry and dull skin as they come packed with moisture or water-based formula. This helps give a soft glow to dry skin while also providing hydration benefits. Combination and oily skin types may find that dewy setting sprays make their skin even greasier, but if they don’t have excess oil, a lightweight setting spray which is also non-comedogenic may work. But dewy sprays suit dry and normal skin types better. Even mature skin will benefit from a dewy finish as the formula won’t cake up or settle into fine lines and wrinkles.
Ensure that the formula is lightweight and has a non-sticky and non-greasy consistency. Dewy setting sprays that are quick-drying help immensely for on-the-go touch-ups. Some sprays may have fragrance and if you’re sensitive to it, ensure to read the label to avoid it. A few setting sprays can have strong scents which may cause a reaction as they are directly sprayed on the face. You can patch test setting sprays as with every other beauty product or read some reviews online.
It is essential to invest in formulas with high-quality ingredients devoid of harmful additives. To prevent flare-ups, opt for formulas that don’t contain alcohol, fragrance, parabens, sulfates, and other harsh chemicals.
After you’ve purchased a dewy setting spray you like, it’s time to learn how to use it for the ultimate glow!
How To Use Dewy Setting Spray
Step 1: Ensure that all your makeup is done, and you’re satisfied with how it looks.
Step 2: Shake the contents of the dewy setting spray bottle for an even mixing.
Step 3: Hold your dewy setting spray bottle about 8-10 inches away from your face and lightly spritz on the right side of the face.
Step 4: From the same distance, spray the mist on the left side of your face.
Step 5: Spritz once in the center of your face with your eyes closed.
Step 6: Wait for the setting spray to dry.
Step 7: Repeat if you feel the need for a brighter glow.
Step 8: Reapply throughout the day as and when needed to give your skin a boost of freshness.
Note: You can also apply dewy setting sprays on bare skin without any makeup for a natural glow to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh.
Our facial skin is always exposed to dirt, pollution, and harmful sun rays. They damage the skin and strip away its natural glow. But worry not, because the best dewy setting sprays can give you a stunning glow to ensure a natural-looking makeup finish. They seal your makeup and make it last longer than usual. The products mentioned in our list have lightweight formulas that are non-greasy and keep the skin hydrated and primed. They dry within seconds of application and leave your skin with a silky texture. If you prefer vegan and cruelty-free makeup, you will find them on our list too. Most of these formulas are chemical-free and last for hours. Some of them offer anti-aging benefits and add brightness to dull and dry skin. Consider factors like skin type, product formula, and ingredients before investing in a spray. You should also avoid sprays that have sticky consistency or an overwhelming fragrance.
TikTok loves a skincare hack, but apparently, Lori Harvey’s yogurt face mask took things too far. The model and entrepreneur took to the platform to share her tried-and-true tip, which involves smearing her face with Greek yogurt to quickly diminish the appearance of dark marks, only to be met with a slew of opinionated comments.
“I’m about to put you guys on game,” she says in the clip, which shows Harvey standing in her bathroom with the yogurt applied to her face. “So, I got a facial the other day and she did extractions, and it left a couple of dark marks, and that’s a no-no. So, what I like to do when I want to get rid of them quickly…” — she then holds up a container of Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt — “…game changer. Put this on after you wash your face, let it dry, and wash it off with cold water. It’s like magic erase marker.”
LORI HARVEY’S YOGURT FACIAL, EXPLAINED
While Harvey swears by this edible hack, TikTok users weren’t quite sure what to think. Some were downright skeptical (comments like “I’m not trying more DIYs man” and “food is to eat, skin care is for skin care” are aplenty) while others claim they, too, have seen the benefits of yogurt for their skin (“My favorite as well! The girls that get it, get it,” one commenter wrote), with many pointing out that it’s a common practice in Middle Eastern cultures.
There are also a few people calling out the fact that lactic acid (found in yogurt) products — of which there are many on the market — essentially have the same brightening effect.
Needless to say, the people had *thoughts*, prompting Harvey to return to TikTok a couple of days later with none other than celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas, who promptly backed up the star’s yogurt hack. “First of all, in other countries, using yogurt as a way of dis-inflaming the skin, hydrating the skin, exfoliating the skin — it’s a real thing, guys,” Vargas said. She also added that when she was in esthetician school “way back in the day”, students learned the yogurt hack as a way to calm down the skin when nothing else is working.
WHAT WE SAY
To set the record straight, BeautyLeeBar spoke with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hadley King who explains that Topical yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, that provides gentle exfoliation by dissolving dead skin cells. “This helps to create a healthy glow and prevent acne, and also diminish fine lines and decrease discolorations,” King explains. “The probiotics in yogurt may help to bolster the microbiome of the skin, which we are learning plays a role in acne, rosacea, eczema, and other skin conditions, and the fat in full-fat yogurt has moisturizing properties. If you are going to try topical yogurt, I’d recommend full fat, plain, unflavored, and unsweetened. And yes, lots of similar benefits from moisturizers that contain alpha hydroxy acids and probiotics.”
Of course, it might not work for every skin type. However, it’s worth a try if you’re looking for a natural and inexpensive way to treat your skin concerns.
Use this mask for 15-30 minutes and apply a generous amount if you do decide to give this DIY a chance.
But it is typically best for those with acne-prone skin to avoid dairy in their diet and routine. So, what is the safest option for tackling dark marks and discoloration? It all comes back to having a solid skincare routine in place. Dark spots and discoloration are best treated with a balanced skincare routine of hydration, chemical exfoliation, and sun protection. Focusing on products that contain antioxidants and peptides is ideal.
In other words, trying out the yogurt skincare hack comes at your own risk. Play it safe and consult with your esthetician or dermatologist for a customized skincare routine.
SKINCARE BENEFITS OF YOGURT
Want to learn more about the benefits of yogurt for the skin? Read on as we explain more about this beauty hack, and how it can help your skin.
It Hydrates Skin
Yogurt is a rich source of fats and protein, which works excellently as a natural moisturizer. According to a 2011 study, yogurt may reduce water loss from the skin and seal in moisture.
It Brightens Skin
Did you know yogurt also boasts natural brightening effects? According to dermatologists, yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that provides gentle exfoliation to the skin, buffing away dead skin cells to reveal fresh, glowing skin.
It Treats Discoloration
Lori Harvey wasn’t wrong when she said yogurt cleared up her dark marks. Thanks to its exfoliating benefits, topical yogurt can treat dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It can also fade post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation left over by pimples.
It Reduces Signs of Aging
Research shows that yogurt supports natural collagen and improves skin elasticity, helping to increase skin firmness while fading fine lines and wrinkles. It’s worth including in your daily skincare routine if you’re looking for a natural anti-aging formula that can be found in your fridge.
It Alleviates Acne and Other Skin Conditions
“The probiotics in yogurt may help to bolster the microbiome of the skin, which we are learning plays a role in acne, rosacea, eczema, and other skin conditions, and the fat in full-fat yogurt has moisturizing properties,” explains New York-based board-certified dermatologist Dr. Hadley King.
If you’re seeking clear skin, turn to yogurt for its acne-fighting effects. Thanks to its helpful bacteria, yogurt can combat Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria responsible for those painful red breakouts.
It Provides UV Protection
Research from 2015 suggests that the probiotics in yogurt may be able to reduce the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. These probiotics act as antioxidants, neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals. This can also reduce sun-related skin issues like fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
Of course, you’ll still need to wear sunscreen daily to get full protection. But yogurt can help keep skin healthy, youthful, and glowing.
ALTERNATIVE FACE MASKS
Prefer to pick up face masks that are already ready to use instead of DIY-ing them? You’ll find probiotics like those found in yogurt in cleansers, lotions, and creams. Looking for something different? Try one of these top face masks.
This clarifying facial moisturizer is best for those with acne-prone skin. The inclusion of cucumber juice, willow bark extract, and of course yogurt, calms the skin while extracting impurities that cause blemishes.