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Sucking on an Ice Cube Can Correct Blotchy Skin

Take advantage of the nerve endings in your mouth to get a gorgeous complexion. Stay with us here...

Everyone loves a creative hack. In the beauty world, there are tons of time-saving, money-saving ways to re-purpose products, plus techniques you can try  that don't require you to have the makeup brush prowess of Pat McGrath. For this weekly feature, we will pick the brains of beauty's best and brightest to try to make your life easier.

Napoleon Perdis, outspoken Aussie makeup artist and founder of his own eponymous makeup line, is always happy to share a makeup hack or two when I see him. Last week when I met him in NYC, he gave me a simple, totally natural solution to fix blotchy skin quickly: Suck on an ice cube.

Yes, I thought that was completely insane too, but physiology backs him up on this one. When you're red and blotchy, it's due to blood vessels in your face dilating. So to get rid of that extra redness, which is what causes the "blotches," your blood vessels need to constrict. The nerve endings in the hard palate (the upper part of your mouth) directly affect the blood vessels in your face -- the cold from the ice cube sends a message through the nerve endings that the vessels in your face to need to constrict, thus decreasing the redness.

I know what you're about to ask, because I also asked it. "But what about brain freeze, Cheryl?" To avoid the dreaded head-pounding that results from eating your Pinkberry too quickly, don't hold the ice cube continuously on the top of your mouth. I tried it after a particularly blotch-inducing outdoor run, and was able to get my face to calm down without any brain freeze by sucking on the cube normally for a few seconds in between wedging it on the top of my mouth. Sure, it's not as surefire as a good-coverage CC cream, but then again you don't need to apply or blend anything. Beauty win. 

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