3 ways to get rid of summer skin problems

Tackling summer beauty woes will be a snap, thanks to genius cryotherapy-inspired techniques that involve exposing the skin to cold temperatures. These refreshing remedies reverse redness, reduce swelling and diminish cellulite. Here are three easy ways to reap the refreshing rewards and get rid of summer skin issues.

Red skin?

Exposure to both hot temperatures and sunlight increases blood flow as capillaries expand to dissipate heat, leaving skin reddened, says New York dermatologist Jeannette Graf, MD. To remedy this, apply ice cubes made from aloe and lavender oil. “Ice constricts blood vessels to reduce redness, while aloe and lavender ease sun-related itching, rashes or inflammation.”

Do: Mix 1⁄2 cup of aloe vera gel and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. Rub one cube on irritated skin for two minutes; allow residue to absorb.

Swollen ankles?

Sitting or standing for long periods of time, especially in hot weather, can cause fluid to build up in the legs, making the ankles feel swollen. To the rescue: an icy foot bath infused with Epsom salts. Placing feet in cold water improves circulation to expel stagnant fluids. And the high amount of anti-inflammatory magnesium in Epsom salts reduces swelling while soothing foot pain – on contact!

To make: Fill a large basin with water, then add 2 cups of ice and a cup of Epsom salts. Soak feet and ankles for five minutes, then pat skin dry.

Cellulite?

The lymphatic system tends to become sluggish on hot days, allowing water and toxins to accumulate. The result? This buildup puts pressure on the skin, making cellulite more visible. But massaging the skin with a frozen roller like Nurse Jamie Super-Cryo Massaging Orb Mini (Buy at Dermstore.com) can help, Dr. Graf says, because the movements stimulate the lymphatic system to help remove trapped fluids and toxins.

In addition, the cold of the tool firms the skin and stimulates microcirculation so that blood circulates to the surface for a plumping effect that instantly diminishes the appearance of cellulite. Bonus: The cold temperature helps target and eliminate fat cells that contribute to cellulite formation.

Do: Store the massager in the freezer overnight. In the morning, rub the tool in long upward strokes along the areas with cellulite for two minutes. Repeat once daily to prolong skin-smoothing results.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First for women.