By Meenu Bahuguna Last Updated:
What is the first image that comes to your mind when you hear the word ice? Most probably, the snow-laden valley of Kashmir or a few melting cubes in a glass on a hot summer day. However, there is a whole lot alternative uses for ice that one can explore.
Take a look at some of the unusual and surprising uses for ice cubes.
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If you are going out and you do not have time to put on makeup, then ice can be your 'saving grace'. Ice gives your skin a fresh dewy feel that would make your skin look radiant even without any makeup on. Apply an ice cube, wrapped in a soft cloth or tissue on your face, before you put on your makeup to make it last longer.
Ice provides a very cooling and soothing feeling when applied on the skin. Ice helps in cooling off sunburn, all you have to do is apply some cubes on the affected area. This is an effective home remedy to get rid of the tanning.
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Applying ice on the acne not only has a soothing effect on skin, but also helps to close swollen pores and prevent bacteria from entering your skin. Take ice in a washed cloth and rub it over scars for 10 minutes every day, this will help tighten pores and reduce inflammation.
Tired after a long day at work or have been staring at the computer screen for long, then try this trick for the sake of your eyes. Take some ice, wrap it in a soft cloth and rub it over your eyes. This will not only soothe your stress but will also remove puffiness from eyes. This trick will make you feel relaxed and refreshed.
Practically, all women go through the periodic painful procedure of having their eyebrows plucked. However, rubbing an ice cube across the eyebrow line makes the region temporarily numb, thus reducing the agony of plucking. Repeat the procedure after plucking eyebrows as it helps in preventing redness.
Even though one is too ashamed to admit it, but it is a very generic accident of finding a chewing gum stuck on your hair or clothes. Ice happens to be a lifesaver in such situations as it hardens the gum, which you can easily scrape off, without causing much damage to the surface.
If a splinter gets stuck in your skin, the best course of action would be to numb the affected region with ice. After that, you can use a pair of tweezers to smoothly dig out that splinter. This is not only an effective trick, but painless one as well.
If you are in a hurry to go out, but cannot get rid of those wrinkles on your clothes, then here is a handy tip for you. Rub an ice cube, wrapped in a soft cloth, over your wrinkly shirt, and after that iron the shirt.
Apply ice cubes, wrapped in a cloth, on the blisters or burns, to prevent further damage to the skin. You can also apply an ice pack on the blister to reduce swelling.
Due to its inherent property to reduce inflammation and swelling, ice works wonder on a muscle pain or sprained ankle, thus giving an instant relief by reducing pain.
Reheating rice in the microwave makes it tasteless and dry, so the best thing to do is to put an ice cube over the rice-bowl before heating it. The melting ice will provide the much-needed moisture to the rice.
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So, why don't you try out these unusual and surprising uses for ice cubes, and tell us which ones worked for you?
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