From harsh weather and UV rays to dirt and pollution in the air, the skin on your face goes through a lot, day after day. And it’s not just the environment either. Chemicals in the food and water we consume and various toiletries we use can also affect our skin. That’s why we need to give it some tender loving care and a cryotherapy facial can be just the thing to help us recover. Here are the hidden benefits of a cryo facial.
What is a Cryotherapy Facial?
Cryotherapy is a treatment that involves exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures. This stimulates various bodily systems and provides many benefits, such as enhancing sports recovery and boosting the immune system.
A cryotherapy facial isn’t like the whole body treatment - you don’t have to stand in a chamber for three minutes. Instead, air that’s been cooled to a subzero temperature is sprayed onto your face.
How Does This Help the Skin?
Boosts Collagen Production
Studies have shown that cryotherapy stimulates collagen production. Collagen is a protein that’s responsible for keeping your skin strong, supple and elastic. When collagen production dips, lines and wrinkles are more likely to form (something we’ll discuss in the next point).
Collagen also plays a role in replacing dead skin cells which helps skin appear radiant and youthful. Collagen boosting beauty creams, supplements and injections are popular because of these reasons. Injections might give you instant benefits but creams and supplements are safer and gentler.
However, cryotherapy is safe, gentle and more effective than these treatments.
Reduces Appearance of Lines and Wrinkles
As you age, collagen levels naturally drop and your skin becomes drier. This is why lines and wrinkles form. Cryotherapy stimulates the production of collagen so your skin remains elastic and supple for longer. It’s a gentler and more effective anti-aging treatment than traditional remedies such as botox and herbal supplements.
Reduced Pigmentation and Inflammation
Pigmentation such as age spots, acne, sun damage and puffiness can be difficult to treat and conceal. Creams and traditional facials may help, but cryotherapy is particularly effective in flushing the body of metabolic waste.
This allows your body to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new ones which then grow in a more even manner.
Leaves Skin Radiant
When your body is exposed to cryotherapy’s subzero temperatures, it reacts by redirecting much of the blood flow to your core, vital organs in an attempt to maintain internal body temperature. It’s a survival instinct triggered by the fact that your body doesn’t know you’re only undergoing a short spell of sub-zero exposure.
The sudden cold temperature causes blood flow to be redirected towards your core organs. When the session is over and temperature returns to normal, nutrient-enriched blood rushes back towards your extremities, including your face. This gives your skin a chance to replace dead cells with new ones which leaves you with a glowing complexion.
We already know that heat helps to dilate pores - that’s why many of us wash our faces with hot water if we want to properly cleanse our skin. But it can be more beneficial to decrease pore size and prevent impurities from blocking them in the first place.
This is linked to how cryotherapy stimulates collagen production. By tightening the skin, the pores also become smaller.
Improves Chronic Skin Conditions
Cryotherapy has been proven to relieve symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, such as redness and itchiness.
It’s also said to help improve acne. Cryotherapy stimulates blood circulation so nutrient and waste exchange within cells can happen more efficiently. When you’re exposed to the sudden subzero environment, your body reacts by sending much of the blood flow to your core organs. When you return to normal conditions, blood rushes back out to your extremities, ready to provide every part of your body with nutrients and take away any metabolic waste. This stimulates healing.
How is a Cryotherapy Facial Different From a Normal Facial?
While you’re reading these benefits, you might be thinking that they sound remarkably similar to the benefits of a normal facial. So what’s the difference?
Normal facials are essentially skin treatments that cleanse, exfoliate and nourish your skin to leave you with a clear and hydrated complexion. Facials are one of the best ways you can take care of your skin.
The thing about facials is that they tend to exclusively be multi-step processes and while the individual steps might not take a long time, a series of them can end up being rather time-consuming. For example, you might want to steam your face to open your pores before applying the face mask. Then you will want to wash it off, exfoliate, cleanse and tone. That’s five steps before getting to moisturising and face massaging to stimulate blood flow to the skin.
In contrast, °CRYO allow you to choose from a variety of facial treatments that range between three minutes and one hour, depending on your skin condition, the treatment chosen and the results you want to achieve. While the longer multi-step treatments (which may include a nourishing face mask and a cryo facial) might be time-consuming, you can also opt for the shorter three to 10 minute sessions and still get the same benefits.
As well as this, cryotherapy is 100% natural, using cryogenically cooled air - there are no creams containing chemicals and supplements involved.
Want to Find Out More About Cryotherapy and its Benefits?
Cryotherapy facials are just one of the ways cryotherapy can be used to treat the body and the skin isn’t the only thing that can benefit. If you’d like to read more about how cryotherapy can help anti-aging, recovery, the immune system and more, just head over to our blog.