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Cryotherapy: Does freezing your face work?

The cryo-facial beams vaporise liquid nitrogen across the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. The procedure is known to exfoliate your skin, removing the dead cells layer from your face while simultaneously stimulating the growth of new cells underneath.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
October 14, 2019 11:01:07 am
The star of this beauty treatment is that it helps the skin to feel tighter, and helps stimulate collagen. (Source: Facebook)

Remember all the times we used to take a big bowl filled with chilled water and ice cubes for a facial? Cryotherapy is a better and an updated version, almost on the same lines.

Also known as frotox or in layman’s language, an ice facial, is a cryogenic treatment which is mainly used for pain relief but is targeted at the face to help make it look younger. The process begins with liquid nitrogen being beamed all across your face which exafoliates your skin removing the thin dead-skin layer while at the same time promoting growth of new skin cells. This helps the skin to feel taut and stimulate collagen production with pressurised liquid nitrogen production. This also helps decrease open pores to a larger extent.

What to expect from a Cryotherapy session?

It reportedly works wonders, however, be careful because the treatment could do more harm than good. Thus, it is suggested to also include other treatments such as infrared LED light therapy. Every doctor might follow a slightly different procedure for the treatment. However, the overall approach remains unchanged.

The process begins with a thorough cleanse and the area is massaged heavily, which helps in lymphatic drainage and releases tension from facial muscles. The face is exposed to steam to eliminate toxins. If one is suffering from acne, then an extraction is done through a session of microdermabrasion.

Now, the cryotherapy session finally begins. While your face is exposed to a cold blast of nitrogen using a tube attached to the cryotherapy machine and your eyes are protected with goggles. While an average session lasts for a maximum 3 minutes, the nozzle attached to the tube moves across the skin that no particular area gets extremely cold.

Like we said, it’s highly recommended that you accompany this with other treatments, like infrared LED light therapy. This is followed by a facial massage, and a hydrating mask to boost skin health. The skin feels tighter and smoother immediately after the procedure.

How does the session improve your skin?

Increases collagen production

Collagen is the component that gives your face a youthful appearance. With increasing age, there’s a decrease in the production of collagen, leading to dreaded wrinkles. Moreover, the hustle, the pollution and other foreign components cause a loss of facial elasticity, crow feet and add bags under your eyes. Overall, the process of ageing speeds up. But, a cryofacial accelerates collagen production under your skin actively to smoothen fine lines. The vaporised liquid nitrogen makes the skin tight and the complexion changes, offering a more youthful glow.

Decreases pore size
Open pores are a big no! They not only make your skin look dull but are literally open craters inviting dirt and grime, leading to blackheads and whiteheads. Cryofacials fight back open pores by not only exfoliating your skin but also helping rejuvenate the newly freed skin cells. With regular treatments, the effects can be undoubtedly long-lasting.

Improves blood circulation
While undergoing a cryotherapy facial, the intensely cold air makes the blood vessels contract and expand leading to an increased blood flow to your skin and makes it look healthy, youthful and radiant. Moreover, when the blood circulation improves, it not only makes the skin healthier but stronger too, preparing it to fight off any bacteria and infections that comes your way.

How was your experience trying the cryofacial? Let us know in the comments below.

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