Freeze! No, we’re not telling you to stop what you’re doing so that you can take in the incredible information we’re about to impart on to you (well, maybe just a bit). But as well as that, it’s also a pretty accurate description of the treatment we’re going to talk about today: Cryotherapy.
What is cryotherapy?
We’re glad you asked!
An increasingly popular treatment that exposes the body to extremely cold temperatures to stimulate various systems, it was first developed by a Japanese rheumatologist in 1978. The technique was primarily used to treat arthritis and multiple sclerosis, but it wasn’t long before a whole other host of benefits were discovered, from boosting the immune system to offering pain relief. Today we will be focusing on a cryotherapy facial – just one of the many treatments we are proud to offer that here at Lovoir Beauty.
In this facial, you simply lie back while a handpiece which has been cooled to sub-zero temperatures is moved across your face and neck. It starts off slightly chilly, only becoming progressively colder so as to ensure comfort throughout the treatment. Sounds cool, huh?
How does this benefit the face?
Boosts collagen production
As you all know by now, collagen is the number one protein responsible for keeping the elasticity in your skin firm, and a cryotherapy facial has been proven to help stimulate this. What this means, in practice, is that indulging in one of these can help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, one cryotherapy benefits study from 2015 found that it helped reduce forehead wrinkles – and what’s not to love about that?
Patients often report that their face feels tighter immediately after the treatment!
Gives a glow
When your body is exposed to such freezing temperatures (not something we’re all that familiar with here in New Zealand!), it reacts by jumping into survival mode. Most of its blood flow is then redirected to the vital organs in an attempt to maintain an internal temperature. Once the facial is over and temperature returns to normal, the now nutrient-enriched blood will race back to your extremities – including your face. Because it also gives the added benefit of exfoliation, your skin will then replace dead cells with new ones. The result? A radiant, rejuvenated, glowing complexion.
Improves problematic skin conditions
Whether pigmentation, acne or dryness, a cryotherapy facial is particularly effective at helping the body detox. It does this by flushing away dead or damaged skin cells through stimulated blood circulation and the natural healing survival mode we spoke about just before. This will then enable the production of new, healthier ones – hooray! An added benefit is that a cryotherapy facial also boasts anti-inflammatory properties – another plus when treating various skin conditions.
If heat helps to dilate pores, which is why we wash our face with warm water to give it a proper cleanse, it stands to reason that the cold will close them. This means they are then prevented from becoming clogged with dirt, oil and other unwanted gunk in the first place. In fact, one study found that exposing the sebaceous glands to a temperature of -8° Celsius helped prevent excessive sebum production. Time to kiss goodbye to acne and blackheads!
Banishes dark circles
As blood circulation is improved around the eye area, you’ll notice a decrease in puffiness and inflammation, leaving you with an overall brighter look.
A study found that a cryotherapy treatment targeting the neck helped ease the pain and other associated symptoms of migraines.
Anything else I should know?
You may need to avoid if you are pregnant, anaemic or have epilepsy.
One of our experienced therapists will always be happy to talk about the treatment through with you beforehand to see if you are a good candidate!
It’s a quick, safe, non-invasive treatment, and although it will get very, very cold, it shouldn’t hurt! We’d be delighted to talk it through with you before you book.
Bottom line: It’s one of the hottest treatments around. (#sorrynotsorry) And in case you needed any more convincing, it’s currently one of our summer promotions, so get in quick!