(don’t worry, the monkey in that picture is relaxing and bathing in cooler temperatures & loving it!)
As we know I’m on this whole ‘cryo’ kick lately! I had cryosurgery performed on my dark spots which is healing and looking good (thank the heavens) but you all know I’m always on the quest for bigger and better ways for us to age more beautifully! Drum roll please…That’s where the Cryofacial comes in… or ‘Frotox’ as many people call it (since it has similar effects to Botox). And it only costs $20-$40 a session! STOP!
Similar to cryotherapy or a cryosauna, freezing cold temperatures are used to help improve your skin & body’s function. Does anyone else here LOVE the idea of freezing your face?! I don’t know why it sounds so appealing, but us Cheeky’s know that doing an ice facial to stimulate the skin in the mornings works like a charm.. so why wouldn’t sub zero temperatures do the trick also?
The cryofacial uses a controlled beam of vaporized liquid nitrogen to ‘freeze’ the skin on the face, scalp, and neck area. It promises an abundance of improvements, including:
- Improvement in fine lines
- Decreased redness
- Improvement in Eczema and Rosacea symptoms
- Reduction of wrinkles
- Brightening of dark spots
- Triggers hair growth – eyelashes and eyebrows (BONUS!)
- Stimulates collagen
- Relieves the symptoms of dermatitis
- Helps reduce bacteria on the skin – acne
- Improves blood flow and circulation
- Decreases puffiness
- Reduces pore size
- Tightens the skin
- Improvement in scarring (acne scarring, etc.)
I didn’t see this in my research, but I would have to imagine you would see some ‘fat’ loss in your face and neck area, as you would with the cryosauna that’s often used as a weight loss tool. When I was checking out some before & afters I noticed that many of their faces seemed thinner and the area below their chin really looked dramatically less bloated – I was really shocked no one mentioned that as being a benefit.
During a cryofacial, you will be laying down where the cryotechnician will be using a hand-held device in which he/she is trained on administering the liquid nitrogen gas through. The gas is directed towards your face and neck areas about 2 feet away from skin surface. This will last 5-12 minutes with freezing temperatures around -250 degrees F. The technician will glide the wand thoroughly over your face, never staying in one spot too long.
Side note: I think you’d could ask the technician to swipe over your hands too – I wouldn’t see why not…. I didn’t read anything about how the cryofacial technique could be used on our aging hands, but it would make sense to me! Just ask!
Reviewers of the cryofacial were pleasantly surprised at how soothing and amazing the treatment felt – nothing out of a horror movie like many expected. When the session was complete, subjects noticed an insanely glowing complexion and an immediate improvement in the issues they were targeting – i.e. fine lines & wrinkles, dark spots, etc. No subjects commented on any pain, swelling or redness after treatment – in fact, one woman with Rosacea noticed a huge improvement just after her first treatment. Though the results are immediate, I’m reading that it only lasts a couple weeks and the more you do it, the more lasting results you will see! Discuss the frequency of this treatment with your skincare provider. It would appear safe to do a couple times a month, but the technician can certainly help get you on a regime.
So what do you think? Is this something you’re interested in? Let us know in the comment’s section below. I’m CERTAINLY gonna try this out – cost alone makes it a win! Nothing is ever this cheap in the skincare industry and it can only help.