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What Does a Cryo Facial Do

Updated: Jan 31, 2020

Also referred to as “frotox”, cryo facials have become exceedingly popular in recent years. But what are they and how well do they really work? We dove in for the details on this innovative therapy, and the findings are abound. We’ll share them all today as we explore the unique new cryo facial and whether it’s right for you!

Cryotherapy has a history

From its Japanese origins of treating rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis to its later use in the West for inflammation and muscle soreness in athletes, cryotherapy has long held its place among the healing professions. Later it was used in dermatology for such treatments as removing warts and skin lesions, and more recently, developments into aesthetics have yielded such therapies as cryo facials.

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) vs. Cryo Facials

While full body cryo treatments generally require standing in one’s underwear in a -250 degree (or similar temperatures) chamber for about 3 - 4 minutes, a cryo facial allows the client to relax as the technician blows sub-temperature nitrogen air in random circles onto their facial skin for approximately 8 minutes. The results are said to be both immediate and long-lasting. Results tend to be a rejuvenated, fresh look with smaller pores and reduced redness immediately following the session, while a longer term result is a noticeable elimination of wrinkles and an improvement of skin quality overall. Says aesthetician Kristina Veller of Manhattan’s SkinTology. “This is a process that requires upkeep and at least three or four sessions before you notice long-term results.”

What does a cryo facial do?

For those willing to endure the deep freeze for the sake of an improved appearance, the cryo facial is just another part of a beauty regimen. But what is a cryo facial?

According to Dr. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist, the procedure “removes the outer dead layer of skin cells and stimulates the new ones underneath them to grow in a more even, smooth distribution.” Day continues to explain, “There are various ways to do this—you can use heat to gently burn it off, chemicals to melt it off, an abrasion-like microdermabrasion... dermaplaning... or cool it off with a certain temperature of cold air.” In the case of the cryo facial, cold air is used -- really cold air.

Is cryo therapy good for the skin?

The science is in on some aspects of cryo facials which are good for the skin, like the fact that they stimulate collagen. One study confirms that using it in cryo facials, in fact, is more effective in boosting collagen than ingesting it as a nutritional supplement. (Cholewka, Sieron, Stanek & Drzazga, 2011). Further, nutritionist Mila Jouravevla of NYC’s Fuel Stop shares that from her experience, acne, psoriasis, and eczema can be effectively minimized with cryo facials, due their ability to reduce inflammation.

Other areas of benefit from cryo therapy include the treatment of migraine headaches (Sprouse-Blum, Gabriel, Brown, & Yee, 2013), the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, (Wojtecka-Lukasik, Ksiezopolska-Orlowska, Gaszewska, et al., 2010), the treatment of geriatric psychiatry/Alzheimer’s, (Misiak, B., & Kiejna, A., 2012), and more.

However, Dr. Day does recommend caution for those with darker skin as they can be prone to discoloration. For these individuals, and even those naturally pale who happen to have a suntan, Dr. Day suggests no cryo facials or cryotherapy at all. Additionally, she states that salicylic, retinoic, and glycolic acid should be avoided for several days post-cryo treatment for anyone who does obtain treatment.

Why do people love cryo facials?

Many are believers on the process, thrilled at the glowing look of their skin, the smaller pores, and the reduced redness -- even after a few days passed. Others weigh their budget against the glow and feel torn. Some places charge too much although our facials are $25 for members, and $39 for non-members. A basic 30-minute mini cryo facial costs $85 at some locations, and a full cryo facial is around $155.00 -- although some spots offer bundles or 5/10 packs of sessions for a discounted rate.

What should I do before a cryo facial treatment?

It’s important to prepare properly for your cryo facial in order to get the most out of it. For starters, you’ll want a technician to do a thorough facial skin cleansing on you to get rid of the dirt, bacteria, and overall crud of the day. (If you’ve ever spent any time walking outside in a major city all day, you’ll know what I’m talking about.) This allows your skin to breathe and opens up your pores for deeper cleaning. Once that step is complete, you’ll need to pat dry and apply a gentle exfoliating scrub, rubbing it into every inch of your face in small circular motions. Then rinse it off thoroughly. Kristina Veller explains, “This step is to get rid of the built-up dead skin cells that sit on the surface on the face and block dirt and grime from exiting. It also creates a smoother, finer appearance by revealing the healthier cells underneath.”

So what do you think of our exciting and unique cryo facials? Are they tempting enough thus far to draw you in for an introductory session, or do you still have questions? Either way, don’t hesitate to give us a call, email, or stop in anytime we’re open! Our hours are posted below, and our friendly, well-informed staff can answer all of your questions and put your mind at ease about your first session. Join us soon to get your face glowing!

Cryo Body Works

(512) 522-0221

3501 Hyridge Dr

Austin, TX 78759

Mon - Fri 7AM - 8PM

Sat 10AM - 5PM

Sun 12PM - 4PM

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