What Happened When I Tried A Chilly Cryotherapy Facial

When it comes to facials, and skin care in general, I’m not usually one to experiment. Aside from a few spa treatments I’ve experienced over the years, the closest I get to a facial most days is looking in the mirror and constantly touching my skin. (I know, I’m working on it.) So when mbg’s beauty editor asked me to try a cryotherapy facial, I was both intrigued and hesitant.

Assuming you don’t know much about cryotherapy facials, it’s safe to say I knew less.

I thought I was going to freeze my ass off because what I do know about cryotherapy is that it’s quite cold. Would a facial be as cold as those cryotherapy sessions you see intense fitness people doing on Instagram?

To give a little context: I have moderate skin—not too dry or oily—but I have always been acne-prone. One too many cocktails or processed snacks, and my skin is quick to react. Too many hours between my workout and my shower, and I can count on little bumps showing up that night. Not to mention I break out at the first sight of harsh products (fragrances, funky chemicals, etc.). I actually had a blemish on my chin going into this facial. Perfect timing, right? I was broken out, and I was willing.

How does “cryotherapy” play into a facial, exactly?

Cryotherapy, or the practice of using cold temperatures to improve our health in various ways, has been around for a long time but has made a resurgence in the last few years as the wellness world continues to look for the best, most efficient way to recover from workouts, help heal injuries, look younger, and lose weight. A typical cryotherapy session happens inside a tall, steel chamber. You step inside for two to three minutes—mostly naked—sometimes at temperatures as low as -200 degrees Fahrenheit. To me, that sounds beyond daunting; I’m pretty certain I’ll never step into one of those metallic vessels. But the facial seemed different. How cold could a facial get, really? I had nothing to lose, so I booked an appointment.

Cryotherapy facials claim to stimulate collagen, minimize the appearance of your pores, and give an overall look of cleaner, plumper, and younger skin. I was ready.

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