August 7th 2020
Cryotherapy and skin-cooling beauty tools to keep you chilled in the heatwave
August 6th 2020 / 0 comment
All you need for an at-home ice facial, to lift, tighten and brighten the skin
Keeping aftersun and skincare in the fridge is a well-known hack for a cooling effect on toasty days, but for a more intense chill when heatwaves hit, cryotherapy or 'ice facial' tools should be on your radar and not just because they soothe sun-scorched or overheated skin.
Cold therapy has long been a fixture in red carpet facials thanks to its ability to give instant visible results, lifting and tightening the skin, constricting pores as well as stimulating blood flow to give a visible glow. The cold dials down redness, calms inflammation and brightens a dull complexion. "Cold therapy can reduce swelling and inflammation by stimulating our lymph system and reducing fluid," confirms facialist Pamela Marshall. "Dark circles under the eye can also temporarily be reduced due to the constricting of blood vessels."
Cold therapy also mimicks the biological response of an intense workout, according to Emily Buckwell, product expert at CurrentBody.com "It stimulates the cold receptors which stimulate blood flow to the epidermis, resulting in microcirculation in the area."
On top of that, it helps to release muscle tension in the face and jaw (we defy you not to say aaaah when you try one of the tools below) which is good news for expression lines and teeth grinding.
An ice cube to the face is nothing new. Russian Empress Catherine the Great (currently played by Elle Fanning in TV show The Great), was said to have applied ice cubes to her face, neck, and décolletage every morning to give her skin a radiant appearance. Kate Moss has said she submerges her face in a bowl of ice-cold water to brighten her complexion, a ritual also practised by Hollywood actress Jane Crawford
Word of warning, cold therapy can cause broken capillaries which contribute to thread veins so avoid cryotherapy if you’re prone to this.
Here are the cryotherapy tools we’re reaching for right now (save your ice cubes for your Aperol).
For fans of microneedling
Designed to sculpt, depuff and rejuvenate your complexion, these stainless steel rollers attach to the GloPro Microneedling Regeneration Tool and can be used around the eyes, face and body. The skin will instantly appear tighter and refreshed, with the ice-cold temperatures naturally extracting impurities and slowing down excess oil production. They should be kept in the fridge before use for the best results. "The sustained coldness is made possible through the density of the rollers – the heads are
constructed of solid stainless steel that has been very slightly cored out to provide the optimal weight and pressure needed for maximum skin benefits," explains Jamie O'Banion, founder of BeautyBio.
For immediate cooling
If you're looking for a really icy blast, this is the roller for you. You keep it in the freezer and it cools to between minus eight and 25C. Roll it over your face for 15 minutes weekly (or whenever you're too hot) to boost circulation and soothe inflammation, or to refresh yourself after time spent basking. This won the best skin tool award in our Get The Gloss Beauty and Wellness Awards 2019.
For budget-friendly cryotherapy
Kitsch Ice Roller, £14.25
Kitsch are best known for hair accessories, but they also do a range of face rollers in cooling jade and as well as this chillable stainless steel. It works in the same way as the BeautyBio roller; to be kept in the fridge to calm and destress hot skin.
The celebrity-approved cryotherapy tool
These lollipop-looking orbs made of freeze-proof glass are filled with anti-freezing liquid and have been spotted on actress Tracee Ellis Ross' Instagram and mentioned in Cindy Crawford's skincare routine too. We recommend taking these from the freezer first thing to pep up droopy morning skin and wake up your complexion. They also come in pink, gold purple and other rainbow shades.
In the same vein, 001 Skincare 's Eyecicle Duo, £120 are made from seamless artisan glass, designed to soothe the under-eye area.
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For cheekbone definition
GTG's editorial director Victoria Woodhall sings the praises of this apple-sized stainless-steel ball for its cheekbone defining powers. Facialist Teresa is famous for her red carpet ice facials using a cryoball and brought out this gadget after celebs were clamouring for it at home. In the kit are a hyaluronic acid serum and a lactic acid toner, for the full at-home brightening spa facial, plus an all-important hygienic pouch to stop it mingling with the food in your freezer the freezer. Roll across your to tighten the skin, encourage lymphatic drainage and depuff eyes.
Amazon sells a standalone version of the Cryoball for £19.99.
For cooling the eyes
Anne Semonin Express Radiance Ice Cubes, £45 for 6
Loved by MUA Lisa Eldridge, these little "ice cubes" (actually frozen serums) deliver the same effects as sweeping an ice cube over your skin (cooling, refreshing, lessening dark circles), but with the added skincare benefits of hyaluronic acid and soothing gourd extract to hydrate and volumise. They should be kept in the freezer for three hours before use. You remove them from the mould, wrap in a gauze that comes with them and glide over your face.
For facial massage
Facialist Joanna Czech, who has worked with Kim Kardashian and Sting, is a firm believer in facial massage and her signature, if rather comically-shaped massage tool, is especially powerful when kept in the freezer.
The aluminium and zinc balls glide along bones of your face to simulate the firm, depuffing fingertip action of an aesthetician. It increases circulation and lymphatic drainage, giving you an altogether glowier complexion; Joanna recommends using it after your serum to really work it in.
This month Joanna has teamed up with 111Skin, pioneers of cryotherapy (they're behind the 111Cryo chamber in London's Nichols, where you can freeze your butt off for three minutes at minus 90C for all manner of skin and health benefits) for a limited edition kit featuring the roller and four 111Skin masks. The 111SKIN x Joanna Czech: The Facial Edit costs £200 – quite the deal considering the tool is £179 alone.