What is Cryotherapy?

The short answer is using extreme cold in surgery or other medical treatments and it has been used for years in healthcare.

However, it has recently gained popularity due to celebrities like Demi Moore, Jennifer Anniston, and Mandy Moore using it for anti-aging and healing benefits.

Is cryotherapy what really is keeping them looking youthful? If it is, then how is this so? Keep reading to find out!cryosauna

How does cryotherapy work?

While cryotherapy can be used in several different ways, the two I am focusing on here will be the cryo-facial and the whole body.

With whole-body cryotherapy, you will sit or stand in a chamber(cryo-chamber). Liquid nitrogen is pumped into the chamber with temperatures ranging from -100 to -140 degrees Celsius. The time you stay in the chamber is usually about 3 minutes. BRRRRR!

You know, even though this is really cold, it is a dry cold. So when I read about the experience of people who have done this, they said it isn’t as bad as you would think.

Much different than say…. a cold shower! Keep reading to find out about that, though.

With the cryo facial, liquid nitrogen is pumped all over the face for 2-3 minutes at temperatures ranging from -129 degrees Celsius and -184 degrees Celsius.

Depending on where you have this done, there may be some extra steps involved such as lying under complexion-boosting LED lights.

What are the benefits?

As the below-freezing air is aimed all over your face and neck, tightening will occur because of vasoconstriction. benefits of cryofacial image

As your face returns to normal temperature, this will cause a rush of blood and oxygen, which in turn will give you a vibrant glow.

This also stimulates the production of collagen which will make your skin plump and tighter. Your fine lines and wrinkles will be diminished as well.

Whole-body cryotherapy has been shown to help with weight loss by stimulating metabolism with regular treatments.

There are anti-inflammatory benefits that were originally started in Japan to help ease the pain of arthritis. Athletes have used cold therapy for years to help with inflammation and pain of injuries or speedy recovery from strenuous workouts.

Can Taking a Cold Shower Have the Same Benefits?

There has been some research to show that it would.  Before you try this, though, I have to warn you, it’s very intense!cartoon image of woman in cold shower

Where a cryo-chamber is using dry cold air, the cold water is definitely a different experience!

While the cold hits your skin, your internal temperature will drop as well. When this happens, your heart will start pumping faster, therefore, rushing nutrient and oxygen-rich blood throughout your body.

Toxins are also removed by the circulatory system and through the kidneys.

Your white blood cells and anti-inflammatory Cytokines are increased with regular use of cryotherapy. White blood cells are the ones that fight infection while the Cytokines are, you guessed it, keeping down the inflammation response.

Put all of this together and your immune system is getting a pretty good boost!

Is Cryotherapy Safe?

While it is safe for most people, some under certain conditions should not be used.

If you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or have any heart problems you should not use this type of therapy.

The FDA has not approved cryotherapy, but it has been used in one way or another for about 40 years.

What is the Cost?

If you decide you would like to try out a cryo-chamber, depending on where you live, it can range anywhere from $35 a session to $100 a session.

If you decided you want it to make a consistent thing, it could get pretty expensive.

The cryo-facial costs are about the same. The only difference with this one is once you have reached the desired result, it lasts for a while.

If You Decide to Take Cold Showers

You should start slowly. By that I mean you should start out with a warm shower and then turn it to cold for maybe the last minute or so.

Next, you are not going to want to take them at night. Cold showers are for the morning, to wake up your body and get everything going.

While taking cold showers will help your immune system, if you are already sick, a cold shower is not going to be a good idea!

At Home Cryo-Facial

While there are a plethora of cryo tools on the market these days, a simple ice cube will do just as well.cryo roller

If you really want to bump up the effects of using ice, try freezing some aloe vera gel. You would use it in the same way you use a gua sha or facial roller.

Ice cubes are cold so unless you want your fingers to freeze, I would suggest using a soft cloth to hold the ice. Massage your skin in upward motions.

If you don’t want to use ice cubes on your face, there are reusable ice face masks. These are not only great for anti-aging purposes but also help in relieving migraines and sinus headaches!

Ice globes are another great tool to consider.

Conclusion

If you take a look at how young and preserved Demi Moore and Jennifer Anniston are and they are preaching the gospel on cryotherapy, I would say it’s worth a shot.

Since it has gained popularity, it shouldn’t be too hard to find a place near wherever you may be. Or, you can use the tips listed above and not leave the house!

If you decide to give this a try, let me know how your experience went, whether at home or professionally done!

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If you have any questions or comments, leave them below. I would love to hear from you!

4 thoughts on “How Does Cryotherapy Help With Anti-aging?

  1. Thank you for your review and questions, Siobhan. I’m glad your article answered your question about how cryotherapy can help with anti-aging!

    May I add my observation?

    The cold temperatures in the chamber stimulate collagen production, which is important for reducing wrinkles and stimulating skin cell regeneration. The cold also triggers a release of endorphins, which enhances mood, relieves pain, and helps people feel more relaxed.

    I prefer a cold shower after a warm shower. My mother taught me this method when she was alive. She started using this method as a young girl growing up in China!

    This cold/hot treatment works wonders for my skin and hair. You should attempt it, but it has to be done everyday!

    Cheers

    Robin

    1. Since I found out the benefits of taking a cold shower, I have gradually been introducing it into my routine. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Hi, Cryotherapy is an answer to anti-aging and looking younger. A cryo-facial can boost collagen production, stimulates circulation and improves oxygen to the cells. There are many uses of Cryotherapy.

    As you know, every day, you come into contact with a number of external pollutants that affect your skin like bacteria and gases. Exposure to these factors can slow our metabolism causing inflammation, worry lines, and wrinkles. Cryotherapy not only boosts our metabolism, but also aids our lymphatic system. This works to flush these harmful toxins from our system and slow the signs of aging to help us to lower the stress that tends to affect our skin.

    Cryotherapy is most widely known for injury recovery and reducing inflammation for pain management. It is also useful to boost our mood by producing endorphins. Cryotherapy can help reduce signs of aging and help our skin look fresh and young as well. There are a number of anti-aging benefits to cryotherapy.

    In my opinion, Cryotherapy can be used for anti-aging. This therapy can treat tissue externally and internally.

    1. It seems you know as much about cryotherapy as I do. Since I found out the benefits, I have been working cold showers in my routine. Thank you for your comment!

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