Cryotherapy for Skin Care?

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Does cryotherapy really enhance skin complexion?  Demi Moore and many other celebrities have credited whole body cryotherapy as the secret to their youthful complexion.  To understand how, let's begin with some basic understanding.

First, most skin care products are focused on stimulating collagen, which is the protein behind strong cartilage, joints, skin and hair.

Second, your skin is the largest organ of your body and a barrier of protection from the environment.  Comprised of several layers, the dermal (middle) layer is supported by an intricate collagen matrix that gives skin its strength and resilience. As we age, collagen production slows down and the collagen matrix in the skin is not as ‘tight’ as it used to be, leaving the skin more vulnerable to damage from the elements (sun, stress) as well as fatty deposit build-up in the dermal layers causing cellulite.

So how does cryotherapy affect your skin?  As you step into a cryosauna, dry cold air (-175F to -202F) chills your skin for 3 minutes.  Your body responds to this cold by shunting blood supply from your extremities and to your vital organs in order to maintain core temperature.  During this vasoconstriction process, your body's cardiovascular system naturally eliminates toxins and replenishes the blood with oxygen, nutrients, red blood cells and anti-inflammatory enzymes.

Once you step out of the cryosauna, your body immediately sends the oxygen- and nutrient-enriched blood back to peripheral tissues (vasodilation), including your skin cells.  Even though there is no damage to the skin from being exposed to the cold air, the body still attempts to “repair” the outer layer of skin.  Essentially, this physiological response activates your body's natural restorative process to accomplish two things::

  • Boost collagen production;
  • Reduce damage from oxidative stress.

So while cryotherapy is boosting collagen production, it’s also inhibiting the stress hormone cortisol and the collagen-attacking enzyme collagenase from breaking down existing collagen.  The result is visibly tighter skin, reduced appearance of cellulite and enhanced complexion.

This does not happen overnight from a single session, but routine cryotherapy treatments can help rejuvenate the collagen matrix, improve your skin’s resilience and reduce the appearance of cellulite and fatty deposits at the skin’s surface.

Come discover for yourself what so many others are experiencing: youthful, beautiful skin and many other benefits including reduced pain and inflammation, accelerated recovery from exercise, and increasing metabolic rate and energy levels, and elevated overall well-being.

 

http://collagencomplete.com/increase-collagen-production/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14705809