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Cryotherapy and beauty industry

Whole-body cryotherapy is a widely accepted beauty and wellness practice. In beauty, the extreme cold is often used in anti-age programs as it is known to boost microcirculation and up collagen production for tighter and younger-looking skin. Cryotherapy is also an integral element in weight-reduction programs, as it fastens metabolism, ‘browns’ white fat and fights stress to support smoother transition to a balanced lifestyle. The treatment gives multiple wellness benefits, such as energy boost, better sleep and improved physical and mental well-being.

Localized extreme cryostimulation activates metabolic processes and improves the nutrition of the skin, which makes it essential for anti-age and anti-cellulite programs. Better microcirculation after cryotherapy sessions makes facial masks, serums, body wraps more efficient.

Is it worth investing into professional cryofacial equipment?

Cryotherapy activates biological processes of complexion, muscles and joints recovery, slowed down by today’s fast, stressful and consuming lifestyle. That’s why recently cryotherapy procedures gain more popularity not only in sports and medicine, but also in purposes of beauty, wellness and weight loss.

This article will explain what cryofacial treatment is, why it is a promising investment, and what benefits you and your customers will get from buying a local cryotherapy machine.

Are cryofacials worth the hype?

A facial cryostimulation is a non-invasive skin-boosting procedure using extra-cold temperatures applied to specific body areas like the face, neck, or decollete. Even a single treatment helps smooth out mimic wrinkles, making the complexion brighter and the skin tighter and younger-looking.

The most frequently reported results include:

  • boost of collagen and elastin production;
  • reduction of surface-level inflammations and redness;
  • better blood circulation and, therefore, better skin nutrition;
  • shrinking of enlarged pores;
  • reduced sebum production;
  • minimization of keloid and hypertrophic scars.

Freezing facials also showed excellent results in treating dermatologic issues – acne, psoriasis, atopic eczema, and other types of dermatitis.

With few to no side effects, short procedure timing, and no post-treatment downtime, cryofacials are a perfect beauty practice that may be used alone and as an add-on for

upgrading traditional facial treatments.

That is why full-face cryo treatments have become a new red-carpet trend among celebrities. Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Mandy Moore, Demi Lovato, Alicia Keys, and Jennifer Aniston undertake a short “pick-me-up” treatment before each special event.

What are the existing types of cryofacial systems?

There are three main versions of cryofacial machines. Electric blowers are used for cosmetic purposes as the temperatures they operate (up to -30°C) are not enough to produce curative effects. 

The other two utilize pressurized liquid CO2 or liquid nitrogen as a cooling agent. In general, they provide the same cryostimulation effect with the difference that the CO2 system generates the temperature down to -78°C and the nitrogen-based machine down to -130°C. Both gas types inhibit bacterial multiplication, thus making facial treatment safe for a client. 

Still, the machines operating on liquid nitrogen are prevalent in the aesthetic market because CO2 cryostimulation devices are associated with the potential danger of suffocation. Also, generally, the latter supply the stream of cooled air under pressure, which might feel a bit harsh on the face, unlike the former with a gentle

 air stream.

In addition, LN2 local cryotherapy machines produce a drier gas mixture than the CO2 treatment medium. It means that the cryotoning facial with LN2 feels more comfortable.

What is an LN2 cryofacial machine, and how does it work?

LN2 localized cryotherapy devices replace traditional ice packs and are far more effective as they can provide deeper and stronger skin cooling. They use a mixture of air and liquid nitrogen vapor with a temperature of down to -120°C. Cryomed’s advanced cryofan model works with even lower temperatures (up to -130°C). 

The cryofacial system consists of a main unit with controls and a hose and a Dewar tank with liquid nitrogen. It is compact and mobile due to a wheeled platform. 

Cryogenic facial machines are extremely easy to use and do not require any medical certification for operators. 

To use the cryofan, an operator needs to choose a treatment nozzle size (for bigger and smaller areas), set the treatment temperature and time, and start the nitrogen feed. 

Cryomed’s cryofacial equipment is fed from a 35-liter

Dewar which comes with a CF-05 model.
For the base CF-04 model, you will need to buy a Dewar additionally. If you buy any Cryomed’s cryosauna, you can also get a CF-04 cryofacial machine at an attractive price.

What is the cost of a nitrogen-fed cryofacial device?

The cryotherapy market is overcrowded with various types of cryogenic equipment for facial treatments. The cost of cryofacial machines starts from around €4,000 and reaches some €16,000. 

The price depends on:

  • number of Dewar tanks included in the supply;
  • availability of technological advances like a touch-screen, temperature monitoring system, pilot light, skin temperature sensor, laser pointer, etc.;
  • availability of additional accessories that may be used for treatments.

Cryomed offers two types of cryofacial machines at a competitive price. CF-04 cryofan features the simplest configuration, yet is very reliable and efficient. A modern-looking CF-05 cryofan can boast superb ergonomics, advanced characteristics, better performance, and higher safety. 

If you start your business on a shoestring or would like to expand your offer with minimum investments, buying a used cryofacial device makes sense.

How much nitrogen does an LN2 cryofacial machine consume?

With esthetic treatments, the procedure time greatly varies, as it depends on the treatment area and the skin conditions involved. For the skin issues on the face only, it may take from 3 to 5 minutes, while toning and rejuvenation may require up to 12 minutes, as it involves the neck, decollete and scalp areas (remember the forehead muscle is a part of the epicranius, which goes all the way to the back of the head).

Mind the working temperature at the end of the hose. A lot of manufacturers put a temperature sensor at the beginning of the hose, which means that the treatment time will be longer to ensure proper cooling of the skin. While 5 minutes is enough for a full-face treatment if you have -120°C at the end of the hose, like in Cryomed’s devices, with higher temperatures you might need 12 minutes, which means higher nitrogen consumption.  

Usually, manufacturers indicate consumption in liters/kilograms per hour. The average consumption ranges from 0.07 to 0.15 liters per minute. While determining the number of cryostimulation procedures based on a Dewar tank capacity, take into account a daily LN2 evaporation from a Dewar (about 0.03 to 0.47 l per 35-liter Dewar tank, depending on the manufacturer). For a 50-liter Dewar, double the evaporation rate.

Cryomed’s local cryogenic machines use about 0.75 l of liquid nitrogen for a 10-minute cryotoning procedure. It means that you’ll be able to “squeeze” some 46 facials out of one 35-liter Dewar. Cryomed’s cryofacial machines are among the most cost-efficient cryofacial devices on the market. 

What is a cryotherapy facial treatment, and how does it work?

Cryotherapy is widely used in slimming, anti-age, anti-stress, and wellness programs. Cryotherapy activates biological processes of muscle and joint recovery, slowed down by today’s fast, stressful and consuming lifestyle. That is why recently cryotherapy treatments gained more popularity not only in sports and healthcare but also in the beauty and wellness industry.

Local cryostimulation facials, frequently nicknamed Frotox (by analogy with Botox), is a multi-beneficial treatment involving skin exposure to subzero temperatures. It is popular among celebs for its “instant glow” effect, achieved by the freezingly cold vaporized liquid nitrogen stream. Cryofacials are often called a non-surgical facelift.

Though the procedure is quite short, it has definite stages to achieve the best results.

  1. First of all, the face is thoroughly cleansed and massaged to improve lymph drainage and release facial muscles.
  2. The next step may have variations depending on the used treatment protocol and the skin conditions. The suggested intra-treatments may include exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, short microdermabrasion to extract any breakouts, and light therapy to help repair, kill bacteria, and kick-start collagen production, which will be further boosted by extreme cold.
  1. The cryotherapeutic part of cryofacial takes around one-fourth of the entire session. Liquid nitrogen vapor is delivered through the hose attached to a cryofacial machine all over the client’s face. A treatment zone is cooled to about 10-11°C, after which the machine hose is moved to the next area to avoid overcooling.
  2. After the freezing stage ends, the client is good to go. An esthetician may additionally apply a moisturizer or serum on the face or continue with the next facial. 

The Frotox treatment leaves the skin more radiant and vibrant, tighter, with fewer wrinkles even after the first session. Still, cryofacials deliver more noticeable and long-lasting results, if done in series.

It depends on the treatment area, the issue treated, and the co-treatments used. Typically, the session takes 15 to 30 minutes, with the liquid nitrogen pumping phase from 3 to 12 minutes. 

Cryofacials are like fitness – one training session gives certain outcomes, but the long-lasting effect requires consistency. As a rule, estheticians offer a course of 5 sessions with a frequency of 1-2 times per week and maintenance treatments every 3 to 5 weeks. For more pronounced results, opt for 5 treatments weekly.

Usually, there are no precautions needed post-treatment, unless side-effects kick in, which is extremely rare.  Still, you can never go wrong with extra skin moisturizing.

The treatment definitely feels cold but totally bearable. The feeling depends on the type of machine used: an electric or nitrogen-powered device supplies an airstream with no pressure and generally has a gentler feel, while CO2 machines supply cold stream under pressure which is not ideal for cryofacials and suits anti-cellulitis or pain-relief treatments better.

A slight tingling sensation may be expected after the session ends. Cryogenic facelift procedures do not require downtime, and the client may return to the usual daily routine right after the treatment.

In most cases, cold facials are totally safe. Sometimes, however, extreme cold exposure can result in numbness or frostbite, skin redness, or eruptions on the skin a few days after the treatment. Normally, these side effects recede in a short time.

In some clients, the skin may become more sensitive to temperature changes after cryofacials, so it is recommended to avoid exposing the skin to extreme temperatures or chemical peels right after the freezing procedure.

Temporary dryness or even flakiness can also appear after the treatment. In this case, hydrating creams or essences can help.

Cryofacial is good for all skin types, irrespective of age and lifestyle, but especially for sensitive and dry skin because of anti-inflammatory and skin-tightening effects.

Clients with dull or tired skin, loose skin, signs of aging, acne-prone skin, and uneven skin tone will surely benefit from the cryolifting procedure.

A single session cost may vary from as low as €30 to €150 for one zone. Certain discounts are offered for the treatment of several areas in one session, for package deals or add-on treatments. 

ndividual procedures. It is best combinable with

  • infrared light therapy;
  • infrared PEMF therapy; 
  • hydrafacials; 
  • microneedling and mesotherapy;
  • PRP therapy;
  • facial massage;
  • hydrating masks, etc.

With a bunch of facial treatments at hand, a facialist may tailor the best individual protocol for a customer which would suit their beauty and wellness goals.

Though cryo facials are generally suitable for most customer groups, there are some categories that should not do these procedures. Cryogenic treatments are not recommended for those who have:

  • Botox 30 days prior to a session;
  • fillers 90 days prior to a session;
  • severe Raynaud’s syndrome or cold allergies;
  • bacterial and virus infections on the skin;
  • skin cancers;
  • progressive neuropathies, 
  • non-healing wounds in the treatment area;
  • body piercings in the treatment area that can not be removed;
  • application of topical antibiotics in the treatment area.

What are other applications of cryofacial machines?

Apart from Frotox treatments, local cryostimulation machines are effective for:

  1. acne treatment protocols: for inhibiting acne-inducing bacteria, decreasing sebum production, shrinking pores, and reducing inflammations and redness caused by acne;
  1. eczema and rosacea treatments: for reducing inflammation and calming irritations;
  1. cellulite reduction: for localized skin reduction, skin tightening, local blood circulation, and metabolism boost;
  1. body contouring: loose thigh skin toning, flabby upper arms reduction, and belly skin tightening;
  2. scalp and hair treatment: for better hair follicles nutrition, better blood circulation, reducing itching and discomfort, and stimulating hair growth;
  1. sports recovery: treating muscle spasms, alleviating injury-induced inflammation, swelling, and bruises, and speeding up post-surgery recovery. 

A cryo facial device opens new market opportunities for your business, allows expanding your customer base, and helps achieve extra profit out of minimum to moderate investment. 

If you have any questions or doubts about cryofacial machine purchase, please contact our sales team for detailed information and advice. 

Cryotherapy In Beauty Industry FAQ

Whole-body and local cryotherapy have a lot in common, but there is an essential difference between these treatments.

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The skin is the largest organ protecting the human body from all kinds of external impacts, including germs and toxic substances. Besides, the skin ranks first among other organs in lymphatic microvessel density. This is important for additional protection, as lymphatic drainage helps scavenge foreign materials.

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Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It functions as a scaffold, binding tissues and cells, and provides strength and structure to the organs. Collagen can be found throughout the body: in the skin, tendons, ligaments, and adipose tissue. It is crucial for bone formation. Moreover, collagen forms the walls of blood vessels. It is a major component of hair and nails. When it comes to the skin, collagen provides an underpinning matrix to preserve its firmness and elasticity.

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Why is our skin aging? The most crucial reason for age-related skin defects is the poor blood supply. Over time, the blood flow in the skin gets worse. Metabolism slows down, the skin receives less oxygen and nutrients, and waste products do not flush out easily. Signs of aging, like wrinkles, sagging, and impaired skin barrier function result from poor blood flow.

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Esthetic and medical cosmetology often use minimally invasive and invasive treatments to drastically improve the customer’s skin appearance. Laser procedures and injection-based face modeling may be rather painful and involve side effects like bruising, swelling, puffiness, redness, etc. That’s where freezing temperatures produced by cryofacial machines get in the game. Cold air stream targeting the treatment area during laser tattoo removal makes the procedure more comfortable and less painful. Below-freezing temperatures, enveloping the skin after aggressive treatments, calm down irritated skin and facilitate blood and lymph circulation to flush out the damaged cells and toxins and nourish the skin. In addition, they block pain signals from the receptors to the brain to soothe the post-treatment pain, and accelerate the recovery on the whole.

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Spot cryotherapy machines are extremely universal. Apart from beauty salons and spa centers, these devices are widely used by professional athletes and are available in trendy sports & fitness centers which try to keep ahead of the latest technologies improving the customer experience.

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The occurrence of cryotherapy in its present form has transformed the world of beauty, wellness, and athletic recovery. The popularity of freezing treatments only grows, despite economic storms rocking the boats of almost every business sector. After a short lull caused by the global pandemic, the cryotherapy market growth curve rushed up again and still is far from reaching its peak.

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