We tried cryotherapy - the cult beauty treatment that freezes your whole body for health benefits
As serious beauty junkies, we’re always willing to experiment with the most out-there spa and wellness treatments, simply because we’ll try anything once. If a beauty trend promises collagen growth, a healthy glow, and pain relief, of course we’re going to jump on that train to check it out for ourselves. So even though as tropical-babies we are normally very cold-averse (this Editor traded London back for Jakarta mainly because she was absolutely done with winter), when we had the opportunity to try cryotherapy at Polaris Cryotherapy we just had to give it a go.
Polaris Cryotherapy is a wellness clinic that is the first place to offer cryotherapy in Jakarta. For the uninitiated, cryotherapy is an alternative treatment that safely stimulates blood circulation to speed up metabolism, encourages collagen growth and ease muscle pain. Depending on whether you’re getting a full body treatment or targeted cryofacial, sub-zero nitrogen gas is blasted onto the treated area with healing benefits that supposedly include muscle pain relief, calorie burning, and better sleep. Cryotherapy gained popularity thanks to professional athletes like LeBron James who heralds cryotherapy for its muscle soothing properties – just think of it as a high-tech alternative to an ice bath to relieve sore muscles.
Curious about cryotherapy? We went down to Polaris Cryotherapy to check out what this cool wellness trend is all about. 😉 What other beauty trends do you want to see us try? #HoneycombersJKT
由 Honeycombers Jakarta 发布于 2017年9月19日
For the full body cryotherapy treatment, you strip down and step into the cryo-chamber where you are almost completely sans clothes except for pasties, thick socks, and proper winter gloves, and exposed to freezing temperatures that go down to -120°C. If you feel nervous by the sub-zero air, don’t worry – as long as you keep moving, those three minutes in the chamber will fly by. The experienced Polaris Cryotherapy team will monitor you throughout the appointment and give words of encouragement in case you start laughing nervously in wonder of whether you’ll survive the next few minutes (which happened to us). The technician starts you off with -80°C, and gradually decreases the temperature each minute. The sensation feels like you’re running through a freezing winter’s day – but it isn’t quite as cold as you’d expect. We shivered, but survived! And you really do feel alert and energized the moment you finally step out.
The cryotherapy facials on the other hand are extremely soothing. Especially in tropical temperatures where the days can always feel too humid to function even in air-conditioned rooms, the feeling of the cold breeze wafting through your skin for 8 minutes is relaxing and meditative. The cold air is meant to deliver an anti-aging boost that will de-puff skin and give you a nice fresh glow. Unlike regular facials, you’re even allowed to keep your full face of make-up on – making this just the right beauty treatment to give you a nice boost before a big event.
Would we go again? Probably, for kicks. The extreme cold was shocking, but energizing and soothing, and we would definitely return if we needed that fresh and healthy glow.
Video by Shinta Dharmayu Sunoto.