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Everything You Need To Know About 'Cryo' Tools

You’ve seen the roll-and-go tools all over Instagram, but what exactly do 'cryo' or ice rollers do for the skin? Designed to be chilled to deliver a cooling, tightening effect to the skin, the simple, hand-held tool is best known for its ability to quickly de-puff and soothe a tired or inflamed complexion. But as skin experts explain, the trending tool offers a host of other legitimate skin-care benefits, too.

Ahead, all of the ice roller benefits to know about and common questions we've encountered.



What are the benefits of ice-rolling?

“Ice rollers stimulate the lymphatic system and massage the face to get rid of puffiness and toxins, stimulate blood flow and reduce muscle tension,” explains Nitasha Goel, founder of The Cure Skincare. “Anything ‘cryo’ is anti-inflammatory, meaning it will slow the effects of aging, speed up healing and can stimulate collagen production,”

Even better, the cooling action of the tool also allows for a refreshed, brighter-looking appearance. “Ice rollers may also help constrict blood vessels, thus decreasing inflammation and reducing the appearance of broken capillaries,” she adds.


How do you use ice rollers?


There’s no “wrong” way to use an ice roller, but those who know offer some guidance:

  • Start at the centre of your jaw rolling the tools towards your hairline.
  • Working your way up your face, section by section
  • Use upward, outward strokes to roll the tool along the skin, making sure to apply just enough pressure to massage the skin, as using too much pressure can cause irritation.
  • Repeat each step 10 to 20 times in a row
  • To de-puff the under-eyes, gently roll the tool along the area, applying little to no pressure.
  • You can hold the tools for 20 to 15 seconds for a little extra depuff. 


When is the best time to use one?

Barring a couple of exceptions you can ice roll whenever you’d like. Along with rolling first thing in the morning to take down any morning puffiness, Goel says reaching for your ice roller as the last step of your skin-care routine is always a good idea.



Should you ice roll with skin-care products?

“I recommend using your ice roller to help spread products to all areas of your face,” also suggests Goel. “For example, you can apply the Face + Neck Serum to your face and then use your Cold Roller Tools to spread the product to your under eyes, forehead, temples, cheeks, etc. Massaging the face with the roller can help the topical product absorb into the skin.”

Nitasha's bonus tip: Rolling a 'cryo' tool over a sheet mask will also allow the ingredients to better penetrate the skin and deliver a soothing, relaxing effect.


How do you clean them?

After indulging in all the ice roller benefits, don’t forget to clean your tool. To ensure your roller isn’t harboring any bacteria, be sure to give it a quick wipe down with a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol or with mild soap and water after each use. Before popping it back in the freezer or fridge to chill, place it in a separate bag or container to keep it free from contamination.


Have you tried Ice rolling? Any questions we missed? Leave a comment below or message us on Instagram @thetruthbeautycompany to let us know.

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