WHAT IS FROTOX?
Frotox is essentially a cryotherapy facial, but has been given its nickname due to its tightening and smoothing abilities. Alongside cleansing, massage and extractions, the facial treatment involves using targeted jets of dry ice (liquid nitrogen) onto the face to gradually lower the temperature of the skin from around 35°C, to around 7°C. This process causes vaso restriction, where the blood vessels to the skin shrink, allowing a reduction in redness, inflammation and puffiness. While all can benefit from the soothing effect, the treatment is especially effective on skins with inflammatory conditions like acne and rosacea.
Lottie Winter, beauty editor
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I have breakout-prone but sensitive skin, meaning that skincare ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid and Vitamin C, that would ordinarily be useful to treat blemishes, easily and quickly cause irritation and redness. It would be brilliant to find a treatment that was able to alleviate my breakouts and open pores without causing further flair ups!
I book in for the Ice Clear Facial at skincare brand Sunday Riley’s treatment room within Hershesons – the one-stop shop for all your beauty requirements with offerings from The Light Salon, Ministry Of Wax, Suman Brows and DryBy nail bar on top of their signature cut, colour and blow dries.
The treatment room is tucked away towards the back, and once inside, you wouldn’t have a clue you were in the midst of a busy salon. The room is small but captures all the tranquility of a spa, along with the added merit of some seriously impressive medical devices and skincare machines.
My facial begins with thorough cleansing and facial massage to aid lymphatic drainage, moving along all the toxins and tension in my facial muscles. Next, steaming and extractions to unblock and deep clean my pores and address any existing breakouts. Next, a light treatment using a multitude of light frequencies to treat all manner of ailments (red light to boost collagen, blue light to target bacteria, and yellow light to aid repair). While it’s not the most relaxing experience, this is exactly what I want from a facial – something that will actually improve my skin health and quality, and something that I couldn’t do myself at home.