What is Fire and Ice Facial?
05 February 2018
Contrast therapy, also known as hot/cold immersion therapy. This technique is used to detoxify and replenish the body. Warming of the tissues causes vasodilation of the blood vessels and then introducing cold will cause vasoconstriction of the vessels.
This action results in a “pumping” of the stagnant fluid out of the area. Lymphatic drainage is what we call it in the skincare world. This process is so beneficial to our skin. Remember the face dunking into the ice cold water in the 70’s? (man, did I just age myself?) well, this step was a de-puffer if you will. The cold was anti-inflammatory and also gave the skin a nice rosy complexion, while adding in some skin tightening too. Throw in some warming and you have yourself the best facial treatment on the red carpet. That is, if you have any Golden Globes or Oscars to attend. I guess a wedding or birthday will do.
Introducing the Fire and Ice facial by iS Clinical. This amazing treatment (FYI is my go to treatmentwhenever I go away, to insure clear skin while on vacay) uses the idea of contrast therapy to stimulate tissues in the skin. After cleansing and extractions, the “Fire” part is first applied. This step is a clay based mask with a cocktail of AHA’s and BHA’s. Add in some potent antioxidants like green tea extract and top it off with some aromatics like cinnamon and pumpkin. All these ingredients mixed together will cause a warming to the skin, thus resulting in a detox and also resurfacing of the skin. Wait a few minutes while you smell like cookies, the mask is then removed, neutralized with a second cleanse and then we finish with the “Ice” part. This rejuvenating mask is the icing on the cake, literally. Using cold stones the cooling mask is gently massaged over the face. It’s like having someone draw on your face with an ice cube. The rejuvenating mask is packed with Hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, licorice extract and some more green tea extract. These ingredients will soothe and hydrate the skin. Leaving a firm and bright finish. A little blushing may occur on some, but who wouldn’t when you’re looking so fine! The Fire and Ice facial has little to no downtime, peeling or other negative side effects. Frequency of treatments, cus you know you’ll want more can, be done 4-6 weeks apart.
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It’s like having someone draw on your face with an ice cube. The rejuvenating mask is packed with Hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, licorice extract and some more green tea extract.
By Susie Santos