This body freezing treatment promises to reduce signs of ageing, speed up metabolism, reduce cellulite and improve hair and skin condition.
Step by step
Changing into my underwear, a robe, slippers and gloves, I step into the treatment room where I’m greeted by a gigantic illuminated capsule that has icy white vapour billowing from the top. I take a deep breath, step inside and disrobe. It’s cold, very cold; the temperature gauge tells me it’s -120°C.
Cryo-health general manager Ali Omar keeps talking, which is a nice distraction. After about 90 seconds, I begin to shiver. The temperature has reached -160°C, almost twice as cold as it gets in Antarctica! I feel my thighs begin to tingle and have to really focus on keeping my breath steady while I fight the urge to get out. Suddenly, Ali switches the machine off – my three minutes are up. I climb onto the bike opposite and pedal to bring some heat back to my body. Then it’s time for the facial. This is a different experience altogether, lying on a bed as the therapist cleanses my skin then introduces the Cryo. The first few minutes are lovely; akin to someone gently blowing cold air on your skin. After five minutes, the temperature increases and I feel less comfortable but the whole facial experience is certainly more than tolerable.
After all the promises I’m a little disappointed. Immediately after, the skin on my face feels a bit tighter, but I don’t notice any lasting effects.
• It’s fast; it only takes 20 minutes.
• The staff really know their stuff and help put you at ease.
• If you’re looking for visible results, you need to do multiple sessions.
• They recommend every one or two days for up to two weeks.
• It’s a bit on the pricey side.
Dhs650 for Cryofacial and whole body cryotherapy. Packages available. Cryo-health, The Boulevard 1, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, www.cryohealth.com (04 351 8300).