I’m a huge fan of Germain Dermatology and the groundbreaking services that they offer. I started going to them a few years ago when I had issues with my skin and I love using their custom skincare products and taking advantage of their skin rejuvenating procedures. So when they invited me to try out their new Cryosauna and Cryofacial I was intrigued and had to try it out.
Before I went in for my treatment, the expert on hand – Mel filled me in on all the amazing benefits. Whole Body Cryotherapy is a systemic anti-inflammatory treatment involving skin exposure to ultra-low temperatures for a brief controlled time. When the skin is exposed to those temperatures (-140 to -150 degrees Celsius) the blood vessels then release anti-inflammatory proteins that go to any inflamed area in the body. The treatment is dry and tolerable and lasts for 1.5-3 minutes. They give you a robe to enter the chamber but you have to strip down to just a pair of gloves, socks, and slippers so your extremities are protected. I’m a wimp when it comes to cold temperatures so I’m surprised I stood in the chamber for almost 3 minutes! The body also releases endorphins and it boosts your metabolism (burning up to 800 calories over the next 48 hours after one treatment). After one treatment I had a burst of energy that lasted with me the entire day. I felt both relaxed and ready to tackle my usual hectic schedule.
Cryotherapy can also help with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal injuries, autoimmune and other inflammatory disorder, skin disorders such as dermatitis and psoriasis, skin aging, skin elasticity, and cellulite, athletic performance, weight management, depression, and post surgical recovery. The cost is $65 and well worth it if you are having any of these issues.
If your a busy person on the go and you want to see fast results, the Cryofacial is where it’s at! A controlled beam of vaporized liquid nitrogen is used to cool the skin of the face, scalp, and neck area. During these super hot days of 90 + temps, this treatment is a real treat! The 10-12 minute facial is $45 and is great for pore reduction while collagen production is stimulated. Because of this the skin tightens and wrinkles are reduced.
Toxins in the skin are reduced by increasing blood flow and when treating the scalp: hair growth is stimulated, by increasing blood flow. It also reduces inflammation and puffiness of the skin. The most visible difference that I saw was my the disappearance of the dark circle under my eyes. I’ve heard a lot of models pop in to get a Cryofacial right before a photoshoot so their skin can look flawless, and now I see why. The other great thing is that you can still wear makeup while you get the facial. Perfect if you need to squeeze in a quickie facial in the middle of the day.
I totally recommend the Cryotherapy treatment if you want to see and feel results. It’s refreshing and rejuvenating, and totally convenient because Germain takes walk-ins for these treatments. Now go experience the chill factor and tell them the Curator sent you!
Photography and Videography by Terrence Edwards of Current Visuals
It’s no mystery that your skin changes with age and exposure to the sun and I have personally felt the affects of all of this. Blessed with pretty decent skin from my Filipino mother and Italian father I’m still not safe from aging and the elements. Being proactive with a skincare regimen, protecting myself from the sun’s harmful rays, and drinking lots of water is how I’m taking on this challenge. Thankfully Germain Dermatology is helping me with that new skincare routine.
Starting with the Skin Tone Enhancement Lotion. This bottle contains botanical ingredients such as Kojic acid, Arbutin, Bearberry and contains green tea and other soothing antioxidants. One of the main ingredients is glyceryl stearate which acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, and gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. It also slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. The Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum is basically vitamin C in a bottle and helps to brighten and even out skin tone. Using some kind of under eye moisturizer goes without saying these days. The Hydrating Eye Serum with super hydration benefits of Hyaluronic Acid to soothe, smooth, and plump the skin in that much needed area.
The little blue bottle of hydration for your skin is the Hydra Boost Serum. The serum is packed with ingredients that reduce the signs of aging while giving you brighter, firmer and rejuvenated skin. And don’t worry, no artificial dyes were used to make this beautiful hue of blue. The Ultra Lite Moisture Dew Cream is exactly how it sounds, it’s light on the face while moisturizing the skin with oil-free ingredients and plant extracts such as aloe vera and squalane emollient.
Last but not least is the Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen SPF 50+ with both UVA and UVB protection. The suns rays are damaging and protecting your skin everyday is so vital. This sunscreen is light and smooth without the cakey layered feeling that you get with your average sunscreen, so it’s perfect to wear under your makeup.
Photography by Clifford Pate