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August 14, 2020
Have you ever stored your Jade Roller in the fridge before using it or splashed your face with cold water? Well, there are actually several physiological mechanisms that are activated when facial skin is exposed to cold temperatures. This signalling cascade can have some amazing benefits for your skin and overall health. Read on to learn about the science behind cold therapy.
Cold therapy isn’t rocket science, simply applying any cold fluid or instrument (usually around 0-5 degrees Celsius in temperature) to facial skin is all it takes to reap the aesthetic rewards. The body’s reaction to this cold can stimulate numerous systems that can improve the look and function of your skin.
In addition to cosmetic benefits, cold therapy can also help with calming the body and mind. Research shows that applying cold water or tools to the face can trigger what called the mammalian dive reflex . This is an innate human response that is thought to have developed to conserve oxygen when submerged in water . Interestingly, this reflex can be stimulated simply from applying cold to facial skin . When facial nerves sense a cold stimulus, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, decreasing stress hormones and increasing calming neurotransmitters [2, 3]. The result is a decrease in heart rate and a reduction of anxiety and stress [4, 5].
Cold therapy is a simple step to add to any routine. Practicing cold therapy at home can be as easy as splashing your face with cold water in the morning or storing your facial tools in the fridge. To take your skin care practice to the next level, check out the Consonant Cooling Globes for the ultimate at-home cold therapy experience. Learn more about how to incorporate Cooling Globes into your routine HERE.
So, whether it’s a cold shower or a luxurious at-home-facial, cold therapy is another way you can take your daily skin care practice from regimen to ritual.
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 Brown, C. M., Sanya, E. O., & Hilz, M. J. (2003). Effect of cold face stimulation on cerebral blood flow in humans. Brain research bulletin, 61(1), 81-86.
 Hurwitz, B. E., & Furedy, J. J. (1986). The human dive reflex: an experimental, topographical and physiological analysis. Physiology & behavior, 36(2), 287-294.
 Aktaş, Y. Y., & Karabulut, N. (2019). The use of cold therapy, music therapy and lidocaine spray for reducing pain and anxiety following chest tube removal. Complementary therapies in clinical practice, 34, 179-184.
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