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Cryo Tools Are Your Secret Weapon Against Puffiness

Move over jade rollers—there’s a new beauty tool in town.

By: Hannah Baxter

We’re no stranger to beauty tools around here, which is why we’ve been obsessed with testing out the hot new kid on the block—or should we say, freezing cold? Cryo tools—devices that are designed to be stored in cold temperatures and provide a cooling sensation on the skin—have long been a popular part of professional facials to help with everything from reducing puffiness to increasing circulation and brightness, enhancing firmness, and soothing irritation. You’ve probably already tried storing your jade roller in the freezer for an early-morning pick-me-up. Swapping that out with a cryo tool can help prolong the cooling effect, since they are often made with medical-grade stainless steel and can stay cold for over half an hour (seriously!). Says celebrity facialist Georgia Louise, Using cryo tools has so many skin-care benefits, including calming inflammation, puffiness, and irritated skin, helping to reduce acne, improving blood circulation, and tightening pores. A study done found that exposing the sebaceous glands to a temperature of -8° Celsius [about 18° Fahrenheit] reduced the number of sebum-producing cells, thus preventing excessive sebum production. When you undergo cryotherapy, the intense cold air makes your blood vessels contract and then expand. This leads to increased blood flow to your skin and makes it look healthy and radiant.

Try incorporating a cryo tool into your morning beauty and massage routine to keep your skin looking glowy and healthy. Check out five of our favorites below.


BeautyBio Cryo Duo Roller, $85

This new dual-ended cryo roller is perfect if you’re a jade-rolling pro, or just new to cryotherapy in general. The medical-grade stainless steel holds the cold temperature (just a few degrees up from freezing, so give it five minutes after you take it out of the fridge or freezer) for longer than it would with just a jade or amethyst roller. We like to keep ours on our WFH desk to roll out our cheekbones, neck, eyes, and jawline in between Zoom calls. Bye-bye, puffiness.

Georgia Louise Cryo Freeze Tools, $125

If you can’t make it in to see renowned facialist Georgia Louise (and really, who can right now?), don’t worry—you can replicate her signature depuffing and sculpting massage at home with these freeze globes (which can stay cold for a whopping 45 minutes). Just roll the tools from the middle of your face up and outward to increase circulation, maximize your glow, and banish any lingering fluid buildup. The plastic handles also stay at room temperature so your fingers won’t get cold. Bonus: If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies, this can help calm any skin irritation.

Stacked Skincare Ice Roller, $30

If you still love the feeling of rolling out your skin with a jade roller, then consider adding this stainless-steel ice roller to your beauty routine. Soothe redness and irritation while also massaging away fluid buildup. Nothing feels better after a workout or a hot afternoon out in the sun (and if you happen to get a sunburn, apply some aloe before rolling, and get to work).

Sephora Facial Cooling Globes, $25

If the intensity of a freezing-cold tool isn’t quite your speed, try popping these rounded cooling globes into your fridge for a morning pick-me-up. The smaller size is ideal for navigating around the eye area, where puffiness and fluid buildup is most prominent. Try to use them a few times per week for maximum effectiveness (especially after a night of drinking or sodium overload).

SiO Cryo Drop, $115

If you’re more of a gua sha fan, then this medical-grade steel tool is for you. The tool’s surface micropores offer “diamagnetic action,” which essentially helps push products away from its magnetic field and into your skin. Keep this guy in the freezer, and then apply your favorite skin-nourishing serum or oil before launching into your preferred gua sha massage technique.

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