Mar08

Extreme Beauty: That Time I Got Frozen at Cryo Miami

That’s me, the last time I was really, really cold. I was sleeveless in a dress in Colorado in February. The things I do for photos.

This is a cryogenic chamber at Cryo Miami.

And this is me, sans sleeveless dress, being the coldest I’ve ever been in probably my entire life. Why? Because it was -135 degrees. Why in the world would I do that? Am I crazy, you ask? Just watch the video below.

So why in the name of God would I subject such extreme temperatures? Let me remind you, this is Extreme Beauty, where I try out all kinds of stuff in the name of beauty. Cryo Miami opened a bit back. I was invited to test it out. The benefits of cryogenic chambers range from reducing inflammation and stimulating the brain to stimulating your metabolism. Why would you pass up any of those things? So I went. And you’ll never guess how it all turned out. Well, actually, you will if you keep reading, so go ahead and do that.

Cryogenic chambers were actually invented back in the ’70s as a means to help with rheumatoid arthritis. They are giant tanks full of liquid nitrogen that you willingly climb into in nothing more than slippers, socks and gloves. Then, vapors rise up, all the while cooling you down, down to -135 degrees for 3 minutes. Your head and shoulders stay above. Everything below is well, subjected to extreme cold.

At first, it’s not so bad. Then, the next thing you know, your body goes into survival mode and all of the heat leaves your limbs (which your body can live without) and moves up to your torso to protect your organs (which your body cannot live without). So while it feels like you legs may freeze off, your middle is actually warm. It’s trippy. Plus, it’s amazing to see how well-designed God made us.

By the time you reach the last 30 seconds of your 3 minutes, you’re feeling a lot like a human popsicle. But there’s something oddly peaceful about it. Something soothing even.

Your skin warms back up upon climbing out and before you know it, you’re back to your normal body temp. Only something is different. You’re better. Things under the surface are working and you aren’t even aware of it.

After my time in the tank, I got a frozen facial, which uses vapors that are near -160-something degrees. And it was delicious, like sitting with your face too close to the AC vent on a unbearably hot day. The benefits of it include tightening up everything in your face. It was like a Magic Eraser for the dark circles and bags under my eyes. The facial is 12 minutes long and when you leave, your hair will be so cold it will feel wet. But again, just because you are done, your facial isn’t. Beneath the surface it keeps working. You see the full results the next day. And it sticks with you for days.

The best part of the whole experience at CryoMiami was this:

I’ve suffered from miserable arthritis in my wrists since I was 14. It comes from doing gymnastics for the first half of my life. Since then, I’ve been able to predict the weather. I know when rain is coming, when the temp will drop and when a hurricane is swirling around out there. And most of the time those predictions come with such god-awful aching suffering, that I either double over in misery or I down a bottle of Advil to tolerate the gnawing pain that comes with it.

But since my time in the tank, which has been about a month now, I’ve been completely arthritis-free. And we’ve had weather snafus that should have left me feeling otherwise.

I’m not sure how long this spell will last, but I’m blow away at how well it worked, the fact that it worked and how awesome the results are. I’m shocked it worked, but it does. It totally does. How cool is that? (Pun intended.)