The At-Home Cryo Tools That Instantly Sculpt, De-Puff, and Rival a $300 Facial


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As a beauty writer, I've tried my fair share of skin devices—from microcurrents to LED face masks and beyond. And while I love a high-tech device just as much as the next person, I find myself reaching for a rather low-tech option more often than not. I'm talking about at-home cryotherapy tools (or cryo tools for short).

These tools include those trendy ice rollers and ice globes that we see on social media, and they're used to cool down the temperature of the skin. That might seem simple—even unnecessary—but they offer multiple benefits. I, for one, use them to de-puff my face after a late night (or a bad case of seasonal allergies) and to bring a fresh-faced glow back to my stubbornly dull skin. Keep scrolling to learn more about the benefits of cryo tools. Plus, shop the 10 best ones to sculpt, de-puff, and awaken your skin. Trust me, use one of these semi-regularly, and you'll look like you just left a facial. 


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According to Loretta Ciraldo, MD, 

FAAD, a Miami-based board-certified derm with over 40 years of experience and the founder of Dr. Loretta skincare, these tools offer real benefits. "When we started doing ablative lasers (which produce tremendous heat) we also started to use cold sprays to keep skin cool. The added advantages were found to be lessening skin redness and decreased water loss from the skin surface, resulting In a perceptible boost in skin hydration," she explains. "From this in-office experience, we learned that cold is a therapeutic modality that can be used in-office with liquid nitrogen or at home with instruments that are very cold applied directly to the skin." 

Ciraldo also cites a 2008 study that found cold therapy can less inflammation and increase the skin's own antioxidant activity (how cool is that?).

The best part is that almost anyone can use them. "Cold devices are very good for most skin types and they can be used to lessen skin puffiness and redness as well as offer an anti-aging approach since cold activates our skin's own antioxidants," Ciraldo says. However, anyone who has a cold sensitivity, such as those with Raynaud's Syndrome, should avoid cryo tools, since they could risk damaging tissue due to the cold exposure. 

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Kaitlyn McLintock
Associate Beauty Editor

Kaitlyn McLintock is an Associate Beauty Editor at Who What Wear. Although she covers a wide range of topics across a variety of categories, she specializes in celebrity interviews and skincare and wellness content. Having lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, she recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan where she works remotely. Prior to Who What Wear, she freelanced for a variety of industry-leading digital publications, including InStyle, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Coveteur. Before that, she held a long-term internship and subsequent contributor position at Byrdie. When she's not writing, researching, or testing the latest and greatest beauty products, she's working her way through an ever-growing book collection, swimming in the Great Lakes, or spending time with family.