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Fire and Ice Facial – What It Is and What to Expect

Categories : Aesthetics

The Fire and Ice Facial is popular with many Hollywood celebrities to achieve an immediate radiant and younger-looking skin. Often referred to as the Red Carpet Treatment, it is a treatment to turn to for the photo-ready-look on special occasions.

As the name implies, the treatment consists of applying heat and cooling processes. It is an intensive chemical treatment involving a mild peel then followed immediately by supply the skin with nutrients.

Fire and Ice Facial Treatment Process

The treatment begins with cleansing the face. The “fire” part comes in the form of a masque containing glycolic acid, lactic acid, citric acid and retinol. It stays on the face 5 minutes or less. This resurfacing masque exfoliates the skin, removing the surface layer of the epidermis to reveal the softer layer underneath. This part of the treatment could help with congested skin. The treatment reduces fine lines and wrinkles, giving the client a smoother and more youthful look. This part of the treatment also increases blood flow and circulation. The imposed trauma to the skin aims to stimulate cellular renewal. In response, the skin then produces collagen in the following days.

The face is then neutralised. The “ice” part is a rejuvenating masque with hyaluronic acid, soothing aloe vera and natural antioxidant ingredients such as grape seed extract, green tea extract and rosemary extract. It is to cool down and calm down the skin to reduce any inflammation or swelling in the skin. After the trauma-inducing “fire” part of the treatment, the “ice” part supplies the face with healing, hydrating, repairing and regenerating agents.

The face is then cleaned again to remove any residual treatment. A moisturizing serum applied to the face to lock in more nutrients for the skin. A sunscreen then applied to the face to protect the skin from the sun.

Effect of the Fire and Ice Treatment

The resurfacing of the skin and the application of nutrients has the effect of brightening, tightening and smoothing the face. It reduces wrinkles and encourages the skin to produce collagen, resulting in a glow to the face.

Note on the Aesthetic Clinic Treatment

The treatment involves a mild chemical peel and as such caution should be taken. While on average the downtime is a matter of hours, some may experience it longer, with redness persisting over the next day or two. As such, the treatment is best not to be taken immediately before a special event, but at least one or two days earlier. Best to consult a doctor.

Note: IS Clinical Fire and Ice Treatment is a professional only resurfacing facial.

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