The Cold, Hard Facts

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Cold therapy – or “cryotherapy” – is the practice of applying something cold to the source of pain. For years, cold therapy has been used to reduce pain, swelling and nerve activity using ice, cold packs, and ice baths. Now, topical cold therapy pain relievers like Biofreeze offer additional benefits.

Biofreeze vs. Ice

Ice is the original cold therapy solution. Like Biofreeze, it reduces arterial blood flow to the applied area, while increasing circulation in the skin. There are some disadvantages to ice, however, such as stiffness, skin irritation, temporary pain and numbness, and the fact that it requires inactivity during application. Biofreeze offers the benefits of ice, and more. In a study of Biofreeze vs ice on acute uncomplicated neck pain, Biofreezewas found to be:
  • Nearly twice as powerful in relieving pain
  • Substantially more comfortable and convenient
  • Longer-lasting in 9 out of 10 patients
  • Generally preferred

Topical Cold Therapy vs. Oral Pain Relievers

Oral pain relievers are available over-the-counter or by prescription. More and more, people and professionals alike are considering topical analgesics like Biofreeze over oral options, because topical cold therapy pain relievers:

  • Offer non-addictive, targeted relief at the point of pain
  • Have minimal levels of systemic absorption, meaning a lower risk of systemic toxicity (overdose) or drug interaction
  • Are available without a prescription

Cold Therapy Plus Professional Care

Combining the soothing relief of cold therapy with the expert care of a health professional maximizes benefits for people in pain. That’s why we partner with chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and podiatrists to bring people the best possible results in the office and between visits. 


DO I NEED A 12 STEP PROGRAM? And some other questions answered by a skincare junkie...

One thing most skincare systems have in common is the amount of steps involved. Common information about almost any skincare regime states the basic steps are: cleansing, toning, moisturizing, eye cream, and spf. In recent months, the 10-12 step protocols commonly found in Korean Skincare have been all the craze.

A few searches about Korean Skincare regimens will point you towards a number of intricate, multifaceted product lines. I know the first thing you brain questions is: Are 10 steps really necessary?! Based on our research, the answer is... Sometimes! Depending on your skin type, concerns and goals, every protocol will be different!

Luckily for us, Aveda has tapped into one of the most popular elements of these complex regimes that can fit in to ANYONE'S program, Skin Essences! (You may have heard them called softening lotions, conditioning lotions or watery lotions.)

**Drum roll**

Introducing the newest member of the Botanical Kinetics line: Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Treatment Lotion

BK hydrating lotion

  • This revolutionary product is a daily, 99% naturally derived* treatment lotion that helps provide instant hydration and maintain the skin's moisture balance.
  • It's aroma blend featuring rose and certified organic German camomile and eucalyptus will quench any skin type's thirst!
  • This water-thin fluid contains naturally derived* humectants, including sodium hyaluronate and a moisturizing algae blend to help provide instant hydration.

We mentioned two ingredients above that you may not be too familiar with. So let's take a second to learn a little about our skin's composition.
  • Sodium hyaluronate: is found naturally in the joints, eyes and skin. It's abundant in the dermis of young skin, and is what makes babies looks so supple and moist. Levels of this important compound decline with age.
  • Algae blend: Supplies skin & hair with natural minerals and vitamins, especially suitable for sensitive and irritated skin

These components work synergistically with the Botanical Kinetics exfoliant to prepare the skin for serums and moisturizers. Think of it as primer, the bus delivering the active ingredients of it's companion product passengers further and more efficiently.

CLICK HERE to experience this unique product during your next Aveda Facial!

To use: after cleansing and toning, pour a few drops into the hand and press into the skin with the fingertips. Apply before serums and moisturizers. Use morning and evening as a part of a daily skin care regimen.