Oxygen is our most essential life source – we cannot exist without it. Oxygen gives our body the ability to rebuild itself, detoxify the blood, displace deadly free radicals, help our cells survive, reproduce and regenerate, and so much more.
Unfortunately our skin is the last organ to receive the oxygen that we breathe in. These low levels of oxygen can eventually cause the skin to look dull, lifeless, wrinkled and thin.
The forced delivery of oxygen to the face is believed to help combat the look and feel of dull, lifeless skin by introducing a stream of oxygen directly into the epidermis using hyperbaric pressure. The pressure aids in the rapid absorption of active ingredients used in the treatment to help the skin look plump, supple and younger.
The active ingredients most frequently used during an oxygen facial (a process called ‘infusion’) have a base of hyaluronic acid, and may include Vitamins A,C, E and green tea which are powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals. While you relax, the hyperbaric oxygen and rejuvenating serums stimulate the growth of new cells and elastin in the lower levels of the skin while plumping the surface skin to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
DID YOU KNOW?
Hyaluronic acid is used by doctors in burn units to heal the skin
Do They Work?
Many people who experience the non-surgical oxygen facial treatment see an immediate change in their appearance. Most notably, celebrities like Madonna have praised oxygen facials for their rejuvenating effect, claiming that the treatment brings their face to a near flawless state.
The effects of oxygen facials are said to last about two days and are ideal for helping you look your best for a special occasion. Others prefer a series of treatments for more lasting results, followed by monthly touch-up visits.
There is much debate on the efficacy of oxygen facials, however. On the one hand, many doctors doubt the effectiveness of the treatment due to the lack of clinical trials or scientific studies, and manufacturers are not required to conduct studies or submit such devices for approval to the Food and Drug Administration for evidence that they deliver on the promise. On the other hand, those who offer the treatments say the facials can force oxygen and moisturizers into the skin for a temporary improvement. And, of course, celebrities everywhere swear by the treatment, claiming that it makes their faces smoother, younger, healthier.
So the decision is yours. If you are looking for an instant boost for a special occasion (the results only last about two days) oxygen facials can be an ideal option.
How much can you expect to pay? Depending on where you go for treatment, a single oxygen facial can cost between $200 – $500.
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