Oxygen is delivered to the body through the bloodstream. Healthy supplies of oxygen give our skin brightness and clarity. Scientific evidence has proven that stable, natural oxygen significantly increases skin cell metabolism, maximizing the skin’s regenerative powers. As we age, however, capillaries break down delivering less blood flow and less oxygen to the skin. This lack of oxygen leads to dull, lifeless skin, less collagen production, fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
There are very few products that can penetrate the outer layer of the skin and there is no scientific evidence that oxygen-based products can penetrate the skin or that oxygen can stay in a manufactured product. Nevertheless, skincare companies and manufacturers are addressing the issue of oxygen-depleted skin by creating oxygen-infused products of varying kinds, generating an impressive $4.2 million in just 10 months of sales in 2012, according to the NPD Group, a market research company. What’s more, they state that those numbers were up by 54% compared to the same time period in 2011.
Given the potential skin-rejuvenating benefits of increased oxygen levels delivered to the skin, there is no shortage of companies creating oxygen-based formulas with claims of rejuvenated, radiant skin. Here are a few of those who are in the forefront of this growing trend:
Philosophy Oxygen Peel® is a two-step skin rejuvenation treatment that has been a best seller for the company since 1996. This long-standing customer favorite bathes the skin in oxygen, while rapidly exfoliating, smoothing, and hydrating the skin. This peel claims to help relieve congested and blocked pores, buffer fine lines, minimize the appearance of large pores, and improve overall skin texture, resulting in skin that is radiantly clear and beautifully bright. In an independent clinical study, 100% of subjects who used this two-step process had brighter, more radiant skin after just 1 use.
Newer oxygen-based products by Philosophy are Oxygen Boost Daily Energizing Oxygen Elixir, and Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Energizing Oxygen Gel Cream Moisturizer. The newer products containperfluorodecalin, an agent that dissolves and delivery oxygen into the skin where it’s most needed.
Bliss – the spa giant renowned for their facials, massages and more, have a created a number of oxygen-infused products. The company’s spas also offer an oxygen facial that promises radiant skin – it is by far their most popular treatment. Based on the popularity of that treatment, Bliss recently added other oxygen-based products to their line, including their Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask, a frothy mask that releases oxygen into the skin, leaving your complexion is instantly brighter, fresher, and younger-looking, the Instant Energizing Eye Mask with 3 forms of glow-inducing oxygenation, and the Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Cleansing Foam, a foaming cleanser that delivers a burst of oxygen to dull, tired skin. Bliss stands by their oxygen products claiming that “…oxygen increases circulation, which increases the delivery of nutrition to the skin, and gives your skin energy. It also kills bacteria which keeps post-facial breakouts away”according to Susan Grey, Regional Vice President of Bliss Spa Operations.
Oxygen Pür – advanced Oxygen Pür Skin Serum harnesses the healing power of oxygen, leveraging patented oxygen infusion technology to deliver the most effective transdermal (through the skin) transfer of dissolved, stabilized oxygen directly into the deeper layers of the dermis, immediately elevating tissue oxygen levels in excess of fifteen times the norm.
Natura Bissé, a skin-care company based in Barcelona, has been offering an oxygen-themed line of six products since October 2012. Their oxygen products are based on stabilized hydrogen peroxide, which delivers molecules directly into the skin. This active ingredient breaks down into water and oxygen, and then supplies the skin with oxygen, which enables it to breathe.
The Bottom Line
The debate about the efficacy of oxygen-infused skincare products in ongoing. Some say that many practitioners have yet to catch up on the advanced technology, while others claim that oxygen is not an active ingredient so therefore cannot be absorbed by the skin. There is no question, oxygen facials are a hit among celebrities who are constantly under pressure to look young, vibrant and healthy. So contact your local spa or Aesthetician and test an oxygen treatment for yourself – see if you skin looks and feel different.
Then, try these new products for yourself and remember to give the product time to work its magic. It takes at least four weeks of regular use to notice whether a product is making a difference to your skin. Apart from that, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise will deliver the right amount of oxygen you need to maintain healthy, vibrant skin.