Oxygen facial therapy is one of the newest anti-aging treatments to hit the market,and it’s been rapidly growing in popularity due to the numerous celebrities who have had it done .
Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow for example consider it to be one of their favorite skin care treatments.
The basic idea behind this beauty treatment is to apply pure oxygen to the skin or with active ingredients to rejuvenate its appearance and create a more radiant look.
Oxygen facials can be done on both men and women, and promise to offer benefits such as firming up the skin, softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making expression lines less obvious, and improving blood circulation in your skin.
For a non-invasive skin rejuvenating treatment these are quite some impressive benefits! But does having an oxygen facial actually work?
Why Apply Oxygen to the Skin?
Oxygen facials are designed to deliver oxygen to your skin in the form of a mist, mask, gel or facial cream, and work on the basis that if oxygen in the body is good for your skin, then applying it directly to the surface of the skin is even better.
Some claim that if you want to remain looking young for as long as possible then this type of treatment is necessary because oxygen levels in the facial tissues naturally decline with age due to worsening blood circulation.
So by helping to restore oxygen levels, you can help to improve the health of your skin and delay the signs of aging.
Most oxygen facial therapy treatment also use some kind of anti-aging serum and oxygen is used as a delivery mechanism to enhance the absorption of ingredients which are beneficial to the skin.
Oxygen itself can also be used to kill bacteria and so it can be useful for helping to give the skin a clearer looking complexion or for treating skin disorders such as acne.
An oxygen facial is usually carried out with a small pen like device called an airbrush. When placed on the face, the airbrush blasts pure oxygen - also known as Hyperbaric Oxygen - at high pressure into the epidermis.
The airbrush can also contain a variety of anti-aging ingredients such as: vitamins, antioxidants, nutrient extracts, botanicals, minerals and moisturizers, which will then be blasted into your skin along with the oxygen.
At high pressure this anti-aging serum can reach deeper into the epidermis, where it can then be absorbed more effectively and produce greater beneficial effects.
This is perhaps one of the biggest advantages of oxygen facial as most skin care ingredients found in commercial beauty products are made up of molecules that are too large to pass into the deeper layers of the skin.
Hyaluronic acid and collagen, for example, are commonly found in anti-aging skin creams. But the molecular size of the molecules which are used in such creams prevents them from passing into the skin when applied topically.
So even though these ingredients may help to sell products, they offer little, if any, real beneficial effects.
However, if ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid are applied via high pressure into the skin with oxygen at a lower molecular weight, they can pass deeper into the epidermal layer and so stand a much better chance of actually doing something useful.
What does the treatment feel like ?
Most people describe an oxygen facial as feeling like someone using a mini pressure washer to spray a cool liquid on their face.
Of course, being a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment an oxygen facial isn’t painful.
What results can I expect?
After your facial has been completed, which can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes, your face will feel very smooth, hydrated and plump, especially if you have opted to have ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid in your serum.
The plumpness of your skin will also help to fade out the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles and expression lines, producing a similar, although not as dramatic effect as you would get from having Botox.
You should also notice an improved color and glowing radiance to your skin with a clearer complexion thanks to increased blood circulation and higher tissue oxygenation levels.
You can apply makeup almost immediately after your treatment is over so there is no downtime after your facial .
How long does it last?
As normally, the results from your first treatment session will last for about few days.
The effects are however cumulative, so the more treatments you get the better your skin will look.
A full course of treatment involves having one oxygen facial per week for six weeks .
After this period, results can last for 1-3 months although most beauty therapists recommend having a once monthly maintenance treatment to maintain your results.
Does oxygen facial work ?
There has been a lot of debate over whether oxygen facial treatments really work but for anyone who has had one done there is no debate because the results speak for themselves.