Oxygen Facials – The Benefits!

WHAT IS AN OXYGEN FACIAL?

Oxygen facials for the beauty industry revolve around the use of medical grade oxygen as a delivery mechanism for active ingredients in to the skin. It is also used as a “wash” over the face in an attempt to stimulate or feed the skin so new collagen growth can occur.

As a delivery mechanism, the oxygen is compressed and sprayed at high pressure directly on to the skin surface. A “serum” of active ingredients such as nutrients or vitamins, are introduced to the oxygen stream just before the skin, and the combined oxygen and ingredients in the form of a high pressure jet forces its way past the skins barrier defense systems and in to the lower levels of the epidermis.

The popularity of Oxygen treatments appear to stem from the almost instant smoothing and plumping of the skins surface, a reaction that can have the effect of hiding any tiny imperfections and providing a warm “glow” to the skin.

Oxygen has incredible regenerative powers. For decades, doctors have not only recognized this fact but used it in the treatment of burns, gangrene and wounds that simply would not heal otherwise. Oxygen is essential for cell metabolism, and in turn, tissue oxygenation is essential for all normal physiological functions.  In an oxygen rich environment, bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections simply do not survive. Moreover, high concentrations of oxygen trigger the body’s own healing functions. If you are severely burned or cut, the skin will rapidly heal in such a favorable environment. It is these two very important functions of oxygen that inspired skin care experts to incorporate oxygen into esthetic treatments around the world.  Oxygen facials are especially great for smokers and asphyxiated skin!

WE ARE OXYGEN DEPRIVED?

Did you know that in pre-historic earth, the earth’s atmosphere contained oxygen levels of up to 35%? The level of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. Today, thanks to the Industrial Revolution and deforestation, that number has gone down to 21%. And in some major cities, that number is even worse- as low as 17%! What does that mean for our bodies? Around 10,000 years ago, the planet’s forest cover was at least twice what it is today, which means that forests are now emitting only half the amount of oxygen and NASA reports that in the north Pacific ocean oxygen-producing phytoplankton concentrations are 30% lower today, compared to the 1980s. This is a huge drop in just three decades. Our skin, the protective barrier between us and the environment, gets hit with that pollution every day. A result our skin is not receiving as much oxygen as it should.  More damage to skin because of this will occur, and that damage will accumulate over time resulting in very stressed, pre-mature aged skin. Wrinkles, loss of elasticity and firmness are the result.

What Does Oxygen Do For Us?

Oxygen is essential to the health and maintenance of skin cells in the human body. With age, skin loses its ability to retain and utilize Oxygen for normal metabolic processes, such as repair and regeneration. When oxygen is lacking at the cellular level, our skin begins to age—sometimes prematurely.

The theory behind oxygenated treatments is that we all need oxygen for survival. Oxygen is what revives and replenishes the cells in our body. However, due to the pollutants in our environment today, our oxygen content has been greatly reduced. It is also true that as we age, oxygen does not reach our skin cells as efficiently, which is what leads to the aging process. The result can be thinner skin and the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. An oxygen facial will replenish the amount of oxygen that the skin receives, leaving it hydrated, plumper and younger looking.

The procedure involves spraying 98% pure oxygen, that is infused with a serum that contains essential nutrients, antioxidants, and skin soothing ingredients. An oxygen facial works by super-charging oxygen levels in the skin, resulting in better circulation and skin cell regeneration which, between them, leave the skin glowing. It’s good for making you look younger, reducing sallowness, rosacea, helping with the healing of damaged skin, and general wear and tear. A purifier, oxygen also kills surface bacteria which helps to keep skin clear.

The results of a properly done oxygen facial are can be seen immediately as can be attested by the many celebrities that endorse them.

An oxygen treatment can be used in conjunction with a chemical peel, microdermasbrasion, or photofacial for optimal results.

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