Oxygen therapies and treatments promise miraculous results for our skin. But, if our skin doesn’t actually breathe, does an oxygen facial or skincare routine really work?
In the mid-2000s, celebrities started doing oxygen treatments to improve the appearance of their skin. Everyone from Madonna to supermodels like as Alessandra Ambrosio jumped on board. The result? More moisturized, radiant, and healthy-looking skin. So, oxygen treatments were thought to give miraculous results.
As with any other new product or treatment, there are always people who swear by and support the movement and others who remain skeptical. I remember reading an article in the New York Times in which Dr. Christopher B. Zachary, a professor of dermatology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, called oxygen treatments mythical and of no benefit to the skin. “The concept that high-pressure oxygen would do anything to help the skin is such nonsense as to be laughable.” His opinion is based on the fact that there have been no clinical studies that demonstrate the results of this type of treatment. However, if we look at the effects of an oxygen facial, they tell another story.
After an oxygen treatment, our skin immediately looks smoother, brighter, and healthier. But it is important to understand the workings behind the procedure in order to, in turn, understand the benefits. Poorly oxygenated skin looks dull and tired, and a lack of oxygen increases the speed with which the skin ages. So, logically, oxygenating the skin would improve its appearance. Plus, an oxygen treatment goes beyond just infusing the epidermis with oxygen. During the facial, other elements are incorporated to help improve the condition of the skin.
When we infuse the skin with oxygen, it opens pores and allows other types of ingredients to be absorbed in greater quantities and more deeply, allowing for better and longer lasting results. In an oxygen facial, the first step is to spray the skin with oxygen and then repeat the procedure with a “cocktail” of different components such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins for the skin to absorb. Immediately our pores close helping all these ingredients get trapped in the epidermis.
This type of procedure is recommended before big events—a party, gala, or award ceremony– since it helps us instantly get visibly smoother and more radiant skin, in addition to improving small imperfections such as dull or tired skin.
But what can you do to get the benefits of oxygen without having to go for a facial or treatment once a week?
An oxygen spa treatment is not something we can get every week. They aren’t affordable, and honestly, not everyone has time to visit the dermatologist that often.
Now, there are products containing oxygen that we can use in the comfort of our own homes. Just like in the spa treatment, oxygen helps the other vitamins and ingredients of the product get absorbed, thus improving results.
There are many options for these types of products on the market, but the one that has worked for me and I love to recommend is the Oxygen Infused Marine Peptide cream from Spa Technologies. This cream has helped me increase the natural beauty of my skin thanks to hyaluronic acid, peptides, and marine nutrients. The best thing is that, because this cream contains oxygen, all these ingredients penetrate the skin considerably, thus improving results. A plus about Spa Technologies is that all of their products are cruelty free.
In conclusion, it’s true that oxygen alone will not improve the appearance of our skin miraculously, but it does have benefits such as improving circulation, increasing collagen production, and minimizing the appearance of fine lines. The key is for us to integrate oxygen into our skincare routine, improving the efficacy of the other products we also use in it. Think of oxygen as an enhancer—an element that boosts the results of our serums, creams, and oils. So, look for a serum that contains this ingredient as I am sure it will help improve the appearance and health of your skin.
As I always say, it’s a good idea to consult a dermatologist before making any changes or including a new product in your skincare routine. Our skin is like any organ in our body, and just like we wouldn’t go to the pharmacy to buy medicines or supplements without having seen our doctor first, we should also always see a dermatologist before changing our skincare routine so they can recommend the products our skin needs.