Oxygen. Not only do we need it to breathe, but we have gradually come to understand its benefits on our skin as well. Over time, our bodies slowly succumb to the ravages of the day-to-day grind. A lack of oxygen to the face caused by the environment, heavy makeup use or even smoking have all been shown to have negative impacts on the skin. Oxygen facials have emerged in the spa industry as a means of increasing blood circulation in the face, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and encouraging collagen production for younger-looking skin.
What is an Oxygen Facial?
Oxygen facial treatments are simply a way of nourishing your skin and promoting collagen growth. During the procedure, an esthetician will first cleanse and exfoliate your face. Every spa has its own process of administering an oxygen facial, but typically, a wand is used to deliver a stream of high pressurized oxygen to the skin’s surface. This facial uses medical-grade oxygen and vitamins A, E, and C to hydrate and nourish your skin.
Serums, usually containing hyaluronic acid which is known to plump the skin, are also applied to the face with the wand or after the oxygen portion of the facial. These tighten the skin, helping to make it appear more radiant while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Most oxygen facial treatments can be completed in under an hour at your spa. Unlike more invasive treatments, there’s no downtime or healing after an oxygen facial. You can even apply makeup directly after if you choose. The effects of these treatments are immediate and are believed to last for up to two days. It’s no wonder that celebrities, such as Madonna, attest to the youthful-like appearance that these facials offer.
Benefits of Oxygen Facials
Detoxifies and moisturizes the skin. The sun, air pollution, and your diet can each deprive your skin of oxygen. Facials infused with nutrients and vitamins help to reverse and rejuvenate the effects of oxygen-starved skin. They also help to restore the pH balance and protect from further sun damage.
Boosts collagen production. The protein collagen found within cells helps to strengthen our skin’s elasticity. As we grow older, our collagen levels become depleted and skin begins to wrinkle. Oxygen facials help to promote collagen growth and reinvigorate the skin.
Radiant skin. They can also help to remove the dead cells from the top layer of skin (epidermis) and help to open up clogged pores. The skin becomes more hydrated and you will be left with a more youthful, glowing appearance.
Reduces acne. Acne typically thrives wherever pores are clogged. Dirt and oils become trapped and the pores become enlarged. Through the use of deep cleaning infused oxygen, pores tend to shrink making it nearly impossible for any impurities to accumulate.
Cell regeneration increases. Cell regeneration is dependent on its accessibility to oxygen. This regeneration is important as our cells have a limited lifespan. By infusing oxygen directly to the skin, we can speed up the regeneration process. The development of new skin cells aids in combatting acne scars and other skin blemishes.
Virtually pain-free procedure. Oxygen facials are a non-invasive procedure and could be a great alternative if you’ve been sensitive to other treatments. There is typically little to no swelling, redness, burning or irritation associated with oxygen facials.
The results are instant. The benefits of oxygen facials are noticeable immediately after the procedure has concluded. You will be able to apply makeup, creams, and lotions soon after your session is over.
Interested in learning more about one of the best-kept secrets on the runway and red carpet? Ask Thyme & Grace Day Spa what oxygen facials can do for you!