It’s a fact that our body and our skin cannot survive without oxygen. However, the negative effects of environmental and ageing factors can reduce oxygen levels to make the skin appear dull and dry. No matter how often we try to change that! And then in walks Oxygen Facial Therapy…
Toxins and pollutants exist in the air around us and the natural ageing process affects oxygen levels in the skin cells.
As luck would have it, oxygen facial therapy could be the answer to this problem! Supplying the skin with the oxygen by means of an oxygen skin treatment can help tackle and treat these concerns. High-grade oxygen is infused into the skin which replenishes and renews skin cells. The impressive treatment resulting in plump and radiant skin makes this treatment a rather sought after option.
What is an Oxygen Facial?
An oxygen facial is essentially a beauty treatment that skin spas and skin clinics offer. It rejuvenates the skin and brings about positive changes such as improved skin texture and glow, as well as, a reduction in the appearance of fine lines.
Oxygen is non-invasively infused into the skin.
Oxygen facials are described as being non-invasive, as well as, being referred to as both an anti-ageing facial and/or deep cleansing facials. This is due to the effects of being alike with these kinds of facials.
Why you should get an Oxygen Facial!
As a result of having an Oxygen facial, it is found that skin health improves in many ways. It’s said that the texture of the skin becomes smoother, tauter, and elastic. With this, hydration levels go up, dullness is alleviated, and overall soothing experience is provided to the skin.
It’s Customisable For Your Skin’s Needs
To achieve more specific results, oxygen skin treatment has the option of being customised. One of the key steps in the facial involves using a serum which has specialised benefits. These benefits tend to include depigmentation, anti-ageing properties, anti-acne, and much more.
Based on what the skin needs, the skin spa should then advise you about the best serum to treat your skin’s concerns.
The device used to saturate the skin cells with oxygen almost looks like an airbrush gun that makeup artists use to apply liquid makeup like foundation and blush. The device is connected to an oxygen tank and oxygen is infused into the skin at a specific pressure.
The high levels of oxygen available to the skin cells augment the absorption of the hydrating product, usually hyaluronic acid. Specialised serums are applied to the skin as well.
It Absorbs Well Into the Skin
Different layers of the skin absorb and utilise the beneficial ingredients from these serums. Better absorption and increased levels of oxygen also improve collagen and elastin production in the skin. Both skin rejuvenation and tightening are achieved with just this one facial treatment. Also, it renders your skin with a youthful glow.
The lack of downtime with the procedure and the immediately visible results have made the OFT a trendy choice. This is more so before special events.
The benefits of Oxygen Facials
The oxygen facial seems to have a never-ending list of benefits.
We have highlighted the best benefits for you below.
Oxygen facials can treat a number of skincare concerns
Oxygen facials detoxify the skin by eliminating toxins that have built up due to exposure to environmental pollutants. Exposure to the likes of pollution, smoke, and cigarette smoke can cause acne and dull skin. In addition to this, the facial is cooling and soothing which reduces redness and detoxifies the skin.
Furthermore, if acne scars are your skincare concern, infusing the skin with oxygen improves cell turnover rates. The use of Oxygen facials allows the skin to produce new cells faster and cell regeneration speeds up. The results? Skin rejuvenation due to improved cell regeneration, which also helps in treating and lightening acne scars. More so, it even deals with uneven skin tone issues with a few repetitive treatment sessions.
Oxygen Facial Therapy… Hydrates the Skin
Oxygen facials hydrate the skin at the deepest levels and this shows in the form of improved appearance of your facial skin.
Oxygen facials result in skin rejuvenation so the skin looks fresh, plump, and glows from within. Furthermore, it helps with extreme skin dryness, such as that seen in the case of eczema.
Oxygen Facial Therapy Can… Reduce Signs of Ageing
The serum contents in conjunction with the oxygen promote collagen production in the dermis.
Increased collagen levels lighten the intensity of fine lines, expression lines, and wrinkles.
It also makes the skin more elastic and tones the skin by improving firmness.
Oxygen Facial Therapy is… Safe.
The use of OFT does not involve in any side effects that are seen with invasive anti-ageing facials. These include microdermabrasion or other anti-ageing treatments such as Botox and dermal filler injections.
How Does an Oxygen Facial Therapy Procedure Work?
The oxygen facial procedure differs from one skin spa to another. Each difference depends on the preference and training received by their team. However, the primary steps remain similar in most cases of this non-invasive and non-medical procedure.
Here is how it works.
The first and foremost step of the procedure involves simple skin preparation. This entails a deep cleansing routine to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate the skin.
The goal is to remove all the dirt, grime, and impurities from the skin’s surface. Here, the skin is primed for the next steps as well.
Some skin spas also use facial steam in the prep step to open up the skin pores.
Then comes the main step! The airbrush like device comes into play in this step.
A mist of serum usually containing hyaluronic acid is sprayed onto the skin using the device. The oxygen spray feels like a blast of cold air and is not uncomfortable or painful in any way.
The OFT device emits 84-95% oxygen depending on the type of device and setting used. The oxygen delivers the hyaluronic acid to the deepest layers of the skin efficiently. With the high pressure (hyperbaric pressure) exerted by the device, it helps in achieving this.
Hyaluronic acid penetrates into the deeper layers and hydrates the skin with higher intensity.
After the hydration part of the oxygen facial, a serum is infused with the help of the oxygen device again.
This serum contains important supplements like vitamins, ceramides, peptides, and others that are healthy for the skin. Not only do they treat ageing signs like fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, they also improve skin firmness and brighten up the complexion. With this, the skin becomes clear and radiant, with reduced inflammation and redness.
At many spas, they apply a mask at the end to help hydrate the skin even further. With the oxygen facial taking anywhere between 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the additional serums and steps that you select, it is often deemed as a ‘lunch hour’ procedure.
Skin spas often have complementing products to the oxygen facial available for purchase. You can use these products at home to help maintain the results, for an extended period.
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What are the risks of having Oxygen Facial Therapy?
The many benefits of the oxygen facial are making it a sought after skin treatment. With the no downtime factor, it is an excellent facial to go in for before important events and occasions. Its suitability for all skin types has also made it widely popular.
No Side Effects
The side effects that accompany other treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion deter people from opting for them. However, oxygen facial treatments do not pose any risk of serious side effects. For this reason, it has become the answer to many prayers.
There is no noted burning, stinging or infection risk with oxygen facials. However, you’d be right in thinking that with so many upsides, there were bound to be some downsides? Though these are rather minor, it is best to be aware of them before making a decision.
Downsides of Oxygen Facials
Sadly, the results from an oxygen facial are not long-lasting and are, therefore, only temporary. Furthermore, the maximum time period that they sustain is for seven days.
Another downside would be the entire experience from the facial treatment.
If you are expecting a minimal expense experience, then you may be disappointed. The procedure can rather expensive and can seem a lot to spend on. This can be seen in the case that the results are only temporary. Sadly, the price tag also makes it less viable for repetitive treatments.
Additionally, an oxygen facial treatment is not a replacement for a healthy skincare routine. You still need to get your beauty sleep and use skincare products diligently.
And lastly, the study of oxygen facials has not been done extensively, so the effects of overindulging in them are not known.
Types of Treatments
When oxygen facials were first introduced into the market, the idea was to simply get the results, and the focus on what the skin actually needs was lacking.
Initially, there was one type of serum for anyone who came into the skin spa for an oxygen facial treatment. And, whilst the results produced were still beneficial and noticeable, the demand for personalising the serum increased.
Customising Oxygen Facial Therapy
Personalisation according to what the client’s skin needs were on the rise day by day. Now, many skin clinics and spas that offer this service have different serum options. Furthermore, many have blends available that target specific problems. Simply, because the serum that would benefit somebody looking to clear up acne would not suit someone wishing to firm mature skin. Similarly, a serum that works as an anti-ageing product would not be 100% ideal at fading away acne scars.
Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in the types of oxygen facial treatments. The acid has the components to hydrate as well as moisturise the skin that anybody and everybody can benefit from. In fact, this molecule is already naturally in the skin and responsible for keeping the skin supple. So by supplying extra amounts of it through the oxygen facial, it will further moisturise the skin and also help treat any dry patches or overall dryness.
For specific skin concerns, the types of treatments available contain different ingredients in the serums used.
Serum Varieties in Oxygen Facials
Vitamin C to even out the skin tone, brighten up the complexion, and combat damage caused by UV rays.
Collagen to rejuvenate mature and ageing skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and firm the skin.
Vitamin A for acne-prone and/or oily skin that restores natural sebum production to regular levels and heals acne.
Peptides to improve hydration levels and fill up fine lines and wrinkles.
Antioxidants of different types to reduce dullness and skin damage while boosting the complexion.
Note: The availability and variety of these options depend on the skin spa you are going to. More types of treatments may also be available.
How long do results from Oxygen Facial Therapy last?
The results from an oxygen facial can be seen immediately after the session. The skin glows and looks plump and fresh. However, these results do not last that long.
As seen with most facials, the results from an oxygen facial last for four to seven days. You may be able to prolong them for a few more days if you follow optimal skincare. Remember that suitable product usage maintains these results for longer.
Sadly, a major drawback of this treatment is this short life of the results. The price range for it is similar to medical procedures but the results are not long-lasting. Where OFT isn’t long-lasting, traditional anti-ageing treatments like microdermabrasion, Botox, etc. offer longevity with their results. However, the short life of the oxygen facial results makes it suitable treatment to go in for before immediate events. These are usually a wedding, festivals, special events or even your honeymoon.
Aestheticians and skin experts’ recommend getting an oxygen facial once every week. Long-lasting result maintenance is possible by repeating this every for about six weeks. For further maintenance of results, have a facial once a month, as per experts’ advice.
DIY Oxygen Facial Therapy at Home
Physical stress on the skin from pollution, sun, and impurities in the surroundings cause many skin issues. With mental stress also impacting skin health negatively it leads to dullness, acne, and dryness.
Improving blood circulation and replenishing the oxygen levels in the skin help to get rid of many of these concerns. So when going to a spa for an oxygen facial is not feasible, you can use an at-home version of it. The results might not be as noticeable as the spa treatment, but will nonetheless still be detectable.
DIY Oxygen Facial Therapy Recipe
1 1/2 tablespoons bentonite clay or white clay powder
4 tablespoons almond powder
1/8th cup oatmeal powder
4-6 drops rose oil
2 drops hydrogen peroxide
In a bowl, add the clay powder, almond powder and mix these together to form a homogenous mixture.
To this, add the rose oil and enough amount of water to make a paste of medium consistency.
Cleanse your face and semi-dry it for the mask.
Add the hydrogen peroxide to the paste and apply it carefully on your face (and neck as well, if you like).
Avoid the eye contour area and around the lips.
Let the mask air dry for 20 to 30 minutes.
Rinse it off using tepid water and moisturise the skin as usual.
Caution: Do not add more than the specified amount of hydrogen peroxide to the DIY oxygen facial mask. Doing so can damage your skin and cause unnecessary reactions.
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