Beauty Trend – Oxygen Facials

Alyson Ben-Yehuda

by Alyson Ben-Yehuda | August 8, 2011 @ 10:00AM

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Oxygen facials are not new, but they have been recently thrust into the beauty spotlight after being mentioned as favorites by celebrities such as Oprah and Kate Middleton. Pop icon Madonna even confesses to having her own personal oxygen facialist on staff. Spas all over the world offer these treatments to those who want to pamper themselves, and many skincare brands offer at-home versions of them too.


What is an Oxygen Facial?

In most med spas, an oxygen facial is performed by spraying the face with pressurized oxygen with a tool that looks much like an air gun. Vitamin complexes are added to the oxygen, which then act as a vehicle to deliver these nutrients below the surface layers of the skin. The result is an overall plumping effect that decreases the appearance of wrinkles and creases in the skin and gives it a warm glow. The oxygen also helps rid the skin of bacteria that cause problems like acne.

There is much debate in the dermatology world as to the effectiveness of oxygen facials. Some say that the plumping effect is merely an inflammatory response from having something pressurized sprayed at the skin. However, despite the skepticism, they continue to be extremely popular. Oprah even declared that the Triple Oxygen Facial from Bliss Spa (locations worldwide) as her favorite skin care treatment.


Spa Treatment vs. At Home

For convenience and also as a cost-cutting measure (the equipment for the pressurized oxygen facial is quite expensive), many companies are creating oxygen-infused skincare products where the oxygen is delivered via a cream or serum. These products are used in spas and can usually be purchased for at-home use. Bliss has an at-home version of its oxygen facial - Triple Oxygen Mask - which is a favorite among beauty bloggers and a consistent Best Seller at Sephora stores. Another Best-Selling oxygen-based product is the Oxygen Peel from Philosophy.

The Bottom Line 

I have personally tried both of these products and noticed some brightening of my overall complexion, but definitely not the dramatic results like from a spa. However, most oxygen facials in a spa will set you back a pretty penny, whereas the at-home version can be used many times for a fraction of the cost. But whatever your budget, you may be able afford the brightening effect of an oxygen facial!

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