The Oxygen Facial: a New Option for Younger-Looking Skin
If you’ve never heard about an oxygen facial, or maybe heard just a little bit, it’s important to understand how this procedure works, before spending a lot of money at your local spa for this treatment. And there’s a good reason why. Look at it this way: no matter what skin problem you may have, everyone is always looking for a treatment that will solve all of these issues in just one session. Magic genie comes out of the skin care product bottle, and “poof” all your sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles just disappear. But unfortunately, we all know that it doesn’t work that way in real life, and if you’ve been considering an oxygen facial, it’s a good idea to have your expectations tempered beforehand. Although there are a number of benefits to having an oxygen facial, particularly for those who want younger, cleaner-looking skin, it is a treatment that won’t work overnight and does not take place of a good skin care regimen.
What to Expect During an Oxygen Facial
There are a number of spas that now offer oxygen facials. Since this is a non-medical procedure that does not require injections or the use of any chemicals, it can be performed by any spa employee. Before the actual oxygen treatment begins, the skin care specialist will first exfoliate your skin to ensure that it is free of dirt and excess oils.
After the exfoliation and a mild facial steam, the spa professional will use a machine that introduces oxygen directly into the skin’s pores. The oxygen used is usually treated with a number of supplements that are good for the skin, such as vitamins, to help the skin retain its firmness and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure is painless and requires no harsh chemical peels, as the whole point is to oxygenate the skin so that it can heal itself more quickly.
Oxygen Facial Benefits
Unlike microdermabrasion and other methods of smoothing out the skin for a more even tone, an oxygen facial does not usually cause any side effects, such as stinging, itching, or burning. The method of delivery used in order to pump oxygen into the skin is gentle, which makes the treatment a viable option for those with sensitive skin, and who have difficulties with injections or other harsh treatments to get rid of wrinkles. Those who have an oxygen facial can resume normal activities right away and even apply makeup or lotion without worrying about how the skin will react.
The infusion of oxygen and vitamins is good for the skin because it encourage the growth of new cells as well as collagen. This treatment may also rejuvenate skin that has been exposed to pollutants, such as tobacco smoke and other toxins that starve cells of their oxygen. In addition, while some treatments can cost hundreds of dollars, an oxygen facial is still less expensive than Botox injections or other chemical facial fillers. This treatment has even been used to get rid of acne scars, as it is believed that the infusion of oxygen helps the skin to create new cells at a faster rate and reduce the appearance of blemishes.
One of the reasons why this treatment has become so popular is because an oxygen facial has little to no risk of serious side effects that often occur with so many other professional skin care treatments. People with very sensitive or damaged skin may experience some redness, but it is usually temporary.
If there is one down side to having an oxygen facial it’s that that the effects do not last as long as other treatments. Another downside is that the results are not as immediately obvious because the treatment aims to help the skin rejuvenate itself, rather than create specific results. Also, the overuse of oxygen facial treatments may lead to the release of free radicals into the skin, which causes wrinkles, premature aging, and destroys skin cells, so it’s not advisable to overindulge.