all need oxygen to survive, but when it comes to your skin, you’re better off
giving oxygen facials the blow off.
by celebrities like Madonna, who believe they make their complexions look better
on high-definition TV, oxygen facials have been cropping up on the treatment
menus of high-end beauty spas—not to mention some prominent
dermatologists—over the past few years.
facials are administered via a pricey machine that uses pressurized oxygen to
blast the skin with atomized moisturizers. While proponents claim the result in
plumper, more hydrated skin, any visible results are temporary and are probably
caused by swelling due to irritation. To my knowledge, there have been no
clinical trials to prove the effectiveness of these machines and, because the
manufacturers don’t make any medical claims, they are not required to go
through FDA approval.
worse, the treatment can cause damaging free radicals to go haywire, because free radicals have an uneven number of
electrons, and oxygen wants an even number. This is
significant because if an oxygen electron is unpaired, it will try to "steal"
electrons from vital structures like DNA
and cell membranes, which could lead to wrinkles and even skin cancer.
The same goes
for “oxygen-infused” creams. There is absolutely no evidence that topically
applied oxygen is good for your skin; and, even if there were, your skin is
exposed to oxygen every moment of the day regardless! What’s more, oxygen is a
gas and needs to be stabilized with irritation-causing ingredients like
hydrogen peroxide to be delivered in cream form. Hydrogen
peroxide itself causes free radicals, making matters worse. My
advice is to stay away from these oxygen treatments.