Oxygen.Â You not only need it for your lungs.Â You now need it for your face.Â Because the gasÂ is now in vogue as the latest facial treatment.
ToutedÂ as a healing tool to improve the appearance of the skin immediately, oxygen facialsÂ involveÂ a machine that sprays atomised moisturisers onto the skin using a stream of pressurised oxygen. The treatment is supposed to hydrate skin, making the face appear smoother and plumper.Â Â The therapy is also used to deliver antioxidants to the skin, and protects the epidermis from sun damage, pollution and stress.
FamousÂ celebrities like Madonna, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Claudia Schiffer have reportedlyÂ achieved instant firmingÂ and smoothingÂ with such facials andÂ are now all diehard fans of the therapeutic gas.
But a leading dermatologist, Dr Christopher B Zachary, professor and dermatology department chairman at the University of California,Â has lambasted the latest celebrity craze of using oxygen for facials as “snake oil”.Â Â
Despite the celebrity status,Â there is no hard evidence ofÂ the effectiveness of using oxygen on the skin and academic experts are sceptical.Â Questions range from howÂ delivering extra oxygen to the skinÂ can help to reverse the oxygen depletion, to how how much extra oxygen does the skin need and how it can be absorbed.
While aestheticians and beauticians have called oxygen a purifier whichÂ immediately brightens the complexion, adds radiance and takes away dullness, theÂ therapeutic gas may at best just promote skin’s absorption of skin treatment products for maximum efficiency and better results.Â Â
Users still have to have a proper treatment plan to continue.Â A regimen that includes exfoliation, antioxidant serums, and most important, an SPF to keepÂ the skin from being further damaged by the wily sun.