Oxygen Facial – What’s With All The Hype?
One of the trendiest new spa treatments sweeping the celebrity world is the oxygen facial. Reputed to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, moisturize and smooth the skin, and create a more youthful facial appearance, oxygen facials are the “in,” spa treatment right now, but are they really worth the hype?
What Exactly IS an Oxygen Facial?
Oxygen facial treatments can be best visualized as a cross between a pressure-washer and a paint-sprayer. Not glamorous, but it paints a pretty fair picture of what the oxygen facial machine actually does. Essentially, an oxygen facial system forces high-pressure oxygen through various moisturizing and conditioning agents and onto the skin. The theory goes that the high-pressure forces this conditioning mixture deep into the skin, forcing the benefits between skin cells to the deeper tissues. The oxygen itself is thought to aid in the absorption of conditioners, and to nourish the skin in its own right.
An oxygen facial machine is a pretty simple affair, consisting of a wand with a reservoir into which the practitioner places their moisturizing and conditioning blend, and an oxygen tank/collector with a pressure tank much like the one your mechanic uses when tightening lug-nuts. The one at the spa may be more attractive, but the idea’s the same. As the practitioner passes the wand slowly over your face, you’ll feel some pressure, but no pain. Thirty or forty minutes later, you’re all done!
What Are The Benefits?
Unlike some other non-invasive and natural facial treatments like facial acupuncture, an oxygen facial is said to deliver immediate results, puffing out skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and adding a “dewy sheen,” to the face.
Some proponents claim that a three to six week series of regular treatments, with monthly maintenance visits from then onward creates permanent, lasting results. Oxygen facials are generally regarded as short-term, temporary treatments, though, delivering fast, visible results that wear off within a few days.
How Much Does It Cost?
This really depends on where you have it done, and what additional treatments you have packaged with the facial. An oxygen facial alone, delivered in a clinical or casual setting, such as a home spa or nail salon, can be had for as little as $40. High end treatment and spa facilities may package an oxygen facial with all manner of massage, acupuncture, of exfoliating treatments. Some facilities offering oxygen facial packages for upwards of $300.
Is It Right For Me?
Oxygen facials are beloved by the celebrity set because they deliver fast results, perfect for walking down the red carpet or appearing at a media-frenzied premiere. Oxygen facials provide a quick lift to the appearance, and are ideal for special events, photographs, and video appearances. You might consider an oxygen facial the morning of a family gathering or before heading off to your ten year reunion. Weddings are another occasion when an oxygen facial might be just the ticket. And if you can afford it, getting them done on a regular basis is a real treat.
Systems are also available so you can give yourself an oxygen facial in the privacy of your own home. The Pretika Oxysonic Facial Brush combines the stimulation of an oscillating brush with the hydration of pure oxygen.