Beauty Trend Oxy Facial
This facial involves infusing pure oxygen into the skin at a specific pressure. The theory is that pure oxygen helps hydrate and moisturise the skin. Along with oxygen, vitamins, moisturisers, antioxidants, serums — depending on the treatment chosen — are also infused into the skin. Oxygen facials are used for anti-ageing, clarity, rejuvenation and a host of other skin concerns.
According to experts, you need to do this facial once a week, for six weeks and then follow it up with a monthly treatment. This will help you maintain a youthful look. Also, you need to follow the prescribed at-home care. “The effects of a single oxygen facial will last a couple of days, but if you follow the recommended regimen, including the maintenance facial, it will help keep your look intact for longer,” assures Anu Kaushik, Delhi-based make-up artist.
Why the hype?
As a quick-fix, this treatment does make your skin look fresh. “It gives an instant lift to the skin. It smoothens your lines, takes care of any blemishes and leaves you with a glowing complexion,” says Kaushik, who recommends oxygen facials to all brides-to-be. Moreover, even if you do it just 20 minutes before putting on your make-up, your skin will glow.
Does it work?
While an oxygen facial does give an ‘instant lift’ or ‘plumped up’ effect to the skin, it’s not a long-term solution for blemishes or other skin problems. Oxygen infused into the skin can help give a plumping effect because it causes a mild inflammation of the skin. “Also, the oxygen infusion leads to dilution of the blood vessels, which causes a slight redness of the skin, giving it a rosy appearance. But the effects last only for a few hours. Also, the hydrating or moisturising benefits of oxygen on the skin are a bit vague,” says dermatologist, Dr Jayashree Sharad. “It can help cleanse the skin but it can’t help to hydrate or moisturise your skin. It could be a solution if you want to look good for a party but there are no long-term benefits.”
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