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Good Skin is in the Air
May 02nd, 2006 @ 4:10 PM - New York
We all know that fresh air is good for the skin. Which means that city smog, smoking and any other impurities in the air will have our skin in the doldrums in no time.
While many might prefer to move to the Swiss Alps for our skin's sake, realistically, that's not an option, so we must find other ways to deliver pure oxygen to our face, sans a lifestyle change.
For years, estheticians have known the benefits of oxygen and have developed ways to work it into facials and products that you can use at home.
Ling Chan is one of the estheticians who has lead the skincare chariot into the oxygen foray. First, she developed her own oxygen-infused products and then used them in combination with an ultrasound machine to create her Oxygen Plasma Facial, a coveted treatment she offers to star clients like Gisele Bündchen, Alicia Keys, Marissa Tomei and Meg Ryan.
"Oxygen is beneficial in a facial because it can instantly rejuvenate the skin," Ling said. "The Oxygen is delivered through oxygen carrying molecules formulated in Ling Skin Care's Oxygen Plasma Potion. This product works to eliminate acne bacteria upon contact, as well as increase circulation. Basically, increased oxygen levels result in better circulation and cellular respiration which in turn leaves the skin glowing and radiant due to rapid skin cell regeneration. Oxygen levels diminish dramatically with age due to many factors such as cardiovascular debilitation, smoking, etc."
Ling also offers an Oxygen 3% Face Cream to treat acne spots and hyperpigmentation. According to Ling, the Chinese military used an oxygen-based formula, similar to her Oxygen Plasma Potion and her Oxygen 3% Face Cream, to treat burns by lowering the skin's temperature and relieving irritation and infection. The concentrated oxygen helps to kill unfavorable bacteria that can cause infection – for us civilians, this means acne.
Tiffany Albert, Founder of Manhattan's Fusion Spa, who was voted Best Facialist NYC 2005 by Citysearch, is also a believer in the power of oxygen.
"I use a customized cocktail of serums in my oxygen-infused facial that deliver pure oxygen and vitamins directly to your skin, eliminating any free radicals," Albert said. "The Oxygen-Infused Facial increases cell metabolism and the production of healthy new cells while permeating toxic material (carbon dioxide) out of the skin's cells."
The result from one of Albert's facials is plumped up, clearer, healthier skin that is better able to heal itself of inflammation and hyperpigmentation from acne, dull-looking smoker's skin and calming post-op or freshly chemically peeled skin.
"Oxygen is also great for healing bruising, diminishing fine lines and rosacea, which can accompany frequent flying - since capillaries are compromised."
Peter Thomas Roth, founder of he Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care Company, also has an array of oxygen-based products. The reason he uses oxygen in his range? "Oxygen is a purifier," he said. "It immediately brightens the complexion, adds radiance and takes away dullness. It also promotes skin's absorption of skin treatment products for maximum efficiency and better results."
Great oxygen products to try at home include Peter Thomas Roth Oxygen Eye Relief ($52, 0.75 oz.), Peter Thomas Roth Oxygen Detoxifying Masque ($54, 4.5 oz.) Ling Oxygen Plasma Potion with Organic Sulfur ($85, 1 oz.), Ling 3% Face Cream ($75, 1 oz.), Epicuren Aloe Vera Gel with Asymmetric Oxygen ($12, 2 oz.) and Sonya Dakar Oxygen Eye Cream ($65, 0.67 oz.).
If you opt for an oxygen-infused facial, Albert recommends getting one every four to eight weeks, depending on the severity of your skin condition (i.e. if you are trying to heal red spots or revitalize smoker's skin). But above all, she says you have to have a proper treatment plan to continue on your own: a regimen that includes exfoliation, antioxidant serums, and an SPF to keep your skin from being further damaged by the wily sun.
So take a deep breath and add a new step to your beauty routine: slather a little oxygen on your skin and watch yourself glow.