From spa treatments and masks to foundations and moisturizers, oxygen is one of the hottest beauty ingredients around.
So why has life-giving oxygen become so popular in beauty treatments and products? “Oxygen stimulates the body’s natural healing function. It’s anti-inflammatory and stimulates collagen production. It’s also antibacterial,” celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas tells Popsugar.
“Oxygen increases circulation, which increases the delivery of nutrition to the skin, and gives your skin energy,” said Susan Grey, regional vice president of spa operations for New York Bliss Spas, to The New York Times. “It also kills bacteria which keeps post-facial breakouts away.”
Lack of sleep, pollution, poor diet and stress are all factors that negatively affect the health of our skin. And, while spas are offering health-boosting oxygen facials, a new crop of beauty products are being introduced so you can get the same kind of health benefits for your skin at home.
From facials to creams and foundation, here are a few products that have infused oxygen into their formulas.
BLISS Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask
This is one of my favourite masks of the season. It goes on like a serum and after a few minutes it self-activates into a bubbling oxygen foam that revitalizes and energizes skin. Formulated with vitamins C & E, and grape seed extract, it supercharges skin’s natural defenses and makes it feel clean, soft and hydrated.
Skyn Iceland Oxygen Infusion Night Cream
Microencapsulated oxygen fortifies and energizes skin depleted from stress, while helping to restore tone and texture to optimal levels. With a mild warming sensation, this cream delivers anti-aging rice peptides and calming natural extracts to help alleviate the premature signs of aging due to stress.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Detoxifying Oxygen Peel
This system is a two-step peel that decongests, clarifies, calms, and brightens skin. Step I with activated charcoal draws out dirt and impurities, as barley leaf extract delivers the first burst of oxygen to the skin. Step II completes the detox, with a second boost of re-energizing oxygen in a light and airy foam that activates on contact.
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup
Benefit has infused oxygen in foundation form. Its nourishing formula contains Benefit’s exclusive Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex, which helps boost cellular respiration for a plumping effect, protects against environmental stresses, and contains vitamin C and E derivatives known to prevent the signs of aging.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask
An in-home, oxygenating and recovery mask designed to boost luminosity and reinvigorate skin in just three minutes. It also helps to smooth fine lines.
—by Toni-Marie Ippolito