A few years ago oxygen facials were all the rage. Now some companies are offering oxygen-saturated creams, gels and moisturizers.
This trend is based on the belief that “as we age, the oxygen in our body is depleted, which results in lifeless skin,” as told to the New York Times by Michael Ann Guthrie, vice president for retail for Natura Bissé.
The skin care company Philosophy offers various oxygen boost products ranging in price from $25 to $55 dollars. Their biggest seller is an in-home oxygen peel.
Natura Bissé, which is based in Barcelona, sells six oxygen-themed products ranging in price from $48 to $84.
Bliss also jumped on the bandwagon with new products in 2010 and 2011 called Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask and Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Cleansing Foam.
This spring they plan to add two additional oxygenating products.
All of these companies offer explanations of how oxygen in skin care products is supposed to rejuvenate one’s skin.
Susan Grey, regional vice president of spa operations for New York Bliss Spas told the New York Times, “Oxygen increases circulation, which increases the delivery of nutrition to the skin, and gives your skin energy. It also kills bacteria which keeps post-facial breakouts away.”
“As people age, their capillaries break down and there is less blood flow and less oxygen delivered to the skin,” said Gerry Merz, the president and chief executive of Oxygen Pür.
“This lack of oxygen within leads to less collagen production, fine lines, wrinkles and age spots,” he said.
The question is, can the skin really absorb oxygen through application of a cream or treatment and if it can be absorbed, would it reverse the signs of aging?
Oxygen has been used for wound healing in hyperbaric chambers where pressure is used to drive more oxygen in to the air a patient breathes.
Increased oxygen levels in the blood boost the healing of chronic wounds and can kill bacteria that are susceptible to exposure to oxygen.
Mr. Merz cited a Canadian study when speaking to the New York Times where oxygen was absorbed by the skin.