Happy October everyone!
Now that you know I’m seeing clients for facial services, I thought I’d do a series of posts to explain the unique modalities I include in my treatments. This week we’ll be talking about Oxygen Infusions. This is one of three modalities I include in my OE Signature Facial, which is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite monthly treatment. Maybe you’ve had an Oxygen Infusion before, maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about. Lets take a look at what this treatment is and what exactly it does for your skin.
Just as we need air to breathe (and stay alive), so do our cells. Oxygen plays a vital role in every metabolic process in the body, including maintaining healthy skin. Oxygen is an energy source for our cells to function and is necessary for all of the things we want our skin to do, like:
Studies have shown that our bodies ability to heal is directly related to the amount of oxygen in our tissue. The less oxygen in our skin, the slower we heal. Think about what a bummer it is when you have a breakout that leave a mark that just won’t go away, a sunburn that stings for weeks or an exceama flair up that leaves a pink inflamed patch in its wake. These are all examples of our skin healing slowly.
Now imagine skin that’s being suffocated from a lack of oxygen. We’ve all see the dull grey tinge to a heavy smoker’s face and the lines that seem too deep for someone their age. This is due to hypoxia or a lack of oxygen. When cells are starved for air they lose their ability to regenerate which triggers the aging process, and manifests in the formation of wrinkles and a dull complexion. Not to make any smokers out there feel bad (a lot of us have done it), just a little insight into the changing composition of your skin and hopefully some motivation to kick the habit.
Unfortunately, like with most things, as we age the amount of oxygen in our cells diminishes and our ability to produce more slows significantly. Sound Familiar? Think collagen formation or cell turnover. Here’s a terrifying fun fact: By the time we’re 25 years old, our facial skin has 30-40% less oxygen than we had in our teens. So if we want to stimulate cell detoxification, produce more collagen, heal faster and have healthy glowing skin, we’ll need to increase our skin’s oxygen levels.
How do I do that? I’m so happy you asked! Monthly Oxygen Infusions of course.