Oxygen facials

So many celebrities swear by oxygen facials to help them keep their facial skin looking their best.  Madonna is one of the most famous proponents and is said to have an oxygen facial treatment before every concert. Jusin Timberlake, Miranda Kerr and Naomi Campbell have also made public that oxygen facials are part of their beauty routine.

So what is the deal behind oxygen facials?  The treatment was first launched by Intraceuticals, an Australian beauty product company in 2002.  Since then the treatment has been improved and upgraded and today it involves the delivery of pressurized oxygen at 90-95% concentration to the facial skin and the infusion of specialized serums.  The serums include skin revitalization agents such as hyaluronic acid (a natural ‘filler’ of the skin), select vitamins (primarily vitamins for skin such as A, C and E), anti-oxidants and peptides.  The oxygen is antibacterial and is used to optimize the delivery of the serums’ ingredients into the facial skin.  The treatment is completely painless and takes about 30 minutes.  After the treatment the facial skin feels more hydrated and plump and there is a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles.

One of the issues with Oxygen facials is that there is no scientific proof that the oxygen penetrates the skin and enhances the delivery of the serum. New York board certified dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou says: “There may not be any scientific proof yet…but the treatment is harmless and those who’ve had oxygen facials all swear by them.”

The NowMi vitamin C oxygen facial treatment has taken the concept of skin oxygenation to the next level. Rather than externally oxygenating the skin, the NowMi vitamin C oxygen facial treatment stimulates the facial skin to oxygenate itself from within. During the facial treatment, the chemical reaction between the vitamin C effervescent tablet and the gel creates a CO2 rich environment. The body responds to this by sending oxygen rich blood cells to the facial treatment area. Once the area is rich in oxygen, the vitamin C, E and Hydraulic acid which are infused during the facial treatment, best penetrate the skin. As a result, the facial skin glow and looks and feels firmer and younger.

A wise man once said: “A picture is worth a 1,000 words”. So instead of telling you how good the NowMi treatments are, we will show you real results from customers.

NowMi PRO clinical results

Another major advantage of the NowMi facial treatment is price.  While oxygen facial treatments costs between $200-300 a pop, the NowMi facial treatment costs a fraction of the price and can be carried out in the comfort of your home.

Recommended reading: Vitamin C oxygen facial : Clinical evidence



Skin aging and free radicals

Aging is an inevitable fact of life and we all get older every day. However, thanks to improvement in health care and nutrition, the average life expectancy has increased dramatically.

According to data from the US Social Security, a man reaching age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 84.3 and a woman turning age 65 today can expect to live, on average, until age 86.6.

Nevertheless, it is not age itself that bothers us, but the visible signs of aging that can make us feel old despite the fact that we feel young and vital. The health and look of our skin – whether on our face or on our body – plays a major part in how old we feel, and is seen as the most common indicator to others of our age.

Many things cause our skin to age. Our genes largely control the aging process and the visible signs on our skin. With time, we all get visible lines on our face. It is natural for our face to lose some of its youthfullness. We notice our skin becoming thinner and drier. This is called “intrinsic aging” and there is nothing that we can do about it. On the other hand “extrinsic aging” which depends on our environment and lifestyle choices can cause our skin to age prematurely. By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects that this type of aging has on our skin.

Some dermatologists suggest that as much as 80% of complications associated with skin aging are the result of sun exposure. Regardless of the precise percentage, if you are looking for proof of the effects of sun, simply compare the skin on your face and back of hands with the skin on a part of your body not often exposed to the sun.

UV rays emitted by the sun create free radicals that damage the skin’s cell and destroy the collagen and elastin in the dermis, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. UV rays also act as an accelerator for the production of skin pigment (melanin), resulting in the appearance of sun spots or age spots.

What are Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress?

The definition of free radicals according to Webster’s new College Dictionary is:
“An atom or molecule having at least one unpaired electron: free radicals are usually very reactive and unstable, and can damage healthy body cells “.

One group of free radicals which is a byproduct of mitochondrial oxygen metabolism processes is Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). The ROS group always contains Oxygen or Per Oxides and is highly unstable. ROS can also be generated as a result of ionizing radiation such as UV radiation.

The body deals with the free radicals, more specifically ROS, via specific enzymes that break them down or neutralize them or through antioxidants such as vitamins C and E. Antioxidants prevent oxidative reactions, often by scavenging ROS before they can damage cells.
Normally, the body can handle ROS, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the ROS production becomes excessive, damage can occur which is labeled “Oxidative Stress”.

Of particular importance is that ROS damage accumulates with age. This can be as a result of increased ROS production combined with a decrease in cellular antioxidant activity. Exposure to UV, stress, smoking and alcohol can increase ROS levels in the skin. The free radicals will alter the structure of our proteins, therefore damaging the collagen and weakening cellular structure.

How to reduce the effect of free radicals on the skin?

The best way is prevention: first, avoid UV damage by limiting exposure to sunlight during peak hours. In addition, always apply sunscreen when going out in the sun. It is also important to avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

The NowmMi treatment can also help you to reduce the effects of free radicals. A weekly treatment can help you to dramatically boost the amount of vitamin C and E antioxidants in your skin and protect against extrinsic aging.