Facial skin oxygenation from within, also known as an ‘oxygen facial’, is one of the most effective beauty treatments. The present standard of beauty is healthy, clear and smooth looking facial skin. Over the last decade many new home-based beauty treatments designed to improve and maintain healthy skin have been developed. These include home-use devices for daily facial cleansing and high-end cosmetic skin care products.
The home-based treatments can be used as a standalone treatment routine or to compliment treatments performed in a spa. A spa facial beauty treatment usually includes facial skin exfoliation followed by infusion of various skin enhancing ingredients. It typically ends with the application of a facial skin protection cream. In recent years many cosmeticians have added an oxygen facial stage to improve the skin’s quality, health and smoothness. This has created a demand for home use-devices that perform facial skin oxygenation.
Our journey to uncover the optimal facial skin oxygenation treatment that would make beautiful facial skin a reality took us back to the year 1846. In this year a jet of salty bubbling water erupted in small city in Germany called Nauheim. This started the era of Nauheim bath treatments. The term “Nauheim bath” refers to a cold salty bath that has high concentrations of up to 3.9% of free carbon dioxide gases.
The influence of the Nauheim bath treatments on the skin is well documented [1-3]. The various scientific explanations described a “sensation of warmth in CO2 baths and reddening of the skin in the bathed areas of the body”. The scientists explained that the flushing of the skin was due to the additional CO2 absorbed by the skin during the spa bath. This additional CO2 was rapidly exhaled, so no changes were apparent in the CO2 concentration in the blood. The local pH changes that occurred in the region of the capillaries that absorbed the CO2, resulted in hemoglobin dissociation and the increased transfer of oxygen to the skin tissue . This latter phenomenon was later coined the Bohr effect.
This strong scientific evidence about the influence of CO2 bubbles on the skin led us to develop the NowMi facial skin oxygenation treatment.
The NowMi treatment uses an effervescent tablet combined with lubricant gel to create a chemical reaction that results in the formation of CO2 micro-bubbles on the skin’s surface. The NowMi effervescent tablet contains high concentration vitamin C as well as citric acid and sodium bicarbonate. When the tablet starts dissolving in the lubricant gel, the following reaction begins which releases salt, CO2 and water:
The released CO2 creates the scientifically proven Bohr Effect on the facial skin. As a result of the Bohr effect, there is an increase in the capillary blood flow and a release of oxygen from the hemoglobin, which create a facial skin oxygenation from within.
NowMi Facial Skin Oxygenation Results
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.
Skin rejuvenation and acne scar reduction: rejuvenation of the facial skin of a young female suffering from severe acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Following the NowMi treatment there is a clear reduction of the acne scars and an improved skin tone.
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