The Healing Powers of Oxygen
When Joseph Priestly discovered the oxygen molecule back in the 18th century, he promptly invented “fizzy” water. Though this would be a boon to mixologists everywhere, physicians would later learn more important ways to use oxygen: as an essential element in healing the body’s tissues. Today, patients undergoing hyperbaric treatment are placed in a chamber where 100% pressurized oxygen is circulated, allowing the lungs and skin to absorb more concentrated oxygen in a shorter period of time.
Oxygen is also used to relieve scuba and deep-sea divers of a dangerous condition known as “the bends.”
After surgery, oxygen is employed to accelerate the development of new cells, enhance collagen formation, decrease recovery time, reduce the risk of infections and complications, and generally aid in the development of new skin.
In spa settings, oxygen is a versatile tool that can be used alone or to complement other treatments, such as skin re-surfacing. It can cool and hydrate and soothe irritated skin and act as a delivery system for healing products such as amino acids. Best of all, it imparts an attractive glow that leaves clients wanting more.
Thanks to such celebrities as Madonna and Eva Longoria, oxygen-infused spa treatments are hot. The treatments may consist of serums composed of antioxidants, amino peptides, and nano-hydraters to the skin through oxygen, to moisture and super-hydrate. These treatments leave skin looking and feeling younger with a visible firming lift. They are also used to support cosmetic, laser, and surgical procedures.
Oxygen machines can revitalize the skin and address fine lines and wrinkles by boosting the infusion of anti-aging products that contain the latest and most effective ingredients.
Spa products by companies like Sothys oxygenate the skin to help fight pollution, congestion, and the accumulation of waste in the skin tissues that can accelerate the aging process. The Sothys line consists of Oxyliance™ perfect radiance serum, Oxyliance™ fluid (for normal to combination skin), Oxyliance™ cream (for normal to dry skin), and Oxyliance mask, for all skin types. Retail prices between $30 and $70.