Acid facials once were a luxury for the rich and famous …
Celebrities in designer dresses on all the world's red carpets would swear by them as a non-negotiable must-do before standing in front of the flashing bulbs in a glamorous event.
Today they are more of a daily luxury available at all your local spas.
Less exclusive maybe, but still very popular.
More women than ever swear on them, and many will tell you that they offer the best place for the money when it comes to seeing immediate results.
And they're still a go-to to see and feel amazing on your biggest days or most glamorous nights.
Weddings, great interviews, moments in the spotlight – that's when oxygen therapy does what's best.
The biggest questions I hear most?
What in the world is acid treatment for your skin? And why do people love it so much?
Acid treatment – facts
Not all information is good info, beauties.
One of the "facts" behind this therapy at the beginning was that doctors routinely used it to treat wounds and severe skin damage – what is good for doctors must be good for salons.
There is a small problem with that … that's not the same.
The type of oxygen therapy used by doctors is hyperbaric acid treatment, which means breathing almost pure oxygen in a pressurized room or stirring to get a massive amount of substance in the blood where it can help heal wounds etc.
Very efficient, but a completely different process.
While the principle of introducing pure oxygen may be the same, otherwise it will not be the same.
So, with that myth out of the way, let's look at the facts about what oxygen therapy actually is and does.
Acid is definitely important for the appearance and health of your skin, without a doubt, and some of the oxygen can come from the outside.
Acid facials deliver 98% pure acid infused with nutrients and antioxidants on the outside of the skin through a spraying process.
This is a non-medical procedure that does not require any injections.
Unlike filler, which is injected underneath the surface, here the substance is carefully pumped into the skin into your face from the outside.
It is quite possible that the epidermis living cells (outer layer) are oxygen depleted, and the effects of facial treatment are based on that premise.
Acids have no effect, of course, on dead skin cells, and the procedure usually begins with an exfoliation to remove them.
Does oxygen treatment work?
If you wonder about acid treatment can save neglected skin – probably not.
It is not a substitute for a healthy diet, sufficient hydration and one proper skin care routine.
It can not compensate for smoking, alcohol, or unprotected sun exposure in itself, but it will probably not be damaged.
Your lifestyle and your skin care methods will have more effect here.
Like all facials, acid facial treatment is supposed to be a complement to the usual care you give your skin, and it can provide an extra boost.
I think of it as a nice little blast … like adding a quick sprint to the end of today's training.
Or add a shot of protein to your smoothie.
Acids are needed by skin cells, they do not always get enough, and apply it directly to the skin together with other important nutrients, creating the healthy conditions under which skin cells enjoy and do their best work.
Another analogy for you …
Think about how a day at the spa can affect us busy mothers. The whole atmosphere gives us more peace.
It is deliciously quiet.
We will relax, receive all the spoils and attention we sometimes need, our cups are filled and we leave the feeling rejuvenated and at the top of our game again.
That's what oxygen facials give to your skin.
So, the answer to the question of "do they work?" Are they temporarily bringing good things to the skin.
The proof is anecdotal, not scientific, but your skin will probably have same glow and fresh feeling that you have after a day to be pampered.
The oxygen is applied to the outer layer of the skin, where the cells are constantly removed, so of course, the effects will fade over time.
Therefore, some say that oxygen treatment has the best benefits as a common practice.
My advice is to try multiple sessions if it interests you, look for results over time and judge yourself.
The exercise definitely has its opponent, let me be clear about it.
Back in 2006, a doctor and professor at the University of California, Irvine, the School of Medicine went so far to cold acid face "snake oil."
He is not a fan.
Another doctor in the same article said, "We hope the oxygen creates a pressure bubble that drives vitamins and nutrients in the skin."
He went on to explain that we did not have hard scientific data to prove it, while CEO of Intraceuticals said at the time, "The results speak for themselves."
If you decide to try, that's what you need to know
The suggested benefits of your skin from this type of treatment are many.
Oxygen helps with the vital processes that are taking place daily with your skin.
Here are just some ways that oxygen helps the skin to look and feel the best:
- Promotes collagen production.
- Helps the skin to remove toxins.
- Enhances the regeneration process.
- Helps heal damage to the skin.
All vital functions that a skin cell performs is supported by acid because it is a necessary component of the cell.
The added nutrients combined with acid in this facial work together to create the healthiest environment that is possible for your skin cells.
While delivering to them many of the tools they need to work optimally.
These are the benefits; Now on to the procedure.
What to expect During acid treatment
Like all facials, your aesthetist or spa employee (treatment does not require special education) will probably start to exfoliate the skin.
The acid and other nutrients are usually applied with a pin attached to an acid compressor.
The good news:
- The procedure is painless.
- You will not experience any side effects associated with other treatments like microdermabrasion, such as itching or mild stinging.
- It is safe to expect no recovery time from this careful treatment. Apply makeup or lotion immediately after treatment without worrying about reversing its effects or irritating the skin.
The souress of the sour treatment makes it appealing people with sensitive skin especially.
The lack of recovery time carries less risk before an important event, so that's a plus.
Acid therapy and your skin type
When it comes to skin type – The important thing to remember about oxygen therapy can be summarized in one word …
This is one of the mildest facial treatments that people still love for their immediate results.
I do not have many skin-type warnings for this because it does not introduce any real irritant to the skin.
Pure acid is already in your skin, just not enough.
Oxygen carries zero risks even for allergy sensitive skin or acne.
The pressure from the compressor is sufficient to be effective but should never be enough to cause a reaction.
If you have acne exposed skin or you are exposed to breakouts or reactions, just be sure to find out what other substances will be infused in the airflow.
This is where the only opportunities for problems can arise.
Otherwise, this therapy is suitable for any skin type.
There are not really any safety measures that take in oxygen therapy, as it is not a medical procedure.
For that reason, the only protection measures imply your expectations … be realistic and avoid false statements about acid miraculous healing properties.
It is a facial, there is no treatment in a specialized air chamber or health facility.
Lots of women and men look and feel amazing after a facial treatment; Your skin cells are probably very happy, and it shows.
I think that when you treat yourself well, your entire body is responding positively. I can not recommend it enough.
But I do not like to see women struggling with skin problems like acne, and already dealing with the feelings that accompany that struggle on a daily basis, hope for a miraculous solution to wield them in front of them.
The word "healing" may be misleading.
The words that I prefer to look applied to oxygen therapy are "happy" and "healthy", the way a good workout can make you feel happy and healthy even if you do not transform your body into a session.
Acid treatment can provide a healthy boost to the vitality of your skin.
It is loved as a mild but visible pick-up face treatment before a big event when you really need to get up to date.
It is not "healing" in the medical sense of the word, and should not be confused with the true medical therapy, hyperbaric acid treatment.
It is cosmetic and as such it has the desired effects we all look for in a facial, more hydrated, more lively skin tone.
You now know my philosophy, beauties, everything that makes you feel good and enjoying how you look – and do no harm to your health – is a yes to me!
Self care is not just a trend, it's an essential component of life as a woman in this sometimes crazy world we live in.
We deserve it.
And I'm a spa girl … that kind of "me time" is essential to your well-being.
You can not even underestimate the impact on your home and work life to make you feel at the top of your game.
If you want to add therapy to that picture, do it!
If you have not tried it yet, you might want to give it one step.
You are really worth it!
Let me know in the comments if you have tried oxygen therapy, what you love about it or something you do not like. And if you decide to try it for the first time, report here again with the results!