Oxygen Facials

I have been hearing a lot of buzz about oxygen facials for some time now, and I finally caved to curiosity. The Red Door Spa in Bellmore offers an Oxygen Infusion Facial as does the lovely, elegant Ananas Spa in Southampton, which offers a customized Oxygen Facial developed by their aesthetician, Marina.

Red Door Spa in Bellmore recently launched their own Oxygen Infusion Facial. This special treatment, according to Cornelia Zicu, Global Chief Creative Officer of Red Door Spas, adds collagen and oxygen to provide a one-two punch of serious benefits.

Zicu, an aesthetician who leads the creative development, implementation and education at Red Door Spas across the country, says that oxygen facials help our immune system, diffuse redness and calm skin.

“Infusing oxygen into the skin instantly allows it to breathe and gives it life and radiance. Treatment begins with the application of a specially formulated collagen serum to promote elasticity and firmness. Next, a steady mist of pressurized oxygen, delivered deep into the cellular layers of the skin, provides an immediate plumping effect. The concentrated application of oxygen and collagen revives the skin, resulting in a complexion that looks fresh, radiant and glowing.”

Zicu goes on to explain that their special combination of collagen and oxygen keeps the skin in a more youthful state and helps slow down the aging process. “It is especially important in the winter when skin can become dull and dry and in need of a rejuvenation treatment.”

Ananas likes to focus on providing personalized services to all their customers, and this was evident from the graciousness at the front desk to the comfortable treatment rooms. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I adore heated treatment tables, especially on a cold winter’s day. Nothing encourages relaxation like being tucked under warm, soft blankets and resting on a comfy, heated table. And Marina, who studied nursing in her home country of Lithuania, has an extensive medical background for an aesthetician, so I felt quite relaxed in her capable hands.

Marina explained that the oxygen facial is beneficial for any kind of skin issue, from acne to wrinkles to rosacea. She customizes each treatment to the most prominent needs of the client. We could have chosen from any number of approaches, and after examining my skin, Marina chose hydration as the focus of this particular session.

After cleansing, she sprayed my face with a nebulization-oxygen serum infused with a mixture of herbal and plant essences. Next came an exfoliation compound, which she covered with gauze for easy removal and then a clear, plastic mask that pumped cool, pure oxygen into my skin and lungs.

“Well-oxygenated blood and skin result in not only healthier skin, but overall health,” she said, advising me to take long, deep breaths. It felt amazing!

Once the mask was off, the serum was sprayed into my skin again, followed by a deep exfoliation with steam, eye and lip care, and extractions. Marina uses all-natural Yonka products from France, one of her favorites and mine. She then put on a hydrating mask and used the oxygen again. During this time, she gave my arms and hands a soothing, moisturizing massage.

After 75 minutes with Marina, my skin looked and felt moist and healthy, and I felt pampered by her gentle hands and the effective Yonka products.

Despite some controversy about the efficacy of oxygen facials, treatments picked up steam in the credibility department when Madonna swore by them. I would consider this alone reliable proof, but my own results were certainly substantial enough that I can easily recommend this refreshing facial for a mid-winter pick-me-up!

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.