For many years, oxygen therapy was one of those luxury facials only a few people could take. But it’s not the case anymore. It has become just as popular and easily accessible as any other facial or treatment. However, you still pay good money to receive the therapy. The good news is that you can purchase over the counter products (OTC facial kits) which are designed to somehow have the same result. But it’s clear that you can’t expect the same result as the therapy offered at a clinic.
Give Yourself an Oxygen Facial At-Home
You know those folks who never wash their faces, eat whatever they want, and have never even touched a container of sunscreen yet nevertheless have flawless skin all the time? Why is it that life has to be so unjust?
We wish that beautiful skin came naturally, but some of us have to work harder (much more) than others to get it—and we are definitely one of them. If we could, we’d have a full-fledged spa facial every day, but with two businesses, a family, and a plethora of fur babies clamouring for attention, we seldom get an afternoon off.
Rather, we’ve perfected the art of the do-it-yourself oxygen facial. This 5-step facial, which can be done in the comfort of your own bathroom, helps fill your skin with oxygen, making you appear fresh, well-rested, and completely rejuvenated.
How to DIY an Oxygen Facial
A sophisticated equipment delivers a pressurised stream of oxygen and soothing chemicals right into the upper layers of the skin during an oxygen facial at a spa. Prior to the treatment, each person’s topical lotions and potions are generally customised, although moisturisers, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides are the go-tos at most salons and spas because these components help all skin types.
Oxygen and nourishing components are believed to help skin seem full and radiant, while also reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles, normalizing skin tone, and soothing acne. And, like other salon cosmetic treatments, this one may be rather costly, which is why doing it yourself at home is a good idea.
Even if you don’t have a sophisticated machine, you may get some of the advantages by following the same basic procedures at home:
- Opening your skin pores
- Infusing your skin with pure oxygen
- Applying beneficial vitamins
- Boosting blood circulation
The effects, like any DIY beauty treatment, won’t be as striking as a trip to the spa, so don’t expect to appear ten years younger afterward. However, an at-home oxygen facial can help you get the same fresh, rosy glow as the high-powered equipment in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how to go about it.
Cleanse your skin
Begin by cleansing your skin with a mild cleanser to remove makeup, grime, and oil, then patting it dry. We’ll cleanse twice if we’re not confident we’ve removed everything. To remove grime and makeup, first wash the face with an organic oil (sweet almond is usually a favourite). After that, I’ll use a mild foamy cleanser to ensure my skin is spotless.
Steam your skin pores
When it comes to creating healthy, vibrant skin, steam has a number of advantages. Face steaming not only opens pores to allow nutrients to penetrate, but it also covers the face in additional oxygen (a component of good old H2O). It also purifies pores, eliminates toxins, promotes relaxation, and improves circulation. Increased circulation, by delivering oxygen-rich blood to the skin’s surface, helps enhance oxygen in the skin from within the body. It also gives you the rosy, baby-faced shine that is so popular with facials.
If you don’t have a face steamer, a big bowl, a towel, and around 5 cups of boiling water would suffice. If you like, you may add some essential oils like lavender or chamomile, as well as dried flower petals, but it’s not required.
Pour the water into the bowl, then add the oils and petals. Cover your head with a cloth and bend over the bowl. Allow the steam to cover your face for 15 minutes with your head approximately 12 inches above the water (make sure you’re far enough enough to avoid being burnt) and the towel trapping the steam over the bowl.
Apply your nutrient-rich face mask
Now is the ideal moment to apply nutrients in the form of a face mask, as blood flow has risen and pores have opened. You may use whatever mask you like, since everyone likes to make own using bentonite clay, rose water, finely crushed oatmeal, and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is laden with oxygen (O2), which penetrates into the epidermis and raises oxygen levels.
When applied directly, it can be irritating, but mixing a drop or two with other nutritious substances might help you get the advantages of more oxygen without the discomfort. In this situation, more isn’t always better, and it might even be detrimental.
For this kind of clay mask, you need:
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay (clay made of volcanic ash)
- 2 drops hydrogen peroxide (liquid compound of hydrogen and oxygen (used as an antiseptic, to bleach hair, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon finely ground oats (cereal grass cultivated for its seed)
- 2–3 drops rosehip, chamomile (type of plant with medicinal value), or carrot seed essential oil
- Rosewater as needed to get the preferred consistency (water impregnated with the essential oil of roses)
- Small bowl (non-metal is preferable)
In a small mixing basin, combine all ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon (avoid using metal with clay). Apply a generous amount to the skin.
Seal your mask with a lukewarm bandage
Place a warm, moist washcloth or towel over your face while the mask is still on for about 5–10 minutes, rewetting the washcloth as required to keep it warm. The steam from the washcloth aids in the opening of pores, allowing oxygen and nutrients to penetrate deeply. If you have sensitive skin, however, you may want to omit this step to avoid aggravating any discomfort. After 10 minutes, remove the mask with warm water and pat the skin dry.
Massage your common serum or moisturizer into your clean skin
To seal the skin and keep it appearing fresh and dewy, use hyaluronic acid or a basic moisturiser. A brief facial massage, while not absolutely essential, stimulates nutrients to soak in and relieves tension in the face, making you seem younger and more invigorated.