Oxygen is vital to staying alive. It allows us to breathe and is necessary for every organ to function properly. This is true of the skin. Oxygen supports healthy blood flow to the skin and prevents infections and fungi from taking root. Oxygenated skin will often look plump and have a healthy glow. Aging skin does not harbor enough oxygen which can contribute to duller skin. Oxygen facials take advantage of the current oxygen in your skin and aids in increasing it. The master estheticians at Northwest Face & Body perform the best oxygen facial Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
What Is An Oxygen Facial?
An oxygen facial is a professional facial that sprays highly pressurized oxygen to the skin. This technique is gentle and does not cause any ablation to the skin. The facial can also deliver specialized serums to the skin such as hyaluronic acid and various vitamins and antioxidants.
While the oxygen facial only treats the upper layers of skin in what is often referred to as “superficial” treatments, it promotes collagen growth which naturally oxygenates the skin. The procedure has gained popularity among celebrities and is noted for the glow it provides soon after treatment.
How It Works
In our 20s, the skin naturally processes the oxygen available to our skin. As we age, however, the skin begins to lose its natural ability to preserve oxygen stores and use it normally. The procedure does not place more oxygen into the skin because your skin cannot process outside oxygen. Instead, an oxygen facial’s highly concentrated oxygen stimulates your body’s healing response. This automatically oxygenates the skin.
Unlike other procedures that stimulate a healing response–like RF microneedling–an oxygen facial does so without causing abrasions. They are sometimes used after procedures like a chemical peel to aid in healing and reduce redness.
Oxygen facials come with many benefits. As a non-invasive procedure, it is suitable for nearly everyone and can supplement any skincare routine. Some of the benefits and advantages of a Bellevue oxygen facial include:
- Improves skin cell health
- Minimizes pores
- Stimulates collagen
- Promotes rapid cell turnover
- Reduces the amount of acne causing bacteria
- Maintains or improves skin elasticity
- Moisturizes the skin
- Eases redness
- Improves skin tone
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Treats skin discoloration
- Provides a natural glow
- Removes toxins and pollutants
- Promotes smooth skin
- Protects against UV rays and free radicals
- Plumped, youthful skin
- Improvement in skin texture
- May aid in acne treatment
- Takes less than an hour
- Results immediately visible
- No downtime or recovery
- Makeup and skincare products can be applied the same day
Oxygen Facial vs. Chemical Peel
Oxygen facials and chemicals peels are two of the most sought after esthetic procedures. The two can complement each other and ultimately serve different purposes. Your master esthetician may recommend both as part of a long term skincare plan.
An oxygen facial is a procedure that removes and infuses. It does not deeply exfoliate or go beyond the upper layers of skin. Even the most superficial chemical peels remove skin and exfoliate under the outer layers.
Additionally, the facial requires no downtime and little aftercare. Patients can apply makeup directly after their oxygen facial and return to daily activities. While it may cause some mild redness, it should not irritate the skin. Conversely, chemical peels cause micro-injuries that may lead to some post-treatment discomfort. The facial is well suited for patients wanting to explore professional skincare for the first and easy to alternate with chemical peel treatments.
To summarize, a chemical peel improves the quality and health of the skin. Conversely, an oxygen facial maintains and enhances overall skin health and appearance.
Oxygen Facial Before And After
Nearly anyone is a good candidate for an oxygen facial. It is safe for every skin type, tone, and okay for sensitive skin. The facial also can calm redness and irritation from many skin conditions like rosacea. Since it does not ablate or penetrate the skin, it is an extremely agreeable procedure for most patients.
There are certain situations where your master esthetician may determine you are not a candidate for a Bellevue oxygen facial. The main reason is if you are allergic to anything in the serums. They can discuss the ingredients with you if you have allergy concerns. Your master esthetician can also usually perform the facial without the serums.
Finally, if you need larger correction than the facial can provide, your master esthetician may recommend starting with other procedures. Even so, an oxygen facial can often complement these procedures well and aid in maintaining results.
On the day of your Bellevue oxygen facial, your master esthetician will start with cleansing your face. This removes any debris and surface oils present to increase the efficacy of your facial. After thoroughly cleansing, your master esthetician will start the treatment.
Our master estheticians trained with the manufacturers of the oxygen facial to learn the best techniques for application. First, your master esthetician will spread hyaluronic acid and any other chosen serums on your face. Then, they will use the medical grade facial wand to carefully infuse the serums into your skin using pressurized oxygen. The facial is not painful and takes about a half hour to an hour to complete.
Following treatment, your master esthetician may apply products like moisturizers and sunscreen. These protect your skin and further promote a good result. Otherwise, no other aftercare is necessary.
What To Expect
Patients are free to return to their daily activities immediately. An oxygen facial does not usually irritate or cause harm to the skin. You should continue to follow good skin practices like wearing sunscreen daily.
Occasionally, some patients may find their skin is slightly red for a day or so. This should resolve by itself and patients can cover it with makeup. Many patients also experience a natural glow following oxygen facial treatment. This usually lasts for about a week and is one of the major advantages of the facial.
Patients can receive oxygen facials every few weeks. For patients who want to maintain the glow, your master esthetician may recommend a package of facials with one every one to two weeks. After completing this, results usually last for longer and monthly facials often suffice and keep skin well nourished.
Oxygen facials can also be combined with various other procedures and complement their results. Sometimes after a chemical peel or microneedling, the skin may be red. Your master esthetician may perform an oxygen facial a week or two following the procedure to reduce this redness. It can also enhance the results from these treatments.
Pre-Event Skincare With The Oxygen Facial
For years, the oxygen facial has been a favorite pre-red carpet ritual for celebrities. The glow that the facial provides with no alterations in lifestyle and no irritation makes it perfect for obtaining a healthy glow before an event. Our master estheticians often recommend an oxygen facial at least two to three days before an event for the best results.
We also offer a pre-event facial package for patients interested in a more complete pre-event glow up. Our master estheticians cater every treatment to you and your skin goals. This package is perfect for before weddings, vacations, red carpets, or any other plans you may have.
Top Oxygen Facials In Bellevue And Kirkland At Northwest Face & Body
The master estheticians at Northwest Face & Body offer premier skincare consultation and services to patients on the Eastside and beyond. With specialized training and expertise, our master estheticians bridge together the beauty and medical sides of esthetics. They have experience in treating a variety of conditions such as acne, scarring, and rosacea. Additionally, they also know how to tackle skin concerns including hyperpigmentation, rough texture, and oily skin.
Northwest Face & Body is located at Carillion Point in Kirkland, a few minutes from both downtown Bellevue and Kirkland. Our facility is Medicare-certified and held to some of the highest standards in the state.